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We are a middle school robotics team from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. We participate in robotics-related activities all year round. We help and collaborate with FIRST teams as well as LEGO MINDSTORMS enthusiasts locally and globally. Our primary goal is to encourage other kids to learn robotics and programming, and share our love for FIRST LEGO League. We have run workshops, demos and classes in many states for FLL Teams, libraries, museums, and schools.


We have been a FIRST team for six years. Read about our team history in FIRST LEGO League below.

  • 2011

    Food Factor

    State: 3rd Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game

  • 2012

    Senior Solutions

    State: 2nd Place Champion's &
    2nd Place Robot Game

  • 2013

    Nature's Fury

    State: 1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    International Open (Toronto): 1st Place Innovative Solution.

  • 2014

    World Class

    State: 2nd Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    Razorback Open (Arkansas): 1st Place Champion's &
    2nd Place Robot Game.

  • 2015

    Trash Trek

    State: 1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.
    World Festival (St.Louis): 1st Place Programming, 6th Robot Game
    Global Innovation Award - Top 20 of 29,000

  • 2016

    Animal Allies

    Coached Animatronics.
    1st Place Champion's &
    1st Place Robot Game.

    World Festival: Coach/Mentor Award
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EV3 Lessons

Coopertition Site


Battery Recycling Robot

DroidBot Series

Educational Robots


We have been honored to appear in several news stories and publications and news stories including KDKA, WPXI, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune Review, Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy, Northern Connection, INCommunity Magazine, The NXTStep, and The LEGO Group YouTube Channel, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, The Verge, Vocativ, Code.org, North Hills Monthly, and more. Thank you to everyone for writing about us. We hope our story will inspire more kids around the world.

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