Robotics

OLP’s Robotics and Engineering Club focuses on the development of 21st century skills, teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management and communications.

Congrats OLP Robotics Team!

Congratulations to our amazing Robotics Team on winning the Rookie All-Star award at the FIRST Robotics San Diego Regional Competition in 2018. The team was the FIRST and ONLY all-girls team at the competition. The team also won the Matt Grob Innovation Award presented by Qualcomm! This award recognizes one qualifying team from the San Diego region that exemplifies a high level of innovation throughout the competition. Not only did our Pilots receive this distinguished honor, but they also received a $10,000 award to help them travel to and compete in the 2018 FIRST World Championship in Houston!

In 2019, the Pilots received the honor of competing at the FIRST World Championships in Houston for the second year in a row. They were one of four all-girls teams there, breaking the traditional glass-ceiling of team diversity in FIRST and in STEM.

About OLP Robotics

OLP uses robotics as a tool to promote student engagement and enhance STEM learning at the school. The students involved learn how to use machinery, code, CAD, market their team, create an executed business plan, teach others, be leaders, and work as a team. They use tools such as 3D printers, Solidworks 3D modeling, mills, drills, and many other machines to enhance their learning and ability to create.

Each year a team consisting of approximately 30 young women participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. They bring their unique abilities and dedication to the team to design and create a robot to tackle a complex engineering task. This competition challenges engineering and teamwork skills. Each year FIRST releases a unique game and the team designs, builds, wires, and programs a robot to compete in regional competitions after a 2 month build season. They also learn how to incorporate electronics, pneumatics, and programming to increase the functionality of the robot. The competition requires the team to network and collaborate with students from other schools from all over the world on developing a successful game strategy.

This robotics team impacts the OLP community as well as many people by giving them an environment where young women are empowered to participate in the STEM fields. They inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Last year, 100% of the graduates continued on to a 4-year college and 80% of the graduates went on to pursue degrees in STEM fields.

Student Testimonials

"Team 6885, The Pilots, holds a very special place in my heart as it has shaped me to be the woman I am today. Through these past years, I have been able to learn leadership and teamwork skills that have helped me excel in multiple aspects of my life. For me, it has open a multitude of doors that I would have never opened myself. Thanks to this team, I am well-versed in coding and Computer-Aided Design(CAD), comfortable with sponsorship grants, know my way around the workshop and have a better understanding of my capabilities as a woman. I believe this team has made an impact on all team members as it has also helped them reach a future with boundless opportunities. I wish every girl can have the chance to be part of this team so they can be inspired to think of themselves as inventors, scientists, and engineers."

- Sofia Rojo-Kratochvil '20

"Robotics has allowed me to grow my passion for STEM and has made me discover my desire to pursue engineering. It has allowed me to gain experience creating something and learning how to use different tools and machines that I never expected to use in high school. It helped me accept failures in life and helped me understand the importance of learning from mistakes. It has helped me become diligent. In this club/team, I was able to work with many of my schoolmates and improve my teamwork skills. It has given me the opportunity to create valuable friendships."

- Allison Moya '20

"Being a part of the OLP Robotics Team has been amazing. I joined the team at the beginning of my freshman year and have been able to develop deeper relationships with some of my sisters at OLP. I have also increased my interest in STEM and grown in my knowledge of computer science and engineering. As a member of the team, I have been able to help encourage and promote women and girls in STEM fields in our world today."

- Mallory Downing '21

"I joined the team as a shy freshman who wanted to dive deeper into the world of engineering after being introduced to it at a young age. While attending many robotics competitions as a girl on an all-girls team, I acknowledged that females in the engineering field aren’t getting all the credit they deserve. I decided to dedicate myself to the team all throughout these three years because the lack of women in these male-dominated fields inspired me to take action where it was needed. On the team, I have learned the fundamentals of robotics and made everlasting friendships. I have also become more outspoken as a person due to the opportunities given to reach out to other robotics teams. The Pilots Robotics Team has definitely changed my life for the better."

- Kaitlin Ordonio 21’

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