Our 2020-2021 Team

We are a group of high school and junior high school students in Fremont. We formed this team in Spring 2016, while we were in our last year of junior high. We decided to form this team because we saw the value of FTC for each and every one of us. We started with not much experience, but we have learned so much in just our rookie year! By joining FTC, we learned so many new skills such as programming, and CAD design, and there’s so much more to learn!

Mihir Chauhan
Mihir ChauhanTeam Captain, Head of Software Division
Mihir is a very enthusiastic programmer with over 4 years of experience in programming in a few different languages including Python, JavaScript, and Java. He has also been part of an FLL team for 2 years and was doing some advanced programs with proportional control for the robots and his team went to the championship both of the 2 years. Mihir is very proud to be a part of Innov8rz. He has been playing chess for 6 years with his school team and loves to play sports like basketball, swimming, skiing, and also playing the clarinet. He is very caring, social, hardworking, and loves to tinker with everything!
Shanyu Chauhan
Shanyu ChauhanHead of Build Division
Shanyu is a student who is currently attending Irvington High. He is one of the newer additions to Innov8rz. Shanyu is a part of the building team. Shanyu studied up until fifth grade in London and then he moved to the United States almost three years ago. Shanyu is eager to learn new things and gain new experiences as part of Innov8rz. FTC, and Innov8rz, are Shanyu’s first interaction with robotics and he is excited to be here. Shanyu hopes that Innov8rz will help him open up and explore new paths.
Rosemary Joseph
Rosemary JosephHead of CAD Division
Rosemary Joseph is a 8th grader who is excited to be part of Innov8rz. She likes listening to music, playing basketball, and dancing. She was previously on an FLL team and was mainly part of the mechanical division. She was very involved in the ASB at Warm Springs and won the principal’s award for her time there. Rosemary is new at CAD, but she can’t wait to learn more about it. She loves to spend time with her family-an older brother who is also a member of the team, a younger sister, and a baby brother.
Kelly Ziqi Jia
Kelly Ziqi JiaMember, Software Division
Kelly is a 8th grader in Horner Junior High, who loves to read, practice gymnastics, code, and is also a huge fan of the Avengers. She competed in FLL for one year, and now is proud to become part of the Innov8rz! She’s part of the Xcel gymnastics team and has competed in the State Championship. She was part of the Warm Springs Elementary Student Council and helped in organizing many activities. During the 6th grade promotion, she won the classroom’s Highest Academic Achievement Award and the school’s Principal’s Award for service and leadership. Kelly is also passionate about learning Java. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike and watch movies with family and friends.
Sanya Varshney
Sanya VarshneyMember, CAD Division
Sanya is a very enthusiastic girl. Sanya has just finished eighth grade. She has an interest in robotic programming and has pursued First Lego League competition. In the 2018-2019 FLL Into Orbit Challenge, she led her team and her team received the Judges award among 16 competing teams. Along with this, she has experience with VEX Robotics. Apart from robotics, Sanya is a member of the Boy Scouts program in Warms Springs. She is also a part of the Xcel gymnastics team (gold) in Bay Aerials. She is artistic in many ways, she does calligraphy, photography, and dance. Through FTC she hopes to pursue her interest in robotics and help people in her community by sharing her knowledge.
Aashi Shah
Aashi ShahMember, CAD Division
Aashi Shah is going to be an 8th grader at Horner Junior High. Last year, Aashi took part in FLL and her team won the champions award in both qualifiers and regionals and qualified for the national competition. Aashi loves to play table tennis, paint, and do magic with cards. Aashi also loves being outdoors and enjoys skiing, camping, and swimming. Aashi is excited to be a part of Innov8rz and is eager to learn new things and make new friends.
Veer Mistry
Veer MistryMember, CAD Division
Veer is an enthusiastic team member of Innov8rz with experience in 3D designing. Veer has worked with Python and Scratch programming. Veer loves Robotics and has been part of an FLL team in the past where he participated in building and programming the robot and his FLL team won the Judges Choice award. He has been part of his school’s Science Olympiad team since 4th grade and has won medals in multiple events. He is an active Boy Scout and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, basketball, and video games. Veer is detail-oriented, caring, hardworking, and is fun to work with. Veer is looking forward to learning various aspects of Robotics and leadership while contributing to the success of the Innov8rz team!
Chintan Patwardhan
Chintan PatwardhanMember, Build Division
Chintan is an 8th grader attending Horner Jr. High School. He joined the Innov8rz this year and is very enthusiastic about robotics. He loves to play soccer, bike, binge watch tv shows, play video games, and listen to music. In 5th and 6th grade he participated in FLL and now is excited to participate in FTC. Chintan exercised his mechanical aptitude through build events in Science Olympiad which he did for 4 years. Most recently he built a Rube Goldberg machine which won 3rd place in regionals. With Innov8rz he is part of the build division, a subdivision of the mechanical division. Chintan has a dog named Solstice who has helped him become more responsible and organized.