GSNorCal offers multiple avenues to get started with robotics. If you are new to robotics we recommend the following:
Tinker with Lego® Mindstorm NXT kits with your troop and see if it sparks your interest. Reserve your kits online!
Attend an introduction to robotics workshop hosted by teams and/or staff
Be a spectator at a local Bay Area FLL tournament or VEX IQ competition
Current teams participate in FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and VEX robotics competitions. Our teams have earned multiple achievements, including awards, press coverage and gone on to championships!
FIRST® Lego League (Grades 4-8) - Build and program robots that will compete in the FLL annual challenge
FIRST® Tech Challenge (Grades 7-12) - Compete with other FTC teams by exploring the connection between robotics and sports
VEX IQ (Grades 3-8) - Solve robot and research project challenges and compete in multiple year-round events
For Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors:
VEX Robotics Competition (Grades 7-12) – Participate in a yearly engineering challenges in the form of a game. Build robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches. Learn about our VEX Space Cookies team working out of NASA Ames.