Team 100’s motto is “Student run, student built.” Our goal as a team is to provide a learning experience for students. After new students learn the basics from adult mentors and experienced students, they are given the freedom to explore and create. Though mentors ensure that everything is done properly and safely, students design, build and program our robots. Because of our wonderful machine shop, fully furnished with everything from wrenches and screwdrivers to a CNC 3-axis mill, we are able to fabricate almost everything in-house. However, due to time constraints, we now rely on our sponsors for some custom parts. Fabricating all this at Woodside High means that everyone gets to participate and learn firsthand.
Team 100 is an equal-opportunity team. We do not collect dues for membership. All funds are raised through corporate sponsorship and private donations from family and friends. We provide laptops for students so that they have the opportunity to use professional software like SolidWorks, BobCad, and C++. Currently, we have over thirty team laptops.
As a team we enforce the values of FIRST. Part of our mission is to provide a friendly and spirited environment to celebrate STEM education and FIRST Robotics. We encourage exploring new ideas and working as a whole team, not separated subsections. All members are required to gain exposure to the different areas of robot building through lecture meetings and the boot camp the team hosts at the beginning of every school year. This gives everyone an equal level of exposure to the basic subsections. This exposure allows for better collaboration and communication between these subsections.
Supporting each other is paramount, but we also work to support our fellow teams. Every year Team 100 hosts a build season kick off event at Woodside High. Numerous teams in the San Francisco Bay Area attend. The multi-team group watches the kick off broadcast in the luxurious Woodside Performing Arts Center then spends time brainstorming.
In 1995, Team 100 became the first California team to participate in FRC. Since then, the Wildhats have evolved greatly through gradual change in students, mentors, and sponsors. A new generation of students brought a brand new mindset to the Wildhats. When several students from Carlmont High School officially became part of the team in 2003, the motto "Student run, student built" was adopted. In 2008, students from Sequoia High School joined the team as well. Most robots were built by hand, with very little machinery, up until 2006, when resources grew. One Woodside student's family built a machine shop at their house, and the team utilized that from 2007 to 2009. The owners of this shop are still active mentors despite their son's graduation. In 2009, Team 100 moved into Woodside High School's brand new machine shop, complete with a CNC mill, lathe, drill press, band saw, welding booth, and more. In 2016, Carlmont High School split off and created their own team, FRC Team 199. The Wildhats have grown in size and ability over the years, and continue to make history every day.
It all started with our home school: Woodside High School, whose mascot is the Wildcats. Competitions are chaotic, and when there is nothing to make you stand out, it can be very hard to find your team members. Our team advisor, who is somewhat vertically challenged, decided that hats would be a great idea to make us unique, and stand out in the crowd. The hats we wear are much like the hat that Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” wears. It makes sense, since we used to be the Wildcats. For a while our mascot was just the Wildcat wearing a hat, but as Carlmont and Sequoia High Schools joined the force, it became the Wildhats that we all know and love. The wiggling, dancing, jumping hat mascot has become an integral part of our team culture.
Participating in FIRST is an expensive enterprise. Many teams require members to pay annual dues. Thankfully, we are able to raise the funds we need to operate through two venues: corporate sponsorship and a letter writing campaigns. With this approach, almost all of the team’s expenses can be paid for without dipping into the student’s pockets. We are constantly expanding our prestigious group of sponsors. We enjoy maintaining healthy and long lasting relationships with many of our corporate supporters. We love to make presentations and robot demonstrations at our sponsors’ facilities. This not only lets sponsors get up close and personal with what they have helped to create, but also allows students to see real world applications of engineering and technology, such as visiting Intuitive Surgical’s manufacturing facility or DreamWorks’ animation department.
We would like to thank all our generous supporters, whether they are corporations or family friends. Without the aid of our benefactors, this program would not be possible. With the resources they supply, Team 100 can help further students’ education in engineering, science, and technology for the challenges of tomorrow; preparing the next generation of engineers and innovators.
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Throughout the time that Team 100 has existed, we have found ways to reach our community through demos and charity events. Many of our students volunteer at events such as FLL tournaments, and local fundraisers. Our team also does many demonstrations at public events, such as: the St. Pius Festival, Peninsula Symphony Holiday Fundraiser, and The San Jose Hot Nights Car show, to increase awareness of FIRST and give back to those who have generously sponsored us. Every year after competition session, the Team visits numerous middle schools to build interest in robotics to up and coming high school students. For Team 100, robotics is not just about the competitions, it is a year round commitment.
"Important, irreplaceable members of the Team 100 Family. Our mentors are committed folk who have been working with Team 100 for a number of years. As a group we hear . . . it's in the blood"
Our mentors are a mix of engineers, parents, and teachers. Team 100 alumni have gone on to prestigious colleges such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, USC, UCLA, The University of the Pacific and many more. Many of our alumni have returned from time to time to assist with teaching various engineering concepts and to refresh their passion for robots. The mentors are like glue, they help bind the students and their ideas together to help create a high functioning robot. Mentors encourage, guide, and provide a wealth of knowledge to satisfy students’ curiosity. Our mentors attend every meeting and work session to ensure the safety of students as well as guide them to gain the abilities and knowledge required to efficiently and successfully assemble a robot.
Volunteers are the cog in the wheel around which the team is run. It is thanks to our many volunteers, who are always available, that our team is a well–fueled and smooth running team. Whenever our team needs to go somewhere, whether to a competition or to visit a sponsor, our volunteers are busy finding the best flights, prices, lodging and making the arrangements so that we are good to go. When we are in the middle of building and we need some elusive part or supplies, we know we can find a volunteer who will be able to help. Our volunteers are always at the ready, with smiles, and the energy to keep up with any need and want. Our volunteers are definitely special, appreciated, and an integral part of our Team 100 Family.