Our mission is to provide a positive high school team experience through robotics while inspiring intellectual creativity, fostering a passion for science, technology, and engineering, and developing critical thinking, problem solving and team building skills.

Team 3128, Newton Field Finalists, 2018 FRC World Championships in Houston, Texas

Our History

Our team was founded in September of 2009 at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, California, at a school where math, science, and technology were valued, but hadn’t found a way to be manifested yet. A handful of students, one engineering mentor, and a computer programming teacher felt those values were important – and thus the Aluminum Narwhals were born.

Our robotics team, along with several others found at our school, participates in the non-profit organization known as FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). We compete in the high school division known as the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC. Founded in 1992 by entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST has quickly grown to be a worldwide, prestigious, and competitive robotics experience for all ages. Hundreds of thousands of students participate in FIRST programs every year, with over nintey thousand students on over three thousand teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition alone. All programs culminate in two championship events held in Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.

During the 2010 competition season, our team entered brand new and won the Rookie All-Star award for our stellar performance despite being a first-year team, landing us a spot in the FRC World Competition.

We grew for the next 9 years, developing our Robotics Summer Camp, a week-long session for students grades 1 through 8 to design, build, and program their very own robots over the summer.

Our hard work and drive only grew stronger over the course of our team’s history. With the culmination of enthusiastic mentors’ support, skilled drive, mechanical, strategy, electronics, programming, and outreach teams, we began to develop a program that could effectively build upon our past exeperiences and pass down our success to the future generations of narwhals. As we grew, we made sure to keep true to our roots, developing a culture that celebrates all of our members’ and allows for the development of new ideas. Over the Aluminum Narwhals’ first decade, we’ve gone further than we could have ever imagined, making several notable accomplishments, including the Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Controls, Regional Finalist, Championship Subdivision Finalist, multiple Dean’s List Finalist, and Engineering Inspiration awards.

Awards and Achievements

San Diego Regional
Regional Finalist Innovation in Controls Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
Idaho Regional
FIRST Dean's List Finalist - Ronak Roy
World Championships - Houston
Newton Subdivision Finalist
San Diego Regional
Regional Finalist
World Championships - Houston
Competed in Carver Division
Las Vegas Regional
Engineering Inspiration Award
World Championships - St. Louis
Competed in Galieo Division
San Diego Regional
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
San Diego Regional
FIRST Dean's List Finalist - Kian Sheik Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox
San Diego Regional
FIRST Dean's List Finalist - Soren Price
World Championships - St. Louis
Competed in Archimedes Division
San Diego Regional
Rookie All-Star Award
World Championships - Atlanta
Competed in Newton Division