Vulcan Robotics

We are an award-winning community robotics team composed of nine high school students from the Bay Area. September 2020 will mark our seventh year participating in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), an annual competition where students from around the world build robots to complete game challenges. For more information on FIRST and the FTC competition, visit the official FIRST website.


2019/2020 Season

The 2019/2020 season is our 6th year participating in FTC. Skystone is focused on building blocks as tall as possible.

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2019 Off-Season

During the 2019 off-season, the team built an off-season robot as well as vlog our process.

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2018/2019 Season

The 2018/2019 Season is out 5th year participating in FTC. Rover Ruckus, the game of this season, is centered around picking up minerals from a crater and depositing them into a lander.

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2018 Off-Season

During the 2018 off-season, we once again presented at libraries and continued to recruit new members. We also built a new drive train for testing purposes.

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2017/2018 Season

The 2017/2018 season is our fourth year in FTC. The game of this season, Relic Recovery, is centered around picking up foam blocks and placing them in a grid, and placing a “relic” in a desired zone to score points.

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2017 Off-Season

During the 2017 off-season, we presented at libraries, recruited and trained new members, built a cascade lift and drive train, and acquired sponsorships.

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2016/2017 Season

The 2016/2017 season was our third year in FTC. The game of this season, Velocity Vortex, was mainly to score whiffle balls into a center vortex and cap these vortexes later in the end with yoga balls.

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2015/2016 Season

The 2015/2016 season was our second year in FTC. The game of the season, FIRST RES-Q, was centered around climbing, and scoring cubes/balls.

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2014/2015 Season

The 2014/2015 season was our team’s rookie year. The game of the season, Cascade Effect, was centered around scoring balls in rolling goals and having goals pushed around the field.

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Outreach

Throughout the year, we work on contributing to our community in order to spread the word about FIRST and robotics. This includes outreach online, at competitions, and at local libraries and schools.

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What is FIRST?

“FIRST’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership” (from FIRST website).

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What is FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)?

FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.(from FIRST website).

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Donate

You can help us continue our passion for robotics by helping us pay for all the parts we use and the activities we participate in! We are a registered nonprofit and you can even get tax benefits from donating!

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