In 2003, several members of the Science Club at Archbishop Mitty High School had the idea to start a robotics club at Mitty. After attending CalGames and observing the 2003 FRC game, Stack Attack, the students convinced the Science Club’s moderator to help them form their own team.
After an intense first build season, the team was excited to attend our first competition, the 2004 Silicon Valley Regional, “FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar,” with our robot Mark I. We were the 11th seeded team after qualifying rounds, but we still became alliance captains. We made it to the semifinals of the competition and received the Highest Rookie Seed Award and the General Motors Industrial Award. It was then that our robotics team truly began to take shape.
Throughout the years, our team has grown from a small group of friends to a fully functional, effective, and successful competition team. In October 2008, we hosted CalGames, during which Archbishop Mitty students attended a robotics competition for the first time and proudly chanted “T-K-O.” In 2009 at the Silicon Valley Regional, our soccer-playing robot, named Brandi, met Olympic Soccer gold medalist and Mitty alumna Brandi Chastain. Our team also met John Doerr of KPCB (Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), who praised our team manual as an example of a well-written business plan. And in 2012, our basketball-shooting robot, named Mark IX, beat alumnus Aaron Gordon, who is currently a forward for the NBA team the Orlando Magic, in a free-throw contest at a school rally.
Today, our team has more than 100 registered members supported by two faculty moderators and numerous mentors, volunteers, and alumni. We are proud to represent the diversity of Archbishop Mitty’s student body. We promote female involvement in STEM through our marketing and strong female mentors. We also make efforts to pass on our knowledge and resources and encourage younger grades to explore STEM by hosting a summer camp at Mitty and visiting schools in our area, including Sacred Heart Nativity School and Queen of Apostles School.