FIRST Team 6560 Charging Champions is a community driven high school robotics team based in Irvine, California formed by students who share an interest in robotics and STEM. In 2017, the team built three robots and are continuing to garner an understanding of the mechanical, pneumatic and control system components, while getting ready for several upcoming competitions under the First Robotics Competition (FRC) program.
Our team was founded in 2011 as a First Lego League (FLL) team under the name of the Senior Saviors. We continued the FLL program in 2012 as the Disaster Defeaters, coached by Raj Neervannan and Raja Kolli. After 2 successful years as an FLL team, team members Anish Neervannan, Arjun Neervannan, Ganesh Kolli, Ashwin Tripathi, and Anish Joshi moved on to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) the following year.
In 2014, our FTC team had great success as a rookie team, being the only Orange County team to reach the Super Regionals, one level below the World Stage. Inspired by the success and skills learned in the program, Rithik Lingineni, Rushil Gupta, Nandita Joshi, Noopur Siroya and Pallavi Kolli joined the team.
During the 2015 FTC season, we applied the knowledge and experience from prior years and championed to win the Think Award and Connect Award at various competitions. We also received 2nd place for the Inspire Award. Our team performed well throughout the Qualifying tournaments, Regional tournaments and Super Regional tournaments. At the Super Regional Tournament, out of over 4,000 teams around the world, we qualified as one of 128 teams to move on to the World Championships!
In 2016, we decided to graduate from FTC to FRC, a transition that required a huge step up in the scope of the robot, funding, mentorship, space, and an increase in team membership from 9 to 21. At the Ventura Regionals, our team placed in the top 4 for robot performance--no easy feat for an FRC rookie team’s first competition. We were also awarded the FRC Rookie award for our innovative robot design, strong robot performance, unique history, outreach efforts in FTC and FRC, and strong potential for spreading the FIRST message.
For the 2017-18 FRC season, we further expanded our team and participated in FRC regionals at Ventura, California and Flagstaff, Arizona. We had a great season, lots of lesson were learned, and many memories were made.
For the 2018-19 FRC Season with several graduating seniors, we worked on perfecting our drive train and incorporating new parts into our robot. Our pre-season robot helped bring new members up to speed. We worked endlessy on our robot to tackle the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE mission and competed at Del Mar, CA, North LA, CA and Ventura, CA.