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, student leaders train members in their technical fields. The culmination of our preseason training is a “mini build season” where we design a game and challenge newer members to apply the skills they have learned.
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.
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