ABOUT

WHO WE ARE

Iron Claw is an FRC team that operates through the Robotics Class at Los Gatos High School. Team 972 was founded with a strong belief in the importance of student leadership.

Throughout the fall, all members are trained in basic assembly before branching off and training with student leaders in their respective technical field.

All aspects of our team—designing and building our robot, training members, fundraising, and hosting outreach events—are coordinated by students. Our members work with industry-level machines and software thanks to our access to the invaluable LGHS engineering room, metal shop, and woodshop. 

FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams have six weeks to build an entire human-sized robot from scratch. At competitions, the robots play a sports-like game where teams are placed into alliances of three robots each.

Each season, we have about six weeks to design, build and program an entire 125-pound robot. Our members initially collaborate on design and prototyping and contribute to sub-teams like manufacturing and programming for the remainder of the season.

We always welcome new support through sponsorship and mentorship. Without guidance or assistance, we would not be able to exist as a team. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or sponsor, please look over our team handbook as it includes details about our operations and reach out to us.

MORE THAN ROBOTS

Iron Claw is more than a group of students building robots. We are a team that continually strives to make a positive impact in our community.

OUR IMPACT

Every year, we conduct outreach at local elementary schools and community service events. We strongly believe that people should be able to pursue STEM regardless of their backgrounds, so we have expanded our outreach program to include community service events for people of disadvantaged backgrounds. As our outreach program further develops, we endeavor to maximize the impact of our efforts in the lives of future technology leaders.

“To build and foster a student-led environment where members develop the STEM, business, leadership, and collaborative skills crucial to innovation in society” –Iron Claw Mission Statement

MEET THE TEAM

Alan Sheu

Co-Captain

Pranav Tadepalli

Programming Director

Dante Massaro

Machining Lead

Nika Sabouri

Fundraising Lead

Steven Dandurand

Co-Captain

Angela Sheu

Operations Director

Yanis Yankauskas

CAD Lead

Tony Zhou

Finance Lead

Allison Liu

Curriculum Council Chair

Taren Patel

Assembly Lead

Faris Raza

Programming Co-Lead

Katie Guo

Communications Lead

Rebecca Meshenberg

Mechanical Director

Caitlin Nguyen

Electrical Lead

Anthony Furman

Programming Co-Lead

Gretel Bachman

Safety & Organization Lead