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Tribe Robotics

Established in 2014, Tribe Robotics FRC 4123, brings together professional mentors with enthusiastic and passionate students from St. John Bosco High School located in Bellflower, CA. Our mission is to inspire students to explore, experience and appreciate science, technology, engineering, math and design through hands-on participation in FIRST® Robotics competitions (FRC).  Our motto “student built, mentor approved”  is exactly how our team operates:  it is up to the students to design and build our robot, our mentors are there to oversee and approve not build.  

We view our team to be another sport at SJB: a varsity “Sport of the Mind”.  Donald E. Bossi, FIRST® President, described robotics as a sport for the 21st century saying,  “The skills students can learn, including teamwork, collaboration and problem solving, are the same as those learned in other sports but unlike most sports, robotics provides all students – no matter their background or physical ability – the opportunity to become a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professional.”

Robotics competition combines the thrill of a sport with the preciseness of science, math, and technology.  Under strict rules, limited resources and a six-week time limit, our team is challenged to raise funds, perfect teamwork skills and build and program a robot to perform stipulated tasks during competition.  We promote the concepts of FIRST® Robotics in all that we do.

Our team members experience is as close to “real world” engineering as a student can. Team members receive hands-on experience in areas of mechanical engineering, CAD design, programming, electrical engineering, project management, leadership and strategic thinking skills as well as the business side of running a team: fundraising, inventory control, public relations and finance. Team members will:

  1. Work alongside professional mentors build and compete with a robot of our own design|
  2. Build and compete with a robot of our own design
  3. Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software
  4. Develop design, project management, programming team work, leadership and strategic thinking skills

Students who engage in FIRST® programs are three times more likely to show interest in STEM careers, and 89.6 of those who have competed with FIRST® are currently in a STEM field as a student or professional.  Former team members of Tribe Robotics currently attend the Naval Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of San Diego (USD), Gonzaga, University of Southern California (USC), UC Irvine and CSU Long Beach.  Our team’s average GPA is 3.8/4.0.

Student Built, Mentor Approved

Tribe Sponsors

Thank you to our Tribe Community Sponsors!

St. John Bosco High School
Pelican Products
The Lietzow Family
Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.
Northrup Grumman 
The Erigero Family
The Richardson Family
Crossfit Tribe Functional Fitness
El Burrito Jr. #2
The Hernandez Family

Head Coach

Walter Wippler

Class of 1983
Phone Numbers:
School: 562) 920-1734 ext. 276