We are Team 5104, a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team from Pacific Grove,
California known as the BreakerBots. Coach Roby Hyde started our team in 2013 with the goal of
providing a welcoming space for students who shared an interest in STEM. Since then, our team has
grown to about 4 mentors and 18 active students, with approximately 1/3 of them women. Our focus
has expanded beyond science as well; we now have students working on business, project management,
communications, art and team spirit.
Although we meet year-round, our busiest time begins in January when we have just six weeks to design and build a robot that can compete in a specifically designed robot game. We typically enter two regional competitions in California each year, and we have qualified for the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas twice in the past five years. This year, we are launching into Rapid React, in FIRST’s unique “varsity sport for the mind.
To inspire students in STEM-related fields, foster teamwork, and provide a welcoming space for all who share our desire to pursue excellence.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen in 1989 with the goal of inspiring young people to pursue an education in STEM-related fields. Through competition, cooperation, and gracious professionalism, FIRST reaches students throughout the United States and the world. You can find more information here.