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Robotics at its finest.

About Us

Hi! We are Team 4950 from Cupertino High School Robotics, a group of ragtag freshmen and sophomores united by our love for engineering. Our past few seasons of the FTC division of FIRST has been very eventful and successful. During the 2014-15 Cascade Effect season, we were part of the finalist alliance at the Saratoga QT and managed to advance to the NorCal championships from the Brentwood QT, where we had a very good run but did not qualify. This 2015-16 Res-Q season has been very successful, with an Inspire award win and NorCal championship advancement at our first tournament.

The Team

Our team isn’t just a competitive group of high schoolers. We’re a family. Of awesome robot builders. Psst... click on one of us to see a full bio.

Karan


Karan

Co-Captain/Team Representative

Greetings! My name is Karan and I am the Team Representative and co-captain. This is my second year in FTC, but I have taken part in several other competitions, such as Tech Challenge, FLL, and DI. I am also a part of the BSA and ESY. Robotics gives me a channel to express my creative side and merge this with analytical thinking. Very few programs can offer this rare combination. While in the past I have focused mostly towards hardware, this year I tried to assume more of a mentor role, facilitating discussion between the “babies” and guiding them. Last year in FTC, our team was defeated at regionals. This season, I hope our team can persevere and make it to Supers! I also enjoy Australian cinema.

Animesha


Animesha

Co-Captain/Systems Advisor

Hi! I'm Ani and I am the Systems Advisor and co-captain of team 4950. I am a dancer of 11 years, a tutor, and a roboticist. When I joined the team for the 2014-15 season, I had zero robotics knowledge. Using robotics as a means to stray from the artistic path I had limited myself to previously, I fell in love with the robotics environment and learned so much over the course of the season. The immense joy and satisfaction brought to me by robotics was what motivated me to apply to lead the team this year. I continue to participate in robotics in the hopes that I can bring the new roboticists the same knowledge and experiences my captains brought me.

Anushka


Anushka

Hardware

Hello, I'm Anushka Narvekar, a sophomore at Cupertino High. I joined Team 4950 to get hands on experience with robotics and to further develop my interest in STEM. Outside of robotics, I enjoy reading, singing, and spending time with friends.

Aashrav


Aashrav

Hardware

My name is Aashrav Shetty and I am a freshman in Cupertino High school. I am here because I enjoy robotics because in robotics I learn something new everyday. Other than doing robotics this year I did robotics last year in 8th grade. Last year in robotics I worked with NXT mindstorms and that is when I got my interest in robots. I am different than everyone else because I have innovative ideas that are implemented into the robot.

Elliot


Elliot

Hardware

Hi! My name is Elliot van Huijgevoort and I am a member of the FTC robotics team, 4950. To start off, let me talk about who I am. I am 14 years old, turning 15 next year on June 25th. For school, I go to Cupertino High School. I am in robotics because I have always loved creating something incredible with others, and I now know that this is what we do in robotics every time we meet. Some experience I have is I am great at working in groups. This sometimes gets hard though, since it is difficult to make a decision when everybody has their own specific design of the robot. I do not have much experience in building robots specifically, but I did “dabble” in the python software program, and I know some things about hardware.

Henry


Henry

Software

Chapter One: I am Henry. I am a sophomore at CHS. I am currently 15 years old. I spent majority of my childhood in China and moved to the United States in 2004 as my parents found jobs overseas. I had no friends back then so everything was fine with me. I still had to learn English, though, which sucked. My first friend was the children’s dictionary. Chapter Two: I’ve been interested in robotics ever since I got my hands on the Rock ‘em Sock ‘em (The most fun you can have with your clothes on - Jingles 2013)game thingy. I was interested in how the “robots” worked, and eventually took it apart. However, I had no idea what the parts were for nor how to put it back together. But it seemed interesting, and that was all it took to spark my interest. I didn’t touch robotics for a long time before joining the club, however, as I found more interest in software.

Jeffrey


Jeffrey

Software

My name is Jeffrey. I was born in Miami and I moved here in 2004. I am 15 years old. I am here because I wanted to try robotics. I don’t have any previous experience building robots. I know a little bit about coding, but not very much. I took 2 years of wood shop in middle school but I have never taken metal shop. I like playing basketball and video games.

