The Presentation Robotics team, FRC Team 2135 - Presentation Invasion, is the core of the program and provides hands-on experience for the students in STEM-based fields such as mechanical design, manufacturing, software development, and marketing. Team members design, build, program, and then compete against other teams in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition. Adult mentors from local technology companies in the Bay Area volunteer their time and experience to guide the students using industry-standard tools and practices. The student leadership team plans and directs the daily activities for the entire team much like a small business setting. No prerequisites or experience are required to participate. Team members also have opportunities to learn about a variety of STEM-related careers through trips to our sponsor and partner companies.
The Presentation robotics team spends a lot of their time in “the shop” where students get hands-on robotics experience. Using the CNC tools in our well-equipped shop, they cut metal parts and assemble each new robot as a precision mechanism. In other areas of the shop, students create designs using CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools and develop and test software for controlling the robot functions. This is where the fun happens!
The Robotics Team is a participant in FIRST Robotics. FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is a national organization that helps students get involved in engineering, technology, and science. The organization works to increase knowledge and cooperative skills, and it prides itself on the team-building aspect of its competition.