Team 972 was founded in 2002 at Los Gatos High School. After competing for six seasons, the team disbanded due to the retirement of the lead mentor. In the fall of 2015, the FIRST Robotics Competition program was restarted by a group of LGHS students who had been a part of Pioneer High School’s Team 668. Since then, the team has grown in number from 15 to 45 members, won the 2018 San Francisco Regional, gone to the 2018 World Championship, and gone to the 2019 World Championship.


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 email us at contact@ironclaw972.org if you are interested in becoming a mentor and at sponsor@ironclaw972.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.


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.


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