James


James

Software

Who am I? Well, I am James J. Li, a sophomore, currently on my first year on the team. I am a badass who isn’t afraid to square up, but I will probably defeat you with my SWAG. I am here to accompany my buddies and assist in building the robot that will WIN. That’s it. We fight and we win, gracefully, nothing else said matters. And I just want some place to be for 2 hours where I won’t be bored. I have experience when it comes to building things, anything. Since I was 9, I have been building things out of whatever I could find, I’ve made scale models out of paper, sheet metal, or any useful scraps. I have the ability to improvise and still make things work. I can design things that actually WORK, due to my extensive experience with my grandparents, who design and build bombers. What makes me, me? Well, I make myself myself and only myself, for only I can make myself myself and myself cannot be made by anything other than myself.

Basel


Basel

Software

I joined the Lego Robotics club at Hyde Middle School, where I became further acquainted with robotics. Majorly due to these acquaintances, I decided to join the FTC Robotics teams at Cupertino High School. In team 4950, I’ve gotten to know many different people. I’ve been motivated not only to learn more in robotics, but to learn all that I can. Robotics has been a wonderful experience for me. Throughout my life, I believe I have developed into a curious, perseverant, and hardworking young man. These traits are what characterize me, and I hope that robotics will pose a challenge that will allow me to exercise these traits and teach me what I have always wanted to learn.

Chris


Chris

Software

I am Chris. I am a teenager who likes playing piano, video games and much more. I like to bike as an outdoor activity. I like to play with tech in my free time, or trying to improve things that I see around me in my drawings. I joined CHS Robotics 2015-2016 to expand my knowledge and also because creating a robot interests me. I am currently on the software division of 4950, trying to figure out how stuff works and is put together ( but I also help out on the hardware side too…). I have experience in computer programming languages such as Python, C , C++ and a little bit of Java too. ( Note: I am NOT an expert at all these languages…). I think that my family and friends greatly shape me as a person and I owe a lot to my family who make me who I am today.

Aryan


Aryan

Software

My name is Aryan Dawra and I am a member of team 4950. My life began in Snellville, Georgia. I lived there for seven years with my mom, dad, and younger sister before moving to Colorado. Two years later, I moved again all the way to California. I’ve gone from east to western America, but my desire to travel the world hasn’t ceased. Traveling is something I enjoy a lot and I have gone to four countries so far. Robotics is something that is very new and exciting for me. Overall, team 4950 has been awesome and learning robotics is very fun. I have learned a lot more than I had expected and as a team we have accomplished a lot and made many crucial breakthroughs. We have grown as a team and are ready to take down any challenges first presents us.

Janani


Janani

Hardware

My name is Janani Jagannathan, and I joined robotics because I always wanted to code and to work with parts and modules and to build a functional robot. I am also excited for competitions to see robots in action. I have no experience with robots and how to build them, but I have watched many Tech Challenges on YouTube when they get announced.

Jimmy


Jimmy

Software

I am Jimmy Liu. I am a sophomore at Cupertino High School. I am here because I am interested in building a machine to do my bidding. This is my first year here, so I don't have much experience with robotics. I believe I am defined by my interests and experiences. Some of my interests include being with friends, video games, and tinkering with tools and parts.

Awards

We've also racked up a few awards over the years.

Inspire Award

The Inspire award was an award we received as a result of our excellent performance in multiple categories at the qualifier, which earned us nominations for the Think Award, PTC Design Award, and Rockwell Collins Innovate Award. As one of the top awards, the Inspire Award gave us a sense of confidence, motivating us to continue to improve as much as possible.

Compass Award

At the regionals a year ago, our team won the Compass Award. The Compass Award recognizes an adult coach or mentor who has guided the team throughout the year.

Sequoia Qualifiers

At the Sequoia Qualifiers this year, we performed well and were able to progress to regionals by winning the Inspire Award. Though we still faced many problems with running our robot during the competition due to phone controller problems, we were still able to pull through and manage to show what our robot could really do.

Our Robot

We have a 3D model of our robot that we used to plan it out and print some cool 3D parts!

Videos

We have some cool videos with our team, along with award videos such as Promote and Compass. Check them out!

Promote Award

Compass Award

Sequoia Qualifiers