Innov8rz is a group of high school and junior high school students from Fremont. Team was founded in Spring 2016, by a group on junior high students who wanted to build awesome robots and have fun! They saw the value of FTC not just in learning to build robots, program etc. but also improve their soft skills and make them a better person by giving back to the community. Team has come a long way since then and even though founding members of the team have graduated from the team and are in college, through FTC their lives have been changed forever for the good!
Mihir ChauhanTeam Captain, Head of Software Division
Shanyu ChauhanMember, Software 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.
Nithin VedagarbhaHead of Mechanical Division
Nithin attends Horner Junior High, and is going to 8th grade. Nithin has participated in FLL for three years and his team won the Champions Award twice in the qualifiers as well as the Innovation award in the qualifiers and regionals. Nithin designed the attachments for his team’s robots, which helped his team advance into further rounds. Apart from the experience Nithin has had from lego robotics, he has also learned many new skills such as soldering , building an electronic circuit, as well the basics of programing while completing his own projects like building a Star Wars light lightsaber with movie accurate lights and sound effects, a smart chair to correct bad posture while sitting, and many other cool hands-on builds. Nithins spends most of his free time playing tennis, basketball, or video games. He loves meeting with his friends and biking. Nithin looks forward to learning new skills and making friends, while being a part of the Innov8rz team.
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.
Ishani SogiMember, CAD Division
Ishani is an 8th grader at Horner Jr. High. She competed in FLL for one year with another team, CreaTech. She has won awards in swimming, math, and the President’s award at school for academic excellence. Ishani is hardworking, caring, and creative. She is familiar with Scratch programming, 3D design, and is currently learning Python. In her past time, Ishani likes to play basketball, read, and bullet journals. She was involved in ASB at Warm springs and loved communicating and working as a team. Ishani is looking forward to being part of the Innov8rz.
Toby HuangMember, Software Division
Toby is a high school student, currently attending John F. Kennedy High School. He went to school in China and came to America when he was 8. He likes to play video games, paintball, and he enjoys programming. He is a quick learner and currently learning to program in Java and is looking forward to building awesome robots as part of First Tech Challenge with his team mates in Innov8rz.
Prisha PatelMember, CAD Division
Prisha is currently an 8th grader at Thornton Jr. High. She competed in FLL for two years with the team CreaTech. She loves robotics for its ability to solve everyday problems and simplify tasks. In the Innov8rz, Prisha is in the CAD Division and is familiar with designing using Fusion 360. Prisha is also passionate about dance, science, music, and sports. She has been dancing for about 8 years doing kathak, bollywood, and bhangra. She also competitively swims and plays basketball. Prisha was on her school’s science olympiad team and plays oboe in band. She also is on a coding and math olympiad team. She is looking forward to gaining experience in FTC and working on new projects with her team.
Sparsh BansalMember, Software Division
Sparsh Bansal is a incoming 11th grader at Irvington High school. He loves to code, and has experience in both Java and Python as well as being part of FTC for 2 years. He’s always curious and tries lots of new and exiting things, and likes to play music and read books in his free time. Sparsh hopes to learn much more about robotics and gain valuable experiences and have a fun time along with the rest of the team in Innov8rz!