The Dana Point Robo-Techs is a robotics team from Southern California comprised of 9 highly motivated, committed 7thgraders who are excited to learn about robotics. Our team number 2021 represents the year we will graduate from high school. We began as an elementary school 5th grade team 2 years ago and we decided to form our own club so we could continue together as a team on our robotics journey despite going to different middle schools.

Our team has received a variety of robotics awards for our performance in the past two seasons.  Most notably, in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, we humbly received the World Championship STEM Research Project award at The VEX Robotics World Championship events in Anaheim and Kentucky, respectively.  In the VEX-IQ Robotics Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based, engineering challenge. Each year, the challenge is different. Students learn programming, mathematical and science skills to enable the robot to accomplish its goal. We compete in tournaments that are held at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship.

When off the robotics playing field our team has found a passion for supporting veterans that have been disabled with spinal cord injuries while serving our country. It began with the challenge to research on the STEM theme of Engineering last season, our research led us to how robotic devices could be engineered to help people heal, and ultimately of helping veterans recover some of what they lost serving our country. As we spoke with these veterans the project grew dearer to our hearts and we decided to take action and make a difference in our world! We now publicly speak in the community to create awareness and advocate for the need to provide robotic devices to these heroes injured in the line of duty protecting our freedoms. We have launched an e-petition and letter writing campaign to generate awareness and support for the cause that continues beyond the completion of a successful robotics season.  We are very honored to have been invited by the Infinite Hero Foundation to attend this years American Airlines Sky Ball in Dallas, Texas in October honoring those who have served our country in the military. Please visit our website at www.danapointrobotechs.org to learn more about these robotic devices that allow paralyzed veterans to walk again. Click on the link next to our team photo and sign our petition today to help veterans injured in the line of duty to regain the mobility and independence they have sacrificed while serving our county!



Gavin Fancher is in the 7th grade and is in his third year of competitive robotics. He has lived internationally and enjoys playing club soccer. As the STEM research and presentation team Captain, he has a key role in connecting with organizations and individuals advocating on behalf of veterans has developed a passion for helping the veterans who have served and sacrificed.

Zeyan Anabtawi is in 7th grade and enjoying his third year of competitive robotics.  He loves everything to do with computing, robotics, video production, and gaming and he especially enjoys programming.  He is looking forward to another great year of competition and a third world championship. 

Garrett Knuf is in the 7th grade and is involved in martial arts, music, scouting and club baseball.  He has been involved in the design, building and programming aspects of competitive robotics for 3 years. He also especially enjoys being involved in the STEM research and presentation team and has created the team’s marketing materials for the awareness campaign on behalf of veterans.





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