Mission statement

Hic quaerite virtutem et scientiam.

Here, seek goodness and knowledge.

FIRST is more than robots!

About Us

Founded in the fall of 2018, our team consists of a diverse group of students passionate about using knowledge in robotics and STEAM to benefit the larger community. Our team strives to explore the limit of the intersection of knowledge and creativity, and going into our third year, we are absolutely thrilled by the challenges that await us in the upcoming 2020-2021 season!

  • Gender ratio of 5:5:1 (male : female : non-binary)

  • Students from 5 countries and 7 U.S. states

  • 5 students with no prior FTC experience

Our Team Leaders

Vincent Xiao
Mechanical Captain

Vincent Xiao is a junior at Phillips Exeter Academy and serves as our Mechanical Captain. In addition to having participated in all levels of FIRST and VEX robotics, Vincent has also built robots for the SeaPerch and ROV MATE underwater competitions. His robot designs have won numerous regional and state championships and has qualified for the world championship six times. Besides having coached multiple FLL, VEX IQ, and VEX EDR teams, Vincent also serves as a counselor and manager for multiple STEM programs as well as a judge and referee for numerous STEM competitions. Vincent is very excited to continue his robotics journey here at VERTEX.

Neil Chowdhury
Programming Captain

Neil Chowdhury is an eleventh grade student at Phillips Exeter. Neil started robotics in fifth grade, where he lead a team of 5 students in the FIRST Lego League competition. Transitioning to FIRST Tech Challenge, his team from Washington received the Interleague Championship Finalist Alliance award and participated in the Washington State Championship in his first year of FTC. Neil is thrilled to continue with robotics on Team VERTEX and is happy to bring the robot to life with his programming skills.

Celine Tan
Head of Outreach

Celine is currently an eleventh grader at Phillips Exeter. During her rookie year, she worked primarily on Computer Aided Design and the Engineering Notebook. Though she began as a rookie with little to no robotics experience, she had a passion for anything computer-related: she once taught a computer to count worms from pictures! This year, Celine's looking forward to expanding the scope of VERTEX’s community outreach activities. She’s incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join a FIRST Tech Challenge team that being at Exeter has given her, and hopes to spread her love of everything FIRST stands for to the larger community.




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