The Friarbots, FIRST Robotics Team 3309, consists of students from Servite, Rosary, and Connelly. The team aims to form capable leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and other realms through participation in FIRST. Team members plan, design, build, and program a robot that will compete against others, gaining real, hands-on, technical engineering training, and developing skills in leadership, collaboration, communication, planning, fundraising, public relations, and more. Students leave Team 3309 inspired to pursue STEM in their careers and prepared to handle whatever demands are placed upon them in their education and careers.
Team 3309, which is 50+ members strong, is recognized as one of the top teams in Orange County. In the past year, the team has earned semi-finalist and finalist rankings in Los Angeles and the Valley and won the Entrepreneurship Award for “presenting themselves more like a well-established corporation than a high school robotics team.”
Previous robotics and/or programming experience is not required to join the team. Mentors, moderators and team members are available to train new members in their areas of interest, whether that means being machine-trained or leaning CAD or programming. (Dr. Carr/ Brian O’Neill)
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