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The Team

Team 5181 was started in 2013 by two teachers at La Salle College High School and only a handful of students interested in robotics. The team competed for the first time in the 2014 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) season. Ever since, the team has expanded its presence within La Salle as well as outside into the broader community. 

Student Involvement

Even with the support of 15 adult mentors, Team 5181 takes pride in being a program organized and run by students. Since 2013, students have taken initiative to grow the team and expand robotics initiaitves within La Salle and to various schools in the Philadelphia region. In addition to the elected student Leadership Team, every member of Team 5181 gains fundamental leadership skills by partaking in the the team's efforts to build robots, recruit new members, and obtain sponsorships.

What is FRC?

FIRST® Robotics Competition is a multi-national competition in which high-school students work side-by-side with science and engineering professionals and other adult mentors, to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. Using a standard “Kit of Parts,” a common set of rules, limited resources, and time constraints, FRC teams are challenged to design, build, and program a 120-pound robot to perform the tasks of the season’s game against a field of competitors in a sports-like event, as well as raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills.

The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events played on fields the size of a basketball half-court, and are the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines. “Winning” is not solely defined by which team’s robot scores the most points. FIRST® also awards FRC teams for their achievements in areas such as excellence in design, creativity, innovation, business, marketing, and Gracious Professionalism. The FRC program is a life-changing, career-molding experience that is as close to “real-world” engineering as a student can get.

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