Damien has had a robotics team since 2007, when we participated in the Hawaii Underwater Robot Challenge. We were rookies in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in 2008. We did not have the opportunity to start with a Botball team or VEX team, so we had a steep learning curve. We joined the FRC community in 2008 during the second Hawaii Regional Competition. With a generous grant from NASA, we were able to participate again in 2009-2010. Unfortunately, due to lack of financial resources and mentors, Team 2896 could not participate in 2011. Fortunately, Damien has been able to participate in FRC the past 2 years.  This year, we were able to introduce our middle students to FIRST Lego League (FLL), where we were fortunