Humans of 1403: Leadership 2018-2019

Janum S., Team Captain

Janum S

“Surprisingly, ‘robotics’ isn’t about building a robot. It’s about collaborating as a team to solve a tough challenge – a practical skill that will be extremely valuable in the future.”

Vineet P., Team Captain

Vineet P

“Robotics is much more than a club. In my opinion, it can’t be compared to a sport either. Not in terms of commitment or time, but simply because robotics in itself is different from any activity I’ve ever done.”

Pranav S., Logistics Manager

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“Robotics teaches us how such a large variety of skill sets can come together to produce something phenomenal.”

Nivedhitha S., Robot Manager

Niva S

“One of my most memorable moments was when we were all setting up for our Montgomery District Event and we were super excited to host an event at our own school. A bunch of us were volunteering the entire weekend, and it was really fun to get a different dimension to competing.”

Surya M., Robot Assistant Manager

Surya M

“New members should strive to learn as much as they can from as many people as they can. Knowledge is not restricted to one sub-team and the more you know, the more you can help the team.”


Outreach focuses on maintaining involvement and creating opportunities in the robotics community. Our biggest projects so far has been overseeing the First Lego League team in the middle school.

Ria B., Outreach Co-Captain

Ria B

“I think our team is like High School Musical, we are all so unique but at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.”

Ananya R., Outreach Co-Captain

Ananya R

“I have learned so much from being a part of Robotics and I know there is so much left to learn in the future.”

Audio & Visual

AV is responsible for taking photos and videos of the team and capturing the moments that define Team 1403. Our main jobs include making the team photo board, mechanical tutorial videos, and the chairman’s video.

Kevin K., AV Co-Captain

Kevin K

“Robotics is a team, not a club. We compete and work just as hard, and if not more than some other school sports teams.”

Lukas M., AV Co-Captain

Lukas M

“Team 1403 is like another family that I go to every week where people don’t go because they have to but because they want to.”

Business & Communications

B & C is responsible for team documentation and the Chairman and Woodie Flower’s essays. We do everything from designing our logos and graphics to managing Team 1403’s social media accounts. We ensure the website is up to date and looking its best.

Abdullah G, B&C Co-Captain

Abdullah G

“Team 1403 is not merely a club, but instead a tightly-knit team that works together to succeed.”

Liyun H, B&C Co-Captain

Liyun H

“To our new members: if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to other team members for help because we are always here to help one another.”


The Design Team focuses on using Autodesk Inventor to design and document the robot. We are responsible for creating a robot manual that can enable anyone to understand how our robot was built. Additionally, we use 3DS Max to create a safety animation that we submit in December.

Karina Z., Design Captain

Karina Z

“To any new members, I’d say don’t worry about not knowing things. Take your first year to absorb as much information as possible and ask questions. After all, robotics is a place where you can learn new things, solve problems, and meet new people.”

Venkat C., Design Assistant Captain

Venkat C

“Building a robot is one thing. Building teamwork is another. Teamwork makes Robotics a thousand times more fun.”


The Electrical Team acts as the bridge between the Programming and Mechanical teams. We create the electrical board, power the motors, and wire the sensors for the robot.

Daniel K., Electrical Captain

Daniel K

“My favorite thing about robotics is the competitions; you are put under a time constraint to build the best robot you can build within six weeks. This pushes you mentally to think outside of the box use what exists currently and improve upon it.”


The Mechanical Team focuses on building and repairing the robot used in competitions. We are responsible for making the robot as well as maintaining its performance.

Vibhu I., Mechanical Captain


“It’s not just about the metal; it’s about so much more.”

Andrew T., Mechanical Assistant Captain

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“One thing that I know about robotics that could surprise a lot of people are the people within robotics itself. We aren’t just those stereotypical nerds and geeks, we are actual people who have all sorts of personalities that all blend together in this nice, friendly and light-hearted environment.”


The Programming Team is responsible for programming the robot using Java. We produce the code that is required in order to successfully complete each year’s challenge.

Mihir S., Captain

Mihir S

“My favorite thing about the team is the people, our Friday night meetings are the most memorable because of how much we get to know each other. “

Alex Z., Programming Assistant Captain

Alex Z

“A robot without programming is just an aesthetically pleasing pile of scrap.”


The Strategy Team collects and analyzes data on robots during competitions to help plan match strategies and make alliance picks.

Prianca N., Strategy Captain

Prianca N

“The games are like sporting events! People have signs, posters, T-shirts, cheers…it’s all a cultivation of the amount of hard work that not only the drive teams but the team members in the stand have put into their robots!”

Riya P., Strategy Assistant Captain

Riya P

“A memorable experience on the team was when we reached the finals at Mount Olive last year and everyone’s energy level was off the charts during the competition!”