We compete in exciting competitions working with and against other teams in a friendly environment. We have to work quick and work smart to win the game.

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Team 980 is a community-based team, which means that it accepts students from anywhere in our community, instead of being devoted only to the youth of a certain school or organization.

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We learn many engineering skills, from CAD to manufacturing. We work with electronics, pneumatics, computers, etc. in an intense working environment.

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We are FIRST Robotics Competition Team 980, an award-winning, non-profit organization of dedicated mentors and sponsors working with students (through Grade 12) in a fast-paced robotics project. Each year, FIRST creates a new game to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills, providing an environment that encourages growth in problem-solving and teamwork. Our team engages students with professional mentors with years of experience in advanced development projects and business management. Our students also perform important non-engineering functions for the team, developing skills: in marketing, communications, finance, and sound business practices.


Vison and Mission Statement

Our Vision:
“To create a world class, award winning team of confident and competent student leaders, who act as a source of inspiration in science and technology.”

Our Mission:
“To educate and inspire high school students to become the next generation of science and technology leaders by building a competitive robot through the guidance of professional mentors, corporate sponsors and parents in alignment with FIRST core values.”


Our Core Values:

Gracious Professionalism®

 It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers.


Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete. Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.

Our Members
Team 980 is a community team. Our students attend various schools in the northern Los Angeles area, including John Burroughs, Bellarmine-Jefferson, Verdugo Hills High Schools, along with smaller local academies and home-schools. Our mentors come different background that enrich the experience and provide diversity. They are our inspiration and guide. They believe in the future of our students and challenge them to excel in a competitive world.

Team 980 competed in two FRC Aerial Assist events in 2014 – the Los Angeles Regional and the Inland Empire Regional. We showed steady progress in these highly competitive events and made significant design improvements throughout the season. In the LA Regional, we made it into qualification rounds and became finalists. We hosted 0ur last event of 2013, the Fall Classic, at John Burroughs HS.

“The FIRST real-world experience helps mold our students into productive young adults.”


The diversity of FIRST teams, and of Team 980 in particular, is noticeable. Our team, composed of diverse ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups, is extremely successful, not only in the competitions but also in the “big-picture” results. Team 980 succeeds at many levels in FIRST, but the real trophies are our students who emerge as productive and energetic contributors to our future, and our diversity is a big part of what makes that possible.

We meet on Tuesday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 1209 Grand Central, Glendale, CA 91201

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