Demos have become a mainstay of FIRST Team 604 ever since the team’s inception. In a typical demo, we display our robots and explain how we built them, what we plan to do with them, and how the audience can become more involved. Initially, demos started out as fundraisers at Starbucks; however, as the team evolved and matured, so did the purpose of demos. Now we also do demos to raise the awareness of robotics, and to inspire others to join or create robotics teams. From past experiences, these demos have been very successful. For example, our demo at Bret Harte Middle School and at Simonds Elementary recruited seven new FLL teams! Not only does FIRST Team 604 have demos at local schools, but we have also done demos for boy scout troops, at senior citizen centers, and even for school children in Pune, India!Demos are a great way for us to share our passion for robotics with our community.


  • Starbucks
    An annual local fundraiser that publicizes FIRST to over 500 community members.
  • IBM
    Perpetual Almaden Research Center demonstrations since 2007.
  • India
    FIRST Team 604 exposed over 450 disadvantaged children to VEX and LEGO robotics in Pune, India.
  • Fleet Week
    Working with NASA, we showed of our robot at the 2011 San Francisco Fleet Week as well as helping kids drive VEX robots.
  • Maker Faire
    Quixilver was at the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Maker Faires and showed our robots to over 65,000 people.
  • San Jose Museum of Art
    At the request of the San Jose Museum of Art, we showed three of our robots at the “Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon” exhibit.
  • Summer Camps
    FIRST Team 604 demonstrated robots at technology summer camps such as EXCITE, an all-girls camp, and IGNITE, an all-boys camp.