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Robotics Team

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Robotics: FTC Team #12589

What we are:
Robotics is an extra-curricular activity which supports mathematics and science education through the hands-on solving of complex problems. Skills learned in math, physics, and computer science are applied to physical and strategic problems. It is both collaborative and competitive in nature, and represents one of the most well-thought-out experiences at analytical, synthetic, and evaluative thought possible at any level of education.
The primary goal of Team 12589 is to provide members with the opportunity to learn many aspects of robot design, construction, programming, and competition experience from mentors and experienced FTC members. We seek to instill FIRST’s ideal of Gracious Professionalism, which encourages best engineering practice through collaborative competition, serving the community through outreach activities. In addition, FIRST’s ideals strongly complement Saint John’s High School’s mission.
What FTC is about:
We are a competitive FTC (FIRST Tech. Challenge) team who competes against hundreds of private and school-based teams in Massachusetts and from the world. To find out more about FTC, please the following link:
To find out more about Pioneer Robotics through its own website, please click on the following link:
Goals of Pioneer Robotics Team are to:
• Promote Gracious Professionalism, the Ideals of FIRST, and the Saint John’s mission.
• Promote and maintain a safe working environment
• Challenge students and promote education in Science and Technology
• Provide the opportunity to build leadership and teamwork skills
• Use each student’s unique talents to their maximum effect
• Improve our community through outreach events
• Promote research of robotics, mechanisms, materials, and technology
• Successfully compete at events to the best of our ability
What we are not:
An FTC Robotics team is not a club, a resume filler, or an informal social activity. Rather, it is an intense, demanding pursuit designed for students who are serious about engineering and programming, and who are willing to make many sacrifices to achieve success at problem solving while at the same time practicing gracious professionalism. Our school and sponsors expect us to compete at the highest level. Team 12589 competes with other teams in MA and internationally. The team’s goal each year is to exceed expectations and be successful at each event. As such, positions on an FTC team are limited to those willing to commit fully to the process, much as team positions on a football team are reserved for those talented individuals who are willing to commit to a structure set by its coaches and by the state authorities who run the competitions. These guidelines are written with the understanding that any student participating in FTC Robotics is doing so voluntarily. By trying out for the team and by choosing to participate, each team member chooses to abide by the guidelines set out here and administered by the mentors.  

Robotics Team

Meet the Team

2018-2019 Team Roster:

Captain: Millan Taranto ‘19


A.J. Claiborne ‘19
Brendan Galvin ‘22
Jan Jacob ‘20
Keerat Sawhney ‘21
Max Vinzi ‘19
Max Yan ‘20
Muneeb Syed ‘21
Ningrui Yang ‘20
Roma Taranto
Ryan Rivard ‘19
Simon Donkor ‘22
Syon Khosla ‘19
Tony Kang ‘22
Varun Subbiah ‘20
Victor Szabo ‘19
Zhiyu (“Marcus”) Cai ‘22


Team Mentors

 • Dr. Edward Tonelli ‘82, Saint John’s High School
 • Mr. Craig Taranto P ‘19
The mentors have backgrounds in engineering, mathematics, and science education plus experience at coaching athletics and robotics.  It is their responsibility to choose members of the teams, to communicate with families, to schedule robotics events, and to provide guidance for all robotics events.  It their job to maintain a safe, focused, and equitable working and competing environment for team members and to enforce the team and FTC rules described in this handbook.  It is their job to be sure that team activities are consistent with school and FTC policies.  It is their job to ask leading questions that help to give team members direction while at the same time not “giving out the answers” on how to design a part or a process.  Mentors are there to recognize and even generate “teachable” moments and to give students ample opportunities to solve problems