The Tualatin Robotics Program was started in 2006 as a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team with 8 team members. Since then, we’ve grown to 65+ team members who comprise FRC Team #2002 as well as four FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, FTC Team #4594, FTC Team #6733, FTC Team #8139 and FTC Team #4640. As part of FIRST, our teams create robots each year that participate in regional competitions.

For challenges, we brainstorm, design, build, test, and refine robots to compete with alliances of other robots during game matches. Robotics is a unique and cool activity. It is a “sport of the mind” that requires problem solving, innovation, creativity, and teamwork. We work with industry mentors who help guide our engineering process.  We also have a marketing team that fosters relationships between our team and the community, recognizes our team sponsors, creates our team business plan, controls our team budget, and brands our team identity.

Finally, we participate in the Oregon Game Project Challenge, a state wide student game programming competition, sponsored by TechStart and the Oregon University System.

Come Join Us

Your skills may be in design, mechanics, programming, video gaming, marketing, business, photography, web design, or animation. No matter what your skills, we can use you on our teams! Tualatin Robotics is completely run by us, the students. We have mentors that help us approach problems and work together effectively, but our robots are almost entirely student-designed and built. To learn more about last year’s robot, see our robots page. To learn about joining or sponsoring our program, contact David Ellingson, our faculty advisor.

About FIRST®


FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. To meet that goal there is an annual competition to design and build a robot to score points. Each team has students that do the work, guided by mentors.

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