FIRST Robotics Competition
Considered “the varsity sport for the mind,” FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build robots programmed to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
Started in 2007 by San Marin High School students, Penguin Empire Robotics entered our first FRC competition in early 2008. The organization has continued to develop team building, engineering, mechanical, and programming skills. Each year since 2008, we have competed in the regional FIRST competition and continue to work toward our mission and goals together and dream bigger dreams. In 2013, with the introduction of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program to our high school, we had an influx of freshmen from the program. These students brought fresh enthusiasm and energy, and we look forward to a future collaboration with our club and the San Marin STEM program.
Our mission is to engage young people in exciting, mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, cultivate teamwork and collaboration, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including, problem solving, self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Penguin Empire Robotics emphasizes teamwork, responsibility, and “gracious professionalism.” We strive to give back to our community and promote an interest in and passion for the art and science of robotics technology and engineering.
We visualize a world where creativity, knowledge, respect, and science converge to expand the thinking, viewpoints, and contributions of students to one another, their communities, and the world at large.
In the 2008 FRC Davis Regional competition, we earned the Highest Rookie Seed Award, and our alliance placed second overall. In 2009 and 2010, we won first place two consecutive years in a row in the City of Novato 4th of July parade for our robot and float design. In 2011, we made First Reserved at the FRC Davis Regional competition. In 2014 we were part of the top eight alliance, finishing in 17th place out of 54 teams overall. At the 2017 Cal Games, we took home 2nd place. At the 2018 UC Davis Regional, we received the Innovation in Control Award. In 2022, We received the Roku Automation Engineering Award at both the Davis and San Francisco competition. In San Franciso we finished 3rd overall as alliance captains.