Academics + Robotics


In the third year after its founding, SHC’s Robotics team—VEX Team 8255 Fighting Irish—has grown to more than 40 participants spanning all grade levels. The program enables students to design their own solutions to unique problems through design, mechanical engineering, coding, debugging and collaborating with peers.

VEX teams competes in tournaments at the regional, state and national level. Each year, VEX teams from around the world are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each spring.

The SHC Robotics Team has recently moved into our new dedicated Robotics lab in the student life center, providing the space and necessary resources for students to continue to explore their interest in Robotics and grow the program.

Throughout the year Team 8255 has been competing in the 2017-18 VEX Robotics Competition, In The Zone, a game that requires teams to build robots to gather cones and deliver them both autonomously and using remote control while avoiding obstacles.  Teams design and build their mechanical robots as well as write the software that makes the robot run.

Team 8255 Fun Facts

  • Team 8255 is comprised of 6 smaller teams and new members do not need to have experience to join.
  • Our all-female girl-powered team was recently recognized with a significant grant from VEX to continue to promote involvement from girls in robotics and are currently preparing to lead workshops to share their love of robotics with middle-school girls from the Bay Area.
  • SHC chose VEX for its curriculum integration opportunities and numerous annual competitions.
  • VEX World Championships were broadcast live on ESPN2 in 2016.
  • Adult moderators include an aerospace engineering technician who designs and builds spacecraft systems for NASA  and a Software Engineering director from Cisco.
  • Three current team members have helped to teach robotics to middle school students at Saint Anthony Immaculate Conception and De Marillac AcademyTeam 8255 participates in various service projects throughout the year, bringing robotics to young students.

i2 Year in Review – 2018 from Sacred Heart Cathedral on Vimeo.