Who Is Team Spyder?

Team Spyder is the robotics team that represents the Poway High Engineering Academy and builds robots to compete in competitions like FRC and VEX. But we’re so much more than that… As a robotics team, we’re set apart by our commitment to safety, our countless mentorships and events, and our insistence on simple community involvement. As members, Spyder's get to learn to program and build robots, be part of a real business environment, participate in everything from fairs to local government meetings! If you want to get involved and help others get involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), if you want to get real business experience, if you want to travel to events throughout the country, if you want to get plenty of college credit and possibly even some scholarships, or if you just want to build a robot, Team Spyder is the place for you.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Like FIRST, Team Spyder is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We serve the Underrepresented, Underserved and Vulnerable Youth. Since our inception as a team we have served Hispanics, Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, girls, young women, socio-economically disadvantaged students, first generation in college students, disconnected youth, and youth living in rural or urban areas (such as Ramona and Title 1 students). Through our outreach and on the team, we also serve foster, homeless, immigrant, limited English, students with disabilities, students in special education and LGBTQ+ youth. We reach out to students in special populations beyond our school supporting programs such as the Monarch school and Include Autism. One of our missions is to be a champion for the Underrepresented, Underserved and Vulnerable Youth (which is what we are doing this year with Title1 schools: Valley and Garden Road Elementary; also inner city schools: Wilson Middle School, and the Monarch School for homeless youth).

2019 Awards:

  • FIRST Championship - Houston, TX

    Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen Championship
    Safety Star Award (Ryan Barnett) Championship
    Pit Safey Award

  • Canadian Rockies Regional

    Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
    Safety Star of the Day (Ryan Barnett)

  • Idaho Regional

    Safety Star of the Day (Ryan Barnett)

  • Iowa Regional

    Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
    Safety Star of the Day (Nick Faaborg)

  • Northern Arizona Regional

    Regional Engineering Inspiration Award
    Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories
    Safety Star of the Day (Ryan Barnett)

  • San Diego Regional

    Regional Chairman's Award
    Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (Todd Parr)
    FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Ethan Champion)

Join Now! Click here to apply for Team Spyder. We always accept applications, but there are limited spots on the team. So apply now!

In the News!

8/10/2018 [SAN DIEGO, USA] Team Spyder featured on 92064 Magazine!

Team Spyder Initiatives!



Team Spyder 1622 at FIRST Championship Conferences in Houston (Download the curriculum for 2019-2020):

Houston Championship
Conference Education & Innovation Track
Sustainable Fundraising Session
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 8:30AM - 9:20AM
Room: 370AD


Houston Championship
Conference Mentor & Coach Track
Safety Award Session
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: 1:30PM - 2:20PM
Room: 370AD


We support the United States Congress H.R.500 - Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019. Please take a moment and write to your Representatives asking that they support H.R.500, a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe, the astronaut and school teacher who was tragically killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

Spreading FIRST'S message:

Advocacy (#makeitloud):

Poway Unified Robotics Day: On March 14, 2019, the PUSD Board approved a resolution proclaiming April 23, 2019 as Poway Unified School District Robotics Day 2019 in recognition of the growth of Robotics Teams throughout the Poway Unified School District and the achievements they have garnered. Poway Unified School District Robotics Day.
City of Poway Robotics Day: On March 8, 2019, the Poway City Council approved a resolution proclaiming March 8, 2019 as Robotics Day in the City of Poway in recognition of the growth of Robotics Teams throughout the City of Poway and the achievements they have made.
City of San Diego Robotics Day: San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey declared March 7-9, 2019 as the City of San Diego FIRST Robotics Competition 30th Anniversary Weekend, honoring Team Spyder 1622 and all San Diego teams for their work in STEM and Robotics in the City of San Diego.

In the News

July 7, 2019 [POWAY] Team Spyder 1622 and our Poway High School Engineering Academy is features in Engineers' Tribune at https://www.engineerstribune.com/the-poway-high-school-engineering-academy-and-pathway/


Upcoming Events

FIRST Global - Team Paraguay and Team Benin, Africa

Team Paraguay (mentored by Team Spyder) won the Safety Award and ranked 67 out of 161 at the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge in Mexico City! Team Benin moves onto starting 10 robotics teams in schools across Benin, Africa with help of Team Spyder purchasing 10 robot kits for school curriculum.

Team Spyder 1622 Featured on FIRST Global- We Are The Energy of The Future!


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