MISSION STATEMENT: TO OFFER STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY THE EXPERIENCE OF EXPLORING REAL WORLD ENGINEERING AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES WHILE COOPERATING WITH ONE ANOTHER TO PRODUCE A WINNING ROBOT AND INSPIRING AN APPRECIATION FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

The Herd

Team Photo 2014 smallAlso known as FIRST Team 687, or the CAMS Robotics Team, the Nerds come from the California Academy of Mathematics & Science (CAMS), a small, public high school located in Carson, California. Making up about approximately 25% of the CAMS student body, the 154 Nerds on the CAMS Robotics Team are divided into engineers (the Build Team) and businesspeople (the Administration Team). Together, we make one LARGE herd that is able to get hands-on, practical experience with machining, manufacturing, designing, documentation, finances, entrepreneurship, and management! Guided by our older nerds (our awesome mentors), the Nerd Herd members get to truly live out their mission statement.

However, we would not be able to complete our mission without any financial support. To stay financially stable, CAMS Robotics holds fundraisers, such as our annual Halloween Night event held on our school campus. Summer VEX Camps, open to elementary and middle school students, also provide major revenue for us during the off-season. In addition to fundraisers, FIRST Team 687 receives significant financial support from our sponsors - Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, and CAMS PTSO.

Spreading gracious professionalism is a goal for CAMS Robotics. FIRST Team 687 participates in events around the community, such as Bots by the Bay at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro and CAMS Showcase, where we enlighten the community about robotics.  Our annual summer VEX camps allow us to teach young children about the basics of engineering, provide a realistic work environment, and simulate competitions for them. Events like these are the reason our Outreach program is constantly growing.

Team 687 plans to keep developing an interest in the STEM fields in the community. We plan to continue to expand out Outreach program by mentoring more middle school students and going to more community events to spread the word of FIRST. We continue to stay active by attending FRC kickoff in January 2013 and competing in local regionals.

Be a nerd! Join the herd! Go 687!

Check out the team’s progress throughout the season here.