Who are we

FIRST Team 6560 Charging Champions is a community driven high school robotics team in Irvine, California formed by students who all share an interest in robotics and STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In 2017, our team has built three robots and we continue to improve our understanding of the mechanical, pneumatic and control system components as we get ready for several upcoming competitions under the First Robotics Competition (FRC) program.

The FRC robotics program teaches and refines the students' STEM skills in robot-building, programming, mechanical design, mathematical calculations, Computer Aided Design (CAD), website development, technical strategy and video production. Our students also learn social media marketing and business skills by developing our business plan and strategies, fundraising and community outreach.

Our team was founded in 2011 at the elementary school level competitions under the First Lego League (FLL) where we competed as the Senior Saviors. We continued the FLL program in 2012 as the Disaster Defeaters. The team was 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 wanted to continue their robotics experience and chose to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in 2013.

In 2014, our FTC Team 8660, Charging Champions, had great success as a rookie team and we were 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, the next year 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 setup up our game and join FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). We have expanded our team to 21 members with students from four high schools in Irvine. Our membership is diverse in background, ethnicity and gender but united in our love for the program. We have learned a lot through our experience, successes, failures, obstacles and challenges and hope to apply them in this new level of competition. We strive to have a fun, exciting and rewarding 2016-17 season, and our goal is to give our best and to again qualify for the 2017 World Championships.

A short video encompassing our growth over the past 5 years