The robotics team is holding a fundraiser at the Blossom Hill Chipotle! Support the team by going to 640 Blossom Hill Rd in Los Gatos on Monday, December 7th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. When you order, show them the flyer or tell them you are supporting the team, and 33% of the proceeds will go to our team. Also, you can order online and using the promo code BMHKTMX.
Team Iron Claw is extremely saddened to announce that we will not be attending any official FRC competitions this season since all FIRST events from here on out have been officially cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. An official statement from FIRST reads: It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season and the cancellation of both Championship events. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who supported us this season.
Unfortunately, we have learned that both competitions we were planning to attend, San Francisco Regional (March 19-22) and Silicon Valley Regional (April 1-4), have been indefinitely postponed as a precaution to the spread of COVID-19. Postponing suggests that it will be held in the future, but FIRST has not given out any additional information. We have worked extremely hard on our robot, and there is a possibility that we will participate in a different regional. We'll be providing updates as the situation unfolds.
Our first competition was the San Francisco Regional. We ran into technical difficulties, particularly with the electrical board. Our planning for assembly was not up to par, so we were faced with mechanical issues as well. From there, we knew what we had to do in order to perform better at the next competition. Although our performance at SFR was not as successful as we had hoped, we agreed that this was a stepping stone we could utilize in order to learn from our mistakes. Putting this into practice, we spent a lot of time in the two weeks before our second competition testing and refining our mechanisms on our second robot. By the time of the Silicon Valley Regional, it had become clear that all of the hard work we put into preparing had paid off: our robot ran much more smoothly, and we had improved to the point that we were the number one robot for delivering cargo. After 80 qualification matches, alliance selection began and our performance earned us a spot alongside the fourth seed alliance, headed by Team 604. In the playoffs, we made it through the quarterfinals and semifinals to ultimately compete against Team 254, one of the best teams in the world. Although we ultimately lost against them, as a result of [...]
FRC Team 972 was founded in 2002 at Los Gatos High School but disbanded after six seasons following the retirement of the head mentor. In autumn of 2015, the team was restarted as "Iron Claw Robotics" by a group of LGHS students who had previously been members of Pioneer High School's Team 668, the Apes of Wrath. Since then, the team has found success at the FRC regionals, qualifying for the World Championships twice, and grown from a group of 15 members to a class of 50 students at Los Gatos High—supported by alumni, mentors, and our wonderful parents and community. More than just robots, we strive to foster passion for STEM among team members and inspire the community through outreach. Steven Dandurand, Co-Captain Alan Sheu, Co-Captain Allison Liu, Curriculum Council Chair Pranav Tadepalli, Programming Director Rebecca Meshenberg, Mechanical Director Angela Sheu, Operations Director Anthony Furman, Programming Co-Lead Faris Raza, Programming Co-Lead Taren Patel, Assembly Lead Yanis Yankauskas, CAD Lead Caitlin Nguyen, Electrical Lead Dante Massaro, Machining Lead Tony Zhou, Finance Lead Leison Gao, Fundraising Lead Katie Guo, Communications Lead Gretel Bachman, Safety and Organization Lead Charles Wang, Co-Captain Steven Dandurand, Co-Captain Daniel Stulski, Curriculum Council Chair/CAD Lead Maciej Buzsko, Programming Director Adrina Tang, Mechanical Director Alan Sheu, Operations Director Maxim Tarasevich, [...]