SDJA Robotics Club

For seven years SDJA has been building its robotics club thanks to the strong contribution of dedicated students with very diverse skills and their coach, Patrick Hagarman. Their mission is to innovate, excite, and inspire a passion for science and engineering in an environment where team members creatively find and solve problems together in pursuit of a greater goal. Each year the club has challenged its members by competing in FIRST Tech Challenge, a prestigious, nation-wide competition where students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

This year’s FTC Challenge is SKYSTONE, a Star Wars themed challenge where teams will create a robot designed to construct a tower, and varying points awarded for different tasks. Not only will the robot need to grip and place building blocks, it must extend into the sky as the tower grows, operate autonomously for portions of the match, and find visual targets using computer vision. The challenge is designed to develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

Team Lions has been hard at work in preparation for the first league meet, where we will be hosting 15 teams from across the county on December 15 at San Diego Jewish Academy. Each lion in the pride has their own specialty, from mechanical work to software and coding, and senior members mentor newcomers for the future of the pride. Team meetings are held weekly on Sundays, but sub tasks are worked on throughout the week to keep pace for competitions.


Here are our team leaders

Co-Presidents: Jessie Gan and Noah Katcher, responsible for overall vision and robot plan, bringing together all sub teams on schedule and plan


Mechanical: Jed Edelstein, head mechanic responsible for construction and maintenance


Code: Devin Marcus, lead programmer, including autonomous and vision targeting system code


Hardware: Ron Gneezy, responsible for communication between the robot and driver, troubleshooting hardware and software integration


Field: Wenduo Yin, lead for field construction and maintaining regulation compliant arena


Rapid Prototyping & Fabrication: Sam Muroff, responsible for customized parts and 3D printed elements


Outreach & Fundraising: Mimi Simble, leads communications with donors and outreach for funding and mentorship program


Notebook: Ariela Moel, creation of ongoing log of robot progress and design resources, as well as team membership, mission and community service


The December 15 league meet will be followed by a regional championship meet hosted February 9. Join us to cheer the team on, and if you would like to earn Tikkun Olam hours by volunteering, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Ana Muroff at anaschafer.as@gmail.com


Patrick Hagarman

Science Teacher and Robotics Team Advisor

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