We’re Garfield Robotics, a robotics club from Garfield High School in Seattle, WA. Our club is made up of two robotics teams participating in the annual FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Our original team, 4042 Nonstandard Deviation, was founded in 2009, and we founded our second team, Team 12788 Ultraviolet in 2017. In 2021, we phased out Ultraviolet with the launch of our noncompetitive projects-based team.
Through hands-on experience with robotics, our members learn valuable skills in engineering, programming, leadership and more. We work to inspire other youth in our community to join a FIRST robotics program through our community outreach programs, offering workshops and demonstrations at local schools, businesses and events.
Team 4042, Nonstandard Deviation
Team 4042 was founded in 2009, and was originally named “Dawgbotics”. As a team, 4042 focuses on innovation through their robot designs, and is internationally recognized for these unique designs. 4042 won the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award in 2020 and advanced to the Washington State championships. In the 2018 season, 4042 competed with teams from around the world at the FTC World Championship.
In the 2017-18 season, 4042 won the Rockwell Collins Innovate award at both the West Super-Regional and Washington State Championships, and received nominations for the Design, Control and even Inspire awards throughout their season.
Founded in 2021, this team provides a low-pressure environment where members can focus on developing their skills and develop robots for purposes beyond competition. Members are given freedom to pursue their interests alongside honing skills in programming and in the engineering/design process.