Six Passionate Middle Schoolers from the San Francisco Bay Area

Shashvat Mehta

I’m an 8th grader at Bowditch Middle School. This is my second year participating in the FTC, and it has become one of my favorite things to do. I am the co-captain and software lead this year, but I also love to contribute to Outreach, Documentation, and Hardware/Design. Some of my hobbies are coding, especially making games with Unity and programming our robot, card magic, playing soccer, and cooking. Some fun fact about me: I have heterochromia, which means I have different colored eyes, I am an avid Star Wars and Marvel fan, and I love to cook.

Reet Bhatia

I am a freshman at Aragon High School. This is my third year with Vortex Robotics, participating in First Tech Challenge (FTC). I am the Co-captain of our team and lead  hardware/ design. I also contribute to Outreach, Documentation and Software! Besides Robotics, I love playing guitar and tennis. A few fun facts about me include that I’m a forever Harry Potter enthusiast and recently discovered that I am ambidextrous (I can write with both hands). I am incredibly excited for this season and truly believe that this  challenge is a great opportunity for all of us to collaborate, support and learn from each other.

Sonakshi Rajput

Hi! My name is Sonakshi. I am currently in 8th grade at Bowditch Middle School. This is my first year doing FTC and I am really excited to be a part of this team. I am a documentation lead and I also take part in Hardware, Outreach, and Software. Besides robotics, I really enjoy swimming, art, piano, math, and hanging out with my friends and family. I look forward to working with this team, learning new skills, and growing as an individual.

Neel Pal

I’m an 8th grader at Bowditch Middle School, and this is my first year in FTC, though I have some knowledge of robotics from the past. I work in the Hardware/Design sub-team but I enjoy helping out with software sometimes too. I like designing and building mechanisms to make our robot the best it can be and I am excited to participate in this year’s challenge. Some of my hobbies are creating VFX, drawing, playing sports like basketball and football, riding my skateboard, and playing my guitar.

Kirthana Warrier

I am an 8th grader at Bowditch Middle School, and this is my first year taking part in FTC and robotics. I am the lead for the Outreach Sub-team and also contribute to and participate in Hardware and Design. I want to gain a deeper knowledge of the design involved in building a robot.  During the year, I want to grow with the team by supporting and encouraging each other to build a successful robot. Outside of robotics, my hobbies include dancing, reading, and drawing.

Saachi Kalra

I am a seventh grader currently attending Bowditch Middle School. This is my first year doing robotics with FTC. I have always been fascinated by robot mechanisms and want to increase my capabilities in this field. This year, I would like to work on software or build teams. Some of my hobbies include reading, journaling, and running. I am so excited to be a part of the team this year! 


Our previous members who have moved on from the team

Siddhi Prasad

2022-2023 Power play season

Alex Wright

2022-2023 Power Play Season

Sameera Suria

2022-2023 POWEr play season