June 12, 2019

Apply for the 2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge Season!

Thank you for your interest in team VERTEX. Due to Academy policy, applications are only open to current or newly accepted Phillips Exeter Academy students.


Unfortunately, all FIRST Tech Challenge applications are not being accepted at this moment. Submissions will open after Club Night in September. Please email [email protected] for questions or additional information.


Our team is divided into three subgroups: Mechanical, Programming, and Outreach. You are more than welcome to apply for multiple subgroups!

The Mechanical Subgroup is in charge of the design, manufacturing build, and development of the robot. Making extensive use of CAD softwares and custom manufacturing processes to produce custom parts from scratch, this subgroup is tasked with the build of the robot in a limited timeframe. To maximize performance, robot development continues throughout the season, with design changes and refinements happening on a weekly basis.

The Programming Subgroup is responsible for the software development of the robot. Primarily using Java, this subgroup aims to increase the robot’s performance in both autonomous and tele-operated periods. Last season’s highlights include creating a custom vision program to accurately identify the location of game elements and pioneering an odometry system, the real-time tracking of the robot’s position and heading.

The Community Outreach Committee is responsible for the business, marketing, and community engagement aspects of our team. Members of this committee work to increase our team presence and the impact we have on the world. Some tasks include organizing and hosting large events, maintaining a strong media presence, managing sponsorships and funding, designing team logos and graphics, and forming connections with professionals in the STEM field.


Mechanical Application Form: https://forms.gle/Ch9vGUju3xmjoNw29.

Programming Application Form: https://forms.gle/yJQ37DVhkSUixtmH8.

Outreach Application Form: https://forms.gle/MTeX4CXcm6hPMjfd9.


If you have any questions, please email:

Vincent Xiao, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer, at [email protected]
Celine Tan, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, at [email protected]
Nico Gallo, Coach and Mentor, at [email protected]