For the first time, the Burlingame robotics team 5026, the Iron Panthers, competed in the finals of a First Robotics Competition(FRC) event. On Sunday, September 17th, the Panthers competed in the finals of Chezy Champs, an offseason tournament held at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. The team took home a finalist trophy, their first from an FRC event. They ultimately lost the finals during a tiebreaker, but not before beating the world champ and host of the event, team 254, the Cheesy Poofs, a team that receives funding from sponsors such as NASA. The event marked an important milestone for the Iron Panthers.
“We were never really that recognized,” said junior Jerry Yan. “And we're 100% student-run instead of having mentors doing work for us, compared to [team] 254 who had NASA engineers.”
“Student-built, student-run.” is the team motto. The Burlingame robotics team prides itself on being student-run, and while there are adult mentors, they are very “hands off”.
For more information about the team, you can visit the Burlingame robotics team stats page here.