About Team 3501

Who We Are

The Fremont High Firebots, founded in 2010, is a student-led organization focused on robotics. Comprised of over 55 active members, the team competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Based at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California, the team has been teaching students critical thinking and engineering skills over the past five years.

What We Do

Our Mission

The Fremont High Firebots strive to not only teach high school students proper engineering techniques and enhance their leadership and decision-making skills through participation in the First Robotics Program, but also to inspire younger students by introducing them to opportunities in STEM fields that they may otherwise not be exposed to.

Based on research conducted by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST; learn more here), the chances of having a successful career in engineering, science, technology, and business are very high for people who apply themselves in school. Studies have shown that FIRST Robotics participants are:

  • Twice as likely to pursue a career in science and technology
  • Four times as likely to pursue a career in engineering
  • More than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities

Our Organization

Team 3501 greatly supports the ideal of a student-driven team. We are proud of having the student body design, build, and test the robot instead of the mentors. The Firebots value student leadership, initiative, teamwork, and respect within the team as well as among the local FIRST teams. To ensure that the team runs smoothly and efficiently, the Firebots are split into subgroups that are managed by a Student Leadership Council. The subgroups are categorized into technical and non-technical. At the beginning of the training season, students may choose one technical subgroup (Mechanical, Electrical, Software) and/or one non-technical subgroup (Strategy, Finance, PR/Marketing, Safety, Special Projects) so that they achieve mastery within their subgroup.

As a non-profit organization, the Fremont Robotics Team relies on community support. In return, team members give back to the community by participating in robot demonstrations at local schools and companies, thereby developing an interest in science and technology in young minds.

Our Leadership

Student leads are nominated before elections by fellow teammates selected through a voting process. Candidates must give a 2-5 minute speech or video followed by participating in a Q&A session during elections. In the case of a tie, or if a student wins a position within two votes, mentors decide the winner of the election.

All leads are expected to:

  • coordinate projects within their subgroup.
  • meet with other leads to coordinate robot and team activities.
  • manage conflicts within their subgroup.
  • organize technical education for members within their subgroup.

This structure ensures that the team runs efficiently while still remaining student-run. For more information about our leadership, click here.

Our Seasons

The team uses a year - round approach to ensure that team members receive the education they deserve while also fulfilling the mission of FIRST.

Students engage in a Training Season from September through December, during which they participate in workshops taught by experienced mentors and senior students. These workshops include technical skill development in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, so"ware development, safety, game strategy, financial management, public relations, and media.

During Build Season, from January through March, the team develops a robot in preparation for competition.

The Competition Season runs from March through April. Team members who wish to participate in Competition Season must have been active during the Training and Build Seasons.

Competition Season is followed by the Outreach Season in May through August. During Outreach Season, team members participate in several community events, providing robot demonstrations at local schools, libraries and companies, thereby developing an interest in science and technology in young minds.

Our Training

Using a badge system designed in-house, our team trains all returning and rookie members. Members attend training sessions led by team members, where they learn the skills and tools neccessary to construct the robot come build season. After learning their skills, they must be tested on their ability to apply this knowledge in order to receive their badge. In order to make it onto the travel team for competition, members must have acquired the needed badges in their subgroup as well as mandatory badges (Game knowledge, First Aid, etc.).

To learn more about the Team 3501 training website, please visit the website here.



As a non-profit organization, the Fremont Robotics Team relies on community support. In return, team members give back to the community by participating in robot demonstrations at local schools and companies, thereby developing an interest in science and technology in young minds.

All information about our budget may be found here.

Awards and Honors

Finalist

2013 Central Valley Regional


Semifinalist

2012 Central Valley Regional

2014 Central Valley Regional


Quarterfinalist

2013 Calgames

2015 Central Valley Regional

2015 Ventura Regional


Alliance Captain

 

 

2013 Central Valley Regional

2015 Central Valley Regional

2015 Ventura Regional


Highest Rookie Seed

2011 Silicon Valley Regional


Inventor Award Finalist

2011 Silicon Valley Regional


Industrial Safety Award Finalist

2015 Central Valley Regional

2015 Ventura Regional


Judges' Award

2013 Central Valley Regional


No. 1 Seed

2013 Central Valley Regional


Spirit Award

2014 Central Valley Regional

2016 Central Valley Regional

Learn More

Our History

How we became who we are today.

Our Outreach

How we give back to our local community.

Our Mentors

The volunteers who support our team.

Our Robots

The robots that our team has produced.