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Members of the Upper School Robotics Team and Mathematics Teacher and Robotics Coach Andew Theiss gather around their robot before it competes at the Central Valley Regional Tournament.

Robotics joins FIRST

Saisha Kumar March 22, 2023

The Upper School Robotics Team competed in the Central Valley Regional Tournament in Fresno on March 11 and 12. This year, the robotics team transitioned to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science...

A Sacrifice For Success

A Sacrifice For Success

Dylan Graff September 29, 2022

It’s 7 a.m. and Brady Dunlap ’23 is getting shots up in the gym. It’s morning now, but during Lunch, Conference Time or the Directed Study period, Dunlap said he can still be found in the gym trying...

Jack Austen ’23 points out an efficient path for driver Oren Hartstein ’24 to take to pick up as many hoops with the robot’s mechanical claws as possibbe. The pair, who compete for team 62Z, practice every day after school to prepare for regional VEX Robotics competitions.

Teams find success at school’s first home robotics tournament

Claire Conner February 7, 2022

The school hosted the Harvard-Westlake Challenge, its first robotics tournament, with 55 Southern California teams competing in two divisions Feb. 5 and 6. Middle school and upper school teams won each...

Members of school robotics team 62B embrace after winning the 2021 Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship.

Robotics team 62B wins VEX Robotics World Championship

Claire Conner June 8, 2021

The robotics team won the 2021 Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship May 22, becoming the school’s first team to win a world championship. They beat 260 teams, who all qualified for the tournament...

Robotics championships canceled due to pandemic

Julian Andreone June 4, 2020

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the robotics program was unable to send subteams 62A, 62B, 62K and 62X to the 2020 California VEX VRC High School State Championship. Additionally, subteam 62B could not...

Robotics subteam 62B poses for a picture with their awards and winning robots at Corona High School on Feb 9. Credit: Published with permission of Andrew Theiss

Robotics team 62B wins VEX Robotics Tournament

Sophia Musante February 10, 2020

Robotics team 62B qualified for the VEX VRC High School State Championship after winning the VEX Robotics Tournament at Corona High School on Feb 9. At the tournament, teams 62B, 62K and 62V competed...

Robotics teacher Andrew Theiss, Erik Anderson ’20, Page Clancy ’ 22 and Dean Reiter ’20 pose in front of the SpaceX rocket with their new SpaceX logo cups in hand. Credit: Printed with permission of Andrew Theiss

Robotics students visit SpaceX Center

Tessa Augsberger October 31, 2019

Robotics team members, Erik Anderson ’20, Page Clancy ’22 and Dean Reiter ’20 toured the SpaceX production facility with computer science teacher and Robotics Coach Andrew Theiss on Oct. 29. During...

Subteams 62A and 62X pose for a photo with their two robots at Arnold Beckman High School on Sept. 21. Subteam 62X received the Design Award, setting the record for the quickest qualification for the VEX California State Championship. Credit: Published with permission of Katie Mumford

Robotics subteam 62X qualifies for state tournament

Hannah Han October 3, 2019

After earning the Design Award Sept. 21, robotics subteam 62X set a new record for the earliest VEX California State Championship qualification under Team 62’s division. Adjudicators at the qualifying...

Robotics teams compete at World Championships

Frank Jiang May 3, 2019

Robotics subteams 62A and 62X competed in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Exposition Center from April 24-27. Subteam 62A, comprised of Jake Futterman '21,...

Robotics subteams win awards in skills and buildings

Ruoshan Dong November 1, 2018

Robotics subteams 62B and 62X earned esteemed awards in skills and building at the VEX Chaminade Tournament at Chaminade High School on Oct. 19. Team 62B, led by Abraham Gallardo ’20 and consisting...

Theiss transitions to teaching full-time

Sarah Healy September 16, 2018

Andrew Theiss joined staff to teach computer science and lead the robotics program full-time this school year, having started at Harvard-Westlake as the part-time advisor to the US robotics team last school...

Jake Futterman ’21 taught robotics and STEM ideas at Gode Primary School in July as the first phase of his overall vision to create a sustainable robotics program in rural Ethiopia. Printed with permission of Jake Futterman.

Sophomore teaches robotics in Ethiopian middle school

Lindsay Wu August 31, 2018

Over the course of the five-day camp he created, Futterman used LEGO Mindstorms EV3 technology to introduce the basics of designing, programming and operating simple robots. Futterman said he was inspired...

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