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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Your four #cmi Semifinalists!

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Final day of #cmi! @coolermastergaming

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Suited up and ready to go at #cmi!

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Getting ready for our first match in the Newton playoffs! #omgrobots

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Such a fun event! Thank you to the team at andymark for putting on this awesome event and for giving us a $50 gift card to Amazon! #omgrobots

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What a way to end our qualification matches here at champs with a score of 440 putting us at rank 18th! #omgrobots

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Getting ready for the last qualification match of the season! Get hype and join us by watching the stream! Link in our bio. #omgrobots #frc5012

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Don't forget to stop by pit admin and sign up for our pit announcement text message service! The more teams involved the better! #omgrobots

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Drive team getting ready for our first match of the day! Watch us live from the link in our bio!

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And we're off day # we don't even know anymore! It's time to get these qualification matches started! #omgrobots #frc5012

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We love robotics because robots are awesome!! #winvidia #FIRSTchamp

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On the metro to the venue for another exciting day at Houston world champs! #omgrobots

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We're having a blast so far at Houston champs! Can't wait to get started with qualifications in the morning! #omgrobots

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After an extremely early start, the Gryffingear airship has officially landed on Houston, Texas!

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We're having a rummage sale to raise funds for world championships! Come on over to our school for some amazing deals!

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We're back baby! #ifitaintbroke

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We may be out but we're still having fun! Thanks for the amazing matches @highrollers987 and Warlords! #omgrobots

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Huge thanks to our Vegas homies @highrollers987 for inviting us to their alliance and to 2485 The Warlords for joining us on this magical journey! #omgrobots #frc5012 #frc987 #frc2485

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Our match is up next! Check out the livestream on our facebook or on twitch. Link in bio!

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Starting off day 3 bright and early! #omgrobots

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After long day yesterday, we're excited to get the qualification matches going!

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It's always fun to hang out with our fellow AV teams! #omgrobots #frc5012 #frc6060 #frc585

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Time to start off the weekend with an early morning, hanging out at our favorite regional!#omgrobots #frc5012

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Our alliance with @frc1323 and @frc1671 just set the event high score and was the first alliance to get all 4 rotors spinning!

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Getting ready for the last day of comp! Get hype! #omgrobots #frc5012

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Another amazing match here at the Sacramento Regional! So far undefeated! #omgrobots #frc5012

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We won our second match of the day bringing us to rank 7! #omgrobots

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Setting up in queue for our first practice match! #frc5012

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We passed inspection! A little more code work and then off to the field for practice matches! #frc5012

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Pit crew is hard at work getting ready for inspection! #omgrobots #frc5012

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We have a great view here in the stands at the Sacramento Regional! Time for an amazing day of competition. #omgrobots #frc5012

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Team 5012 Gryffingear is here at the California State Capital! #omgrobots #frc5012

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Team 5012 Gryffingear has made it to the capital city of California! Sacremento Regional here we come! #omgrobots #frc5012

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  • 2015 FIRST World Championship

    The winning alliances including; Team 1678 Citrus Circuits, Team 118 Robonauts, 1671 Buchanan Bird Brains and lastly Team 5012 Gryffingear.

  • Community House Outreach

    Team 5012 Gryffingear inspiring kids to pursue STEM activities by hosting a workshop for local students.

  • First Robot Reveal

    Team 5012 first ever robot reveal, The Golden Snitch

  • World Championships

    Team 5012 competing at the 2014 World Championships and meeting Woodie Flowers, FIRST founder.

  • Palmdale Aerospace Academy has started online fundraising!

    Our team has officially started accepting credit card donations. We need awesome team members and donors like you to share this link and tell your community why you support Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear!


  • Patrick Brophy is now an admin for the Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear

  • At 06:02 pm, the fundraising platform for Palmdale Aerospace Academy was born.