Promoting STEM in the Bay Area

Year Established
Robots Built
Team Members

Our Team

Highlander Robotics currently has more than 50 students and 17 mentors. Our team was founded in 2019, and we first started working out of a team member's garage. Thanks to Piedmont High School, we are now working in the Mary G. Ross Engineering Lab. Due to the pandemic in 2019, we could not compete, but we quickly bounced back in 2022 where we finally got to play, and even advanced to worlds. We hope to become a well-respected, competitive, veteran team in the next few years.

Our Mission

Highlander Robotics was founded in 2019 to provide access to engineering through competitive robotics for high school students of Piedmont, CA and nearby Bay Area communities. Our student-led approach is designed to empower our youth to become leaders in the growth of STEM education while advocating for gender parity in tech. We are role models in our community by embracing a culture of excellence and innovation in a fun and collaborative environment.

Who We Are

Located in Piedmont, CA, we are the capstone robotics program for the largest community-based FIRST league in the country. As the only competitive community FRC team in a 25-mile radius, our program now has members from 15 high schools who otherwise would not be able to participate in FRC. Beyond access to the robust network of Bay Area FIRST FRC teams, we provide hands-on experience with our lab equipment and technology; engagement with expert mentors and speakers from STEM industry and opportunities for field trips to top companies.

Our team is guided by 3 A's


We provide advanced hands-on engineering in an inclusive, community-based program.


We empower youth through our student-led, mentor-supported approach that also promotes girls in STEM.


We are driven to excel in a culture of innovation, sharing, and leadership in STEM education.

What is FIRST®?

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited time, and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.