TEAM SAN DIEGO
Team 812 is the oldest team in San Diego. In light of that, we have taken a leadership role in recruiting new teams in the county. Because of our efforts of not only starting teams, but encouraging those teams to start other teams in their area, San Diego County now contains over fifteen FIRST teams!
In 2003, we recognized the difficulty many of these new teams had in getting familiar with FIRST and the challenge many of our older teams had in creating sustainable programs. In response, Team 812 founded Team San Diego, the San Diego FIRST Robotics Coalition. This coalition works together in an effort to bring FIRST ideals to Southern California (and, eventually, across the border) as well.
Team San Diego works together to host a variety of community events in the San Diego area, but also to support each other in the building of our robots. Through Team San Diego, the STUDENTS on Team 812 take an active role in ensuring that each team receives guaranteed assistance whenever they have problem.
Our students are not only active organizers of ALL Team San Diego events, but are also mentors – driving as far south as Chula Vista and as far north as Escondido to run workshops on public relations and marketing, programming debugging, giving mock competition demonstrations, helping rookie teams develop an organized team structure, and much, much more.
Our many outreach initiatives allow Team San Diego to be visible within the community.
Through Team San Diego, it has been our honor in helping raise successful FIRST teams. These teams, such as the Devil Duckies (FRC#1266) and the Holy Cows (FRC#1358), have gone on to take leadership roles within Team San Diego.
Not only do we applaud these teams for their drive, but we thank them for setting an example for the San Diego FIRST community and take much pleasuring working alongside them.
To learn more about Team San Diego, click here.
"Joining robotics has given me the opportunity to be in a supporting community of others with my same enthusiasm towards engineering."
ESTEBAN SOTO, Midnight Mechanic
Esteban Soto (far left), pictured here with team advisor Dan Rupert (middle), and Kyle Norquist (far right) has been a Midnight Mechanic for four years. His involvement on the team includes being a member of the drive tran group, building the chasis for the robot, and a driver. Now, in his senior year, Esteban aspires to pursue a major in mechanical engineering (ME). His experience in FIRST and in Team San Diego has not only equipped him with the engineering skills to do so, but the teamwork and collaborative skills to be successful as an engineer.
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