Presenting Our 2017 Robot: Ratchet

February 24, 2017

Team 604 Quixilver finished the first segment of our build season earlier this week. We would like to thank all of the parents, sponsors, teachers, mentors, and the community which made our build season and robot possible. You can watch our reveal video, and a bonus practice session. Pictures from this season will soon be available on our website. We will be competing at the San Francisco Regional (Mar. 16-19) and the Silicon Valley Regional (Mar. 29-Apr. 1); we hope to see you there!

Technical Specifications:

  • WCP 2 speed transmissions – 6.5fps and 19fps
  • Passive gear manipulation system with loading from loading station and secure placement on peg
  • Rope climber in 3-6 seconds using team provided rope

Build a LEGO Robot Day!

February 3, 2017

Last Saturday, January 28th, Quixilver hosted our annual “Build a LEGO Robot” Day. It was a successful workshop where we taught how to build and program LEGO NXT robots to different ages of children from 7 to 14 years old. We look forward to hosting it again next year and hope to see you there!IMG_20170128_122421

Visual Programming Workshop

January 11, 2017

Held by Leland Robotics, FRC Team 604 Quixilver, in partnership with Leland Women in STEM club (WiSTEM).
By the end of this course, your child will have learned the basics of the visual programming software Scratch and physics, and will apply their knowledge to create games and simulators. This is a great (and fun!) opportunity for middle schoolers who have interest in programming.

This 6-week workshop will be held on Sundays (starting January 15th) from 2 to 4 pm at Leland High School. More information will be sent out prior to the first workshop.

Please email with any questions you may have.

Sign up on the following form:



2017 STEAMWORKS Kickoff!

January 7, 2017

               FIRST STEAMWORKS has begun! For the 2017 challenge, two alliances of three teams will be preparing airships for flight by providing fuel and parts. Through scoring fuel (balls) in a low and high boiler, teams can generate steam. By placing missing gears on their designated airship, teams can start rotors through the completion of a gear train to prepare for flight. At the end of the match, robots can climb ropes to earn additional points.

               To start the season, we ran the kit parts distribution at San Jose State. After, we went back to school, read the manual, and analyzed the game. We then began brainstorming potential designs for different mechanisms and will be building prototypes shortly. On Saturday 1/14 we will also be holding a design review explaining our strategic decisions and main mechanisms of the robot. The team can’t wait for the upcoming season!

Quixilver Qualifier

November 12, 2016

On November 19th, 2016 Leland Robotics Team 604 will be hosting the annual Quixilver Qualifier. This year’s challenge will be Animal Allies. screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-6-39-27-pm



E-waste Drive

October 9, 2016

On Saturday, October 22nd from 9am to 2pm the team will be having an E-waste drive at Leland in the parking lot. Please bring any old electronics that are not in use anymore to be recycled. Items that can be brought include:



-DVD/CD Players

-Toner Cartridges

-Telecom Equipment

-Cell Phones

-Wire/Cabling/Printed Circuit Boards

-Aluminum/Scrap Metal

-UPS/Rechargeable Batteries

2016-2017 New Members

September 18, 2016

A new season is on its way! Our first meeting with new members joining the team was Tuesday, September 6, 2016. In a few weeks, we will be competing with our 2016 robot at Chezy Champs, an off-season tournament. We are very excited for the upcoming season and ready to work with our new members!

2016 Week 1

January 21, 2016

Its officially been one week since the start of the 2016 FRC season. Over the past seven days, FIRST Team 604 has been hard at work designing the field of parts and CADing the robot. Some photos from this week have been posted below.

Teaching fellow club members the basics of Solid Works

Working on building the field of parts

Finished creating the moat


Sign Up for For Our Build A LEGO Robot Day!

January 17, 2016

Quixilver will be once again hosting its annual “Build a LEGO Robot” Day! Come join us and learn how to build and program a LEGO NXT robot! We will be hosting 2 sessions of the workshop on Saturday January 30th. Look forward to seeing you there!

Sign up here:

Workshop is tailored for students ages 6 and up.

2016 Kickoff: FIRST Stronghold

January 14, 2016

Not even the early hours of the morning could stop them from being there. High schoolers! Up at six in the morning! Pure madness!

Yet still they were there: FIRST Team 604, at San Jose State University, at six-thirty, on an otherwise normal Saturday. On this not-so normal Saturday, FIRST revealed the next FRC challenge: FIRST Stronghold.

FIRST has gone medieval. From the name, to the castle, to the inclusion of brand new team standards, the middle ages live again in this new challenge. The crowd eagerly watching the announcement barely contained their excitement. Something about this challenge resonated with the kids: either the theme, or that there are so many opportunities to score points. Or maybe it didn’t involve stacking boxes. Who knows? The only way this challenge could have garnered more approval from the audience is if it took place underwater.

The goal is to capture the opposing team’s castle while defending your own. In between the two teams’ fields are two areas with obstacles called defenses. These defenses are assembled in place modularly and their placement is decided by the audience and the teams before each game. There are thousands of possibilities that will force all teams to adapt quickly to an ever-changing field. The castle itself is a tower with three holes at the top, facing in different directions. Teams must pick up “boulders” (foam balls) and toss them through these holes to cause damage to the opponent’s’ tower. Once the tower has taken sufficient damage, it will be weakened, and ready for capture. At that point, your team may try to grapple to horizontal bars on the top of the tower to capture it for points.

Immediately following the announcement, 604 rushed back to the engineering quad to distribute the parts to other teams. Adults were signing off on kits left and right as 604 team members rushed to lift heavy totes. There was much commotion between the noise and the movement of 604 team members scrambling to move boxes. The scene resembled the medieval battle that FIRST envisions for this year’s game.  The sun’s rays finally illuminated the wet ground of the quad as the final kit of parts was distributed. Content with their decisive victory, the knights in shining FIRST Team 604 gear happily posed for a photo.


From us at FIRST Team 604, the best of luck in the 2016 season!


Kickoff 2016

Kickoff 2016

Kickoff 2016