What we're all about

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   We are FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 5012 Gryffingear. Our team consists of 50 students, two teachers, and ten mentors from The Palmdale Aerospace Academy in Palmdale, CA. Our mission is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at our school and community. In order to create a magical future for the world, we aim to inspire the next generation of STEM and business leaders.
   Last year our team went to the World Championships in St. Louis and among more than 600 competing teams, our alliance won the championship. After this success, we attended the National STEM Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C.  in order to support additional funding for after school STEM programs included in the "Every Child Achieves Act" senate bill. 

    Team 5012 Gryffingear is more than just about us, we have assisted many teams to further their experience and even helped start five new teams including Dementorques, Alloymantulas, Torchbots, Ravenclaw, Manzanita House, and The Boys and Girls Club. With money donated we can help support Robotics programs in the Antelope Valley and engage the community in STEM education. 

   FRC Team 5012 Gryffingear is a year-round program. When we are not in competition season, we are honing our engineering skills, attending off-season events, hosting workshops, and promoting STEM education through outreach in our community. Robotics is about more than just the robot. This program is about educating the community, inspiring students, and planting the seeds of STEM.

About FIRST: 
   Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen the program FIRST (For Inspiritation and Recongition of Science and Technology) is purposed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Every year, FIRST announces new challenging games for four K-12 divisions.

About Gryffingear: 
   Because FIRST announces new challenging games every year we must adapt, for six weeks we build a 120 pound robot designed to compete at a World Class level. This year we will be competing at the Los Angeles and Las Vegas regional competitions. Then we'll move on to FIRST World Championships in St. Louis to compete and cooperate with more than 600 teams from around the globe.
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  • Jonathan Mendoza
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