Why You Should Join
Real Life Experience
Becoming a member of a FIRST Robotics team is a great choice
for almost any student. For those who are considering careers
in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
fields, participating on a FIRST Robotics team can offer
amazing opportunities for hands-on experience. But FIRST
is not just for the engineers of the future; being on a team
is a great experience for people with career interests of any
sort. As a mentor of Team Spyder, John Campbell, has described
it, "You'd be shocked at how much this is like the work
environment." In addition to preparing students for the work
place, being on a FIRST team can help students who plan on
going to college. FIRST Robotics participants are eligible
for over $14 million dollars in collage scholarships.
Joining Team Spyder has team-specific benefits as well.
At Poway High School, Robotics is a 6.5 class so students
are given school credit for participating in FIRST Robotics.
Concerning school credit, being on the team is the equivalent
of taking an elective class. Possibly the best part of being
on Team Spyder is meeting the other students and mentors on
the team, who are intelligent, inspiring, encouraging, and fun!
"FIRST Robotics has given me tools and opportunities to succeed in
life; it even gave me the opportunity to work at a robotics company
with real life application."John Matze (Media Director 2011)
Problem Solving and Leadership
"Robotics gives you life skills such as working as a team, problem
solving, leadership skills and how to communicate professionally
with companies."Karyn Brown (Media team member 2011)
"Being on a FIRST Robotics team has helped me tremendously improve
my public speaking skills. I have had frequent opportunities to
talk to judges and other professionals, which has helped me learn
how to professionally address an adult."
Julie Gattenio (Team president 2011)
Michael Salamy, Derek Sit, and Ryan Zhao presented for the prestigious Chairman's award at the Bayou Regional
in 2015 (Right)
"Robotics offers more than 14 million dollars in scholarships
available only for college-bound FIRST students. I personally
received a full ride to Clarkson University because I participated
in robotics for four years."Andrew Lindsey (Web and Media Director 2010)
Robotics, like any other sport or extra curricular activity, requires
time. The entire robotics team only officially meets on Wednesdays
for most of the school year but during the six week build season, we
meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Since the robot needs to be built
within such a short time constraint, Mechanical Team usually is the
most demanding and the biggest time commitment during the six week
build season; they meet up to 6 times a week.
We understand that you have other extracurriculars that may conflict
with Robotics. If you know you are going to miss a meeting, you need
to inform Mr. Dohm or the secretary before hand. You will need to make
up the hours that you missed. Since Robotics is a 6.5 class, you are
not allowed to miss more than 3 meetings.
How to Join
Find Mr. Dohm or Mr. Parr
Talk to Mr. Parr or Mr. Dohm. (Either during the normal school
day or at one of our team meetings on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm
in room N3106)
Print the forms from our Team Forms
Turn in Forms
Fill out the forms so you can be a part of the team officially.
This needs to be done ASAP. You can give them to one of our
Required forms and additional information can be found under