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Vitruvian Bots: A Stellar Season

We are extremely proud to share that the Da Vinci Science Robotics Team 4201, the "Vitruvian Bots," had a stellar 2014 season in the FIRST Robotics Competitions. Thank you to our sponsors, mentors, teachers and parents for your support! Our team's accomplishments this year include:

  • Finished 5th out of 66 teams in the Los Angeles Regional Competition
  • Finished 3rd out of 8 alliances in the play-offs
  • Our Engineering Captain, Junior Tony Stuart, won a Dean's List Award and a $10,000 scholarship at the FRC National Championships in St. Louis, Missouri; Tony was one of only 10 students selected from a field of thousands who applied from across the country
  • Won the Imagery Award for attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration from the machine to the team appearance
  • Won the Motorola Quality award for machine robustness in concept and fabrication
  • Made the playoffs in the Inland Empire Regional Competition


These are stellar accomplishments, particularly for a team that is only three years old! Better still, Da Vinci team members learned skills that will follow them through their future studies and careers, including programming, computer-aided design, mechanical engineering, 3D printing, laser-cutting, strategy, and other skills including teamwork, leadership, communication, marketing, graphic design, presentations, and writing award essays. Along the way, we brought STEM and robotics to kids in grades 3-8 in several different forums and demonstrated our robot in the community, at businesses, and at El Camino College.

This year more than 300,000 students from 80 different countries are taking part in FIRST robotics.

A HUGE thank you to FRC coach Aaron Tostado and our team mentors: Fazlul Zubair (Raytheon), David Stuart (Boeing, Retired), Ted Dang (Danger Consulting), Ralf Ihmels (COM DEV USA), Craig McGrath (Boeing), Rusdi Fatani (Boeing), and Nanci Bolas (Consultant); and our sponsors: Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, COM DEV USA, WyzAnt, Elite Technologies, Gardena Specialized Finishing, MiCIAN, and of course Da Vinci Schools and the Wiseburn School District.

We are so proud of these incredible kids. GO VITRUVIAN BOTS!

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