Greetings! We are the Walbots (Team 7175) from the Waldorf School for the Peninsula. We located in the heart of silicon valley, Mountain View, California. As a school surrounded by the tech giants, like Google, Facebook, Apple, etc, we are always inspired to initiate a club doing something related to technology. As our club first started in the 2012-2013 school year by several sophomores (now alumni), we had the initial hope to bring STEM education for a blend of our Waldorf education. We decided that a Robotics team sounds perfect to start with. We have a fairly small team with humble beginnings but big aspirations. As a school that is very creative and problem solving focused, we fearlessly face the challenge that we didn't have much of a tech program in place. We set our eyes on starting a small FTC team and provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and develop engineering and programming skills. With cooperation from the school, and with new curiosity in the FIRST program, five students created the Walbots to bring STEM, creative problem solving, and the arts together at Waldorf through robotics.
Since then, our main goals are to sustain the club, connect to our community, and gain new knowledge. While winning and filling up our trophy case is always nice, our primary focus has been encouraging people to expand their thinking when in the face of a challenge and productive collaboration. The Walbots team does this by spending time discussing many ideas among all members and come up with divergent ideas while still keeping robot inside the 18x18x18 box. Our artistic origins and curriculum in particular are resources we can use as a way to fully engage ourselves in our ideas and also design concepts to explore what is actually feasible engineering wise. While we are still fairly new to the FTC program, we hope that our ideas inspire others to think creatively and do what they’re passionate about, even if it seems difficult at first.
Please feel free to reach out to us through the contact page. We also have resource page for us to exchange ideas with other teams! Thank you for your time and go Waldorf!