Titanium Robotics’s mission stays true to FIRST®’s ideals; our mission is: to encourage young people, especially students, to become advanced in the fields of science and technology by providing engaging and inspirational activities that promote the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM Education) in a way that a normal classroom environment cannot.
Students on Team 1160 work together with adult mentors to pursue a common goal: creating a robot that will compete in the changing annual competition outlined by FIRST®.
Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of approximately 50 students. Although most members come from San Marino High School, there are members from other schools who share a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Robotics gives students the opportunity to work with professional engineers from companies such as Boeing and JPL, who have volunteered to be mentors to the team. Members not only learn to work with intricate machinery, but also learn to design and build a robot by hand. Programming is also an extremely important part of robotics that can be learned. If mechanical or programming work does not interest prospective members, one can always work on the business side to the Titanium Robotics experience. Titanium Robotics offers a wonderful experience for everyone.
Our team was founded in 2003 by Dr. Jeng Yen. Four years after our team was founded, our present advisor and mentor, San Marino High School teacher Scott Barton, came forward to lead the team. Following the ideals of these two mentors, the team has always emphasized a student, not mentor, led workforce which equates to a unique experience not found anywhere else in San Marino.
Beginning as team “Titanium,” the team competed every year in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an annual competition where teams from across the world have 6 weeks to build a functioning robot to compete in a game that differs from year to year. A few years later, we decided to change our image and thus became “Firebird Robotics.” After a couple years as “Firebird Robotics”, we have officially reinstated ourselves as “Titanium Robotics”.