Charging Champions is a 7th year FIRST robotics team based in Irvine, California. We started out of a garage with a handful of students and mentors in 2016; since then the team has gone on to win regionals and qualify for worlds for 4 years.
By making hands-on STEM resources more accessible to high school students, we hope to create a diverse and open community that has the opportunity to prepare for real world applications in the field of engineering and beyond.
Building a robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a learning experience – from CAD and programming software to the mechanical and electrical parts of the robot – and our team members are always working to improve both the year’s build and their own skills. Our alumni have gone on to pursue careers in STEM and attend prestigious universities including Purdue, Virginia Tech, Princeton, NYU, UPenn, and UC Berkeley.
FIRST, or “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a global robotics community which hold competitions where high schoolers across the world can come together and compete. Each year, students in FIRST collaborate to make an industrial-sized robot which is capable of solving a challenge. Each year the theme for these challenges is different which allows students to diversify their knowledge of the field of engineering. Teams design, program, and build their robot starting with a standard kit of parts and common set of rules to play in a head-to-head challenge. Teams also build a brand, develop community partnerships for support, and work to promote STEM in their local community. FIRST is present in over 100 countries and is designed to inspire innovation and lead those who participate into a brighter future.
As a community team, our students come from high schools across Irvine and the surrounding area. They come from diverse backgrounds and were selected through an application and interview process. Each student is a part of one of our 5 subteams which work together to create a final robot.
Our mentors are made up of FIRST alumni and parents of team members. While each year’s robot is fully designed and built by students, mentors assist by providing guidance on the general process and the skills needed for creating a competition ready robot, especially during our off season.