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South Placer Robotics Team
South Placer Robotics Team

About the club: High school students on a multi-school team compete in the FIRST Robotics competition ( The students have six weeks, starting in January, to design and build a robot out of a common set of parts and to compete against other robots. The team meets at Granite Bay High School. If you like building Lego Mindstorms or K’nex, you’ll want to join in. Contact Mr. Miller at (916) 786-8676 x5611.

How the CACT supports the club: CACT has secured team sponsors, loaned equipment, brokered the donation of computers for a solid modeling/design lab, rapid prototyped parts on the CACT’s 3D printers, purchased a TIG welder in partnership with the Sierra College Tech Prep program, provided TIG welding instruction, produced t-shirts and a banner for the team, and provided expert technical assistance. Students are invited to continue their education at Sierra College through the Mechatronics, Engineering Support Technology, and Engineering degree and certificate programs.

What the club means to employers:Students who participate in FIRST are more likely to pursue technical education and careers. These students become interested in engineering, fabricating, manufacturing, electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, programming and computer control. Employers support this program because it builds the future workforce.

How employers can support the club Download Flyer [PDF]

  • Donate Materials: You may have spare bolts, sprockets, terminals, rods, aluminum and other parts in your inventory that could help build the team’s robot. Download materials list [PDF].
  • Manufacture Parts: Parts designed and prototyped need to be machined so that they hold up during rigorous competitions.
  • Contribute Funds: The cost of competing as a FIRST team is approximately $15,000. Sponsors are always needed. Your contribution may be tax deductible, check with your accountant.
  • Provide Tools: CNC mini mill, cut-off saw, hand tools
  • Be a mentor: Mentors coach small teams by asking questions to help students discover answers to their questions. They’ll guide students through the process of strategy, modeling, designing, building and integrating. Mentors are needed with electrical, programming in C+, pneumatics, mechanics, and chassis and drive systems experience.

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For more information, high school students can contact Stephen Miller, GBHS Physics instructor, at (916) 786-8676 x5611 or  

To volunteer as a mentor, or make a donation of materials or money to the club, contact Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sierra College CACT Director, at 916-660-7801 or

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and Economic and Workforce Development
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