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.

Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center Robotics Team Receives $3,000 Grant from Bayer Fund

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

Boise, ID/ 11/12/2021 – Students at the Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center received grant funding for their robotics team as they work to enhance their skills in science and engineering. Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, recently awarded a one-time $3,000 grant to Team Tators Robotics, Team #2122 to support their participation in the FIRST Robotics program.

The Treasure Valley Mathematics & Science Center as well as the students and mentors for Team tators Robotics are sincerely grateful for this generous support provided to provide exceptional opportunities for the participating students to explore STEM fields of study and work in this rich and exciting robotics program.

Team Tators Robotics will use this grant to participate in FIRST Robotics 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 students a chance to get involved with real-world engineering. 

“The First Robotics program helps provide the necessary skills for young students to become STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) leaders,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “This program not only inspires innovation but provides life capabilities such as communication and self-confidence. Bayer Fund is proud to provide grants to student teams to encourage their development into future scientists, engineers, and computer programmers.”

Bayer Fund’s sponsorship of FIRST Robotics teams continues the nonprofit’s intentional support of programs that improve STEM education. Over the past five years, Bayer Fund has contributed over $37 million to STEM outreach efforts.

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About Team Tators

 In the 2021-2022 FIRST Robotics season, Team Tators begins as a culturally, demographically and socioeconomically diverse team of 39 grade 9 - 12 students and 12 mentors. Students of all ability levels, genders and ethnicities are welcomed onto this team. People work together collaboratively and the contributions of each member of the team are valued and respected. Veteran students develop leadership responsibilities, but in turn, will train less experienced team members in these responsibilities so that as students graduate from high school, they have already trained younger team members for those responsibilities. This team takes personal responsibility, respect for self and others and gracious professionalism very seriously. All students are able to freely choose where their focus will be. The mentors support each student in developing skills and abilities for these areas of interest. The team also trains students for specialized skills such as for CAD design work, electronics, welding, team safety, metalworking and woodworking in the process of designing and constructing the competition-ready robots. To learn more about Team Tators Robotics please visit:

About Bayer Fund 

Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where Bayer customers and employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education and community development projects.