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Highlander Robotics

The FIRST Robotics program is an internationally renowned initiative that engages students in hands-on STEM learning through robotics competitions. Teams of high school students collaborate with mentors to design, build, and program robots to compete in various challenges. The program fosters critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and teamwork, preparing students for future careers in STEM fields.

The Highlander Robotics is an exemplary participant in this program, known for its innovation and excellence in competition. With a dedicated group of more than 50 students and 17 mentors, the team consistently showcases creativity and technical know-how in designing and executing their robot designs. The team provides hands-on experience with lab equipment and technology, engagement with expert mentors and speakers from the STEM industry and opportunities for field trips to top companies. Through participation in FIRST Robotics competitions also cultivates a strong sense of community and camaraderie among its members, fostering a passion for STEM that extends beyond the competition arena.

Highlander Robotics is located in Piedmont, CA and is the capstone robotics program for the largest community-based FIRST league in the country. As the only competitive community FRC team in a 25-mile radius, their program now has members from 17  high schools who otherwise would not be able to participate in the First Robotics Competition. The team was founded in 2019, working out of a team member's garage. Thanks to Piedmont High School, they are now working in the Mary G. Ross Engineering Lab at PHS. It welcomes students with all experience levels.

In April 2024, the Highlander Robotics team were the second alliance captain and came into the playoffs in second place out of 75 world class teams in their division with a 10-0 record in qualifying matches. The team represented Piedmont and the East Bay on the world stage.

In the past three years the Robotics Team has placed within the top 0.5% - 3% of FRC teams in the world. 

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