FIRST Robotics

'Team Tators Robotics' is Boise's FIRST Robotics team.    Team Tators website  Team Tators' performance record within FRC

Team Tators is an extracurricular activity that involves 30 - 35 students each year in the design, construction and programming of competition-ready robots. FIRST Robotics is open to students in grades 9 - 12. 

TVMSC has sponsored Team Tators since 2008.  

Boise District's Team Tators Robotics competed at the World FIRST Robotics Championships this season. The Championships were held from April 17 - 20, 2019 in Houston, TX at the George R Brown Convention Center.  The team competed in the Hopper Division against 68 teams from across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, China and Australia, ultimately holding and winning first place.
With earning first place in their Division, Team Tators then had the opportunity to move on to the Einstein Field to face off with the other 5 Division Winning teams from around the world.  At the end of several hours of extremely intense competition on Einstein, Team Tators eventually led their alliance to a fifth place finish in the World Championships!  An impressive achievement in a competition field of 30,000+ students and 1,400 robotics teams from more than 70 different countries.
This was an impressive achievement for Team Tators as this was a rebuilding year for the team.  In their first Regional Competition this 2019 season, Team Tators finished in 24th place out of the 35 competing robots. In the next Regional, they finished in 3rd place out of 27 participating teams.  In their third Regional, they placed 3rd out of 37 teams, but they led the winning alliance.  
This year was challenging...but they were up for this challenge as a result of great dedication, hard work, perseverance and team work that led them to represent Boise and Idaho so well at the Championship level!

Team Tators appreciates the generous support of their 2019 sponsors that included the
 Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Bayer (formerly Monsanto) Fund, Micron Technology Foundation, the Idaho STEM Action Center, Hewlett Packard Company, the Brevity Fund and Boise School District.

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Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center of Boise School District’s Robotics Team, Team Tators Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund

Team Tators receives funds to support STEM education through FIRST® Robotics competition

Boise, 10/29/2018 – Students at Boise School District’s Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center have found external support as they utilize robots to build skills in science and engineering. The Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, recently awarded a one-time $5,000 grant to Team Tators Robotics (Team #2122) to support their FIRST Robotics activities and encourage local students who participate in the program.

Team Tators Robotics will use support from the Monsanto Fund grant to participate in FIRST Robotics and its educational programs and competitions. FIRST enables teams of students to compete with others in building, designing and programming their own robots to perform preassigned tasks – giving young students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering.

“Allowing today’s students to learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills through hands-on experiences is crucial to preparing our next generation to drive innovation and overcome challenges,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “Monsanto Fund invests in future scientists and engineers like those at the Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center and encourages their involvement in programs like FIRST Robotics.”

Monsanto Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s intentional support of programs that improve STEM education. Over the past five years, the Monsanto Fund has contributed over $40 million to STEM outreach efforts.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at


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Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center (TVSMC) and students who are on Team Tators Robotics use Simio simulation software

under a generous grant from Simio LLC.
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At the 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championships, Team Tators won the Carver Division of 69 international robotics teams. This provided them the opportunity to compete on the ‘Einstein’ field against the competition's other division leaders. On Einstein field, Team Tators ended the World Championships leading the third place alliance...out of an original field of over 3,000 international robotics teams. Throughout every level of competition, the members of Team Tators competed with honor, integrity, a solid work ethic and exemplary sportsmanship!


Team Tators has now participated at the FIRST Robotics Championships in the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 competition years representing Idaho and Boise. This provides some insight into the level of hard work and dedication shown by the students and mentors over the ten years of the team’s participation in FIRST.

In reflecting upon the team’s performance in competitions over the past ten years, Team Tators first competed in 2007, earning recognition as the Highest Rookie Seed that year. The team has also been Regional Finalists in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2018 events, and Regional Champions in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 events.

Additionally, Team Tators has earned special recognition as the recipients of the Xerox Creativity Award (2008), Motorola Quality Award (2009, 2011, 2016), and the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors (2010, 2012), the Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi (2012, 2015, 2017) and the Innovation in Control Award (2014, 2015). Team Tators was recognized at the 2015 FIRST World Championships with the ‘Industrial Design Award’ sponsored by General Motors. This was the first time that Team Tators has earned such recognition at the Championships event.