Our History

Our origins may be traced back to 2009, when four high schoolers founded Fremont High School's first robotics team, VEX Team 1381, the "PyroChickens". The following year, our team decided to shift gears to the First Robotics Competition. Occupying a small corner of the school’s Engineering Classroom, we did very well for a rookie team, becoming the highest rookie seed.

For the 2012 FRC Season, we, with now over 20 members, moved to a small shed just behind the Fremont Union High School District office. Proud of our contraption, named Phoenix-2, the Fremont Grinders would go on to become a semifinalist at Central Valley Regional.

In 2013, our team, now called the “Fremont High Firebirds”, built Oddjob, named after the famed James Bond villain, for the Ultimate Ascent game. It did very well at the Central Valley Regional, and we not only became the #1 seed, but also won second place and the Judges award. We began participating in more outreach events, showcasing our robot at Maker Faire 2013. Later in the postseason, the team would host Calgames 2013 and place there as a Quarterfinalist.

We moved once again to a new portable classroom during the summer of 2013. Membership grew to over 40 active members, and we began focusing on using more professional tools, such as CAD and Quality Assurance, to produce an exceptional robot. Our 2014 Robot, the Companion Cube, became a semifinalist at Central Valley Regional that year. Enthusiasm and spirit blossomed within our team, and consequently we won the Spirit Award at CVR as well. In May 2014, we voted to change our name to the “Fremont High Firebots” to reflect our dedication to fostering a passion for technology.

Now in its 5th year of FRC, there are over 55 active members in the Fremont High Firebots, of which 30% are female. We have been busy improving the quality of have robot: 2015 marks the first year the team’s robot, Spark, has been completely built in CAD. We attend many local community events, such as the Silicon Valley SteamFest and Maker Faire, and visit local schools, working to inspire our local community and extend knowledge about FIRST programs. At this point, it’s not just about the competition anymore. We have continued growing as a team and we built very successful during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. With over 5 years of experience, we hope to inspire generations more of future scientists, businessmen, and engineers.

Past Executive Councils:

2016-2017

Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Electrical Engineering
Vice President of Mechanical Engineering
Vice President of Software Engineering
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Vice President of Safety
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Strategy

Kevin Zhang
Yash Kedia
Collin Howard
Cindy Zhang
Lauren Meier
Karthik Balakrishnan
Meryem Esa
Rohan Walia

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2015-2016

Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Electrical Engineering
Vice President of Mechanical Engineering
Vice President of Software Engineering
Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing
Vice President of Safety/Quality
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Special Projects
Vice President of Strategy

Logan Howard
Davide Lanfranconi
Rishab Kedia
Kevin Zhang
Daniel Zhang
Aayush Patel
Meryem Esa
Neel Saswade
Cindy Zhang

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2014-2015

Chief Executive Officer
Vice President of Electrical Engineering
Vice President of Mechanical Engineering
Vice President of Software Engineering
Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing
Vice President of Safety/Quality
Vice President of Finance
Vice President of Project Management
Vice President of Strategy

Sitar Harel
Rajat Walia
Rishab Kedia
Harel Dor
Daniel Zhang
Annam Quraishi
Kenny Nguyen
Logan Howard
John Lin

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2013-2014

President
Lead of Electrical Engineering
Lead of Mechanical Engineering
Lead of Software Engineering
Lead of Business/Public Relations
Lead of Safety/Quality

Stuart McCrorie
Rajat Walia
Sitar Harel
Jaidev Bapat
Hailey Sanidad
Annam Quraishi

2012-2013

President
Vice President
Lead of Electrical Engineering
Lead of Mechanical Engineering
Lead of Software Engineering
Lead of Business/Public Relations
Lead of Safety/Quality

Stuart McCrorie
George He
Vasu Maheshwari
Charlie Depew
Jaidev Bapat
Hailey Sanidad
Annam Quraishi

2011-2012

President
Vice President
Lead of Electrical Engineering
Lead of Mechanical Engineering
Lead of Software Engineering
Lead of Business
Lead of Public Outreach
Lead of Safety

Jason McCrorie
Stuart McCrorie
Rich Kaecher
Jason McCrorie
Bruce Feldman
George He
Jaidev Bapat
Annam Quraishi

2010-2011

President
Vice President

Nathan Depew
Jason McCrorie

2009-2010

President
Vice President

Nathan Depew
Jason McCrorie