About Us

GarageBot is an FTC team based in San Diego. We compete in a world-wide competition called the FIRST Tech Challenge where we have to design and program a robot to complete different tasks during the robot game. GarageBot has competed in four different seasons: Rover Ruckus, Skystone, Ultimate Goal, and Freight Frenzy. We were ranked the best rookie team in the Rover Ruckus season and qualified for the World Championship in Houston during the Skystone season. 

Our Team

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Naythan Chan
Captain & Lead Programmer

Programming has been something extremely interesting to me, and the FIRST Tech Challenge allowed me to learn and apply this skill! I have been on GarageBot since its genesis and enjoyed the FTC community and the gracious professionalism aspect of the competition. I also enjoy playing soccer, competing in Taekwondo, and playing piano.

10th Grade
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CHLOE LUWA
Captain & Lead Engineer

Chloe is a sophomore at Pacific Ridge School. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, play instruments, and play tennis. She joined her first FIRST program when she was in third grade and has been doing robotics since then.

11th Grade
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Programmer

Coding and programming has always caught my interest in the past and even more so now that I can learn it at a steady pace. Something about being able to create code and see it function is very enjoyable and satisfying. I have heard many great things about GarageBot and am excited to be able to help and contribute to the team in any way. I also enjoy playing soccer, listening to music, and competing in track.

Nick Young
11th Grade
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Mechanical Engineer

I started robotics in 5th grade and then did not do it for a few years. I took a class on CAD in 9th grade and then in 10 grade i joined this FTC team. I did not know what to expect from FTC but as I attended more meetings  it grew on me and is now something I really enjoy. Outside of robotics I am a dancer and I have been dancing for 7.5 years. My interests are Business Finance and Real Estate.

Paarul Goel
10th Grade
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Outreach

I am most interested in the outreach section of FTC. Making an impact on my community and helping other people is something I’m very passionate about. FTC has inspired me even more to make connections with my community. Outside of robotics, I enjoy hanging out with friends and running cross country for my school.

Sheridan Yang
9th Grade
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Programmer

I’m so excited to be back into robotics again after doing FLL for a couple years and taking a break. I’m focusing on coding but also contributing to the building as well. In my free time I love to go to the beach to read, and I enjoy traveling and learning languages.

Maira Clotfelter Bastias
11th Grade
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Mechanical Engineer

I have always been interested in STEM and I am excited to be a part of this robotics team. I briefly learned about robotics in 6th grade and I am looking forward to getting involved with robotics in more depth, especially the building aspect. Outside of robotics, I enjoy working in a research lab and rowing. In my free time, I like painting, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Maya Mehta
11th Grade
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Programmer

As someone who has always been interested in programming and engineering, FTC is an amazing program that allows me to pursue these interests. I am a sophomore at Stanford Online High School, and outside of school I am a competitive saber fencer and love astronomical research. 

Kiki Panigrahi
10th Grade