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.

Boise’s Team Tators Robotics Team Receives $3,000 Grant from Bayer Fund

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

Boise, ID 11/06/2020 – Students at Boise School District’s ‘Treasure Valley Math & 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’ to support their participation in the FIRST Robotics program.

The Mentors and students on the Team Tators Robotics team are grateful for this support and excited for the opportunities that this provides for the team to participate in the 2021 FIRST Robotics competitions with other FIRST Robotics teams from around the country.

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 $40 million to STEM outreach efforts.

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About Boise School District’s ‘Treasure Valley Math & Science Center’ and ‘Team Tators Robotics’

The Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center (TVMSC) of the Independent School District of Boise City is a magnet school program offered to qualifying public, private and home-schooled students in Southwest Idaho. TVMSC is a unique learning community offering advanced science, mathematics and applied research classes to students who show strong interest, ability and potential in mathematics and science fields.

TVMSC is the sponsoring school of Team Tators Robotics, Boise School District’s FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics team since 2007. Students who participate on the team represent each of the district’s high schools, as well as the Dennis Technical Education Center and the Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center. 

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.