Team 4159 CardinalBotics is Lowell High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team. Since our founding year in 2012, we’ve participated in 10 years of the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competitions), where our team has around two months to design a competitive robot from scratch. During competition season, we compete with other high school teams from all around the world at State Regionals, and even World Championships. Beyond that, we strive to inspire local youth, promote creativity, encourage teamwork, and most importantly, spread STEM to our community.

Learn more about our team and competition build season through our article in the San Francisco Chronicle.


CardinalBotics inspires youth by promoting creativity, teamwork, and commitment to our community. We raise support for FIRST and its mission by innovating solutions to technical challenges and publicly promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through our work as a team, we develop the skills necessary to become leaders of a dynamic and increasingly technology-dependent world.


Since January, we have worked hard building this year's competition robot, Red Bean. Created for the 2024 FIRST Robotics Competition game, Crescendo, Red Bean made its debut last weekend at the Sacramento Regional. At the competition, we were selected by the third alliance and competed in the playoffs. Additionally, we were fortunate to be awarded with several accolades.

Our mentor and head coach, Bryan Cooley, won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for his outstanding work guiding us for the past 13 years. Through this award, Cooley has been given the opportunity to attend the World Championships in Houston alongside other accomplished Woodie Flowers Finalists.

Our team also won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, recognizing the accomplishments of our competition robot as well as our efforts to spread STEM and inspire others in our community. Through the award, our team is invited to the World Championship in Houston to compete against other teams and award winners.

The World Championships will take place in Houston, Texas from April 17th-20th. In Houston, team members will have the opportunity to compete and meet with around 600 other teams from around the world. Attending this championship will allow our team to grow and evolve through interacting with other teams and attending workshops on mechanical, technical, and business topics.

Our team is currently preparing to send a group of 30 members to the World Championships and is in need of your support. The anticipated total cost of the trip, including plane tickets, lodging, transportation, and material, comes to over $40,000. We are currently $30,000 short of this goal.

We have already spent thousands of dollars building the robot sending students to competitions in Sacramento and Berkeley. The generosity of our partners, sponsors, and donors is what enables us to continue providing these extraordinary opportunities for students each year. Please consider donating in support of the team, so we can support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the team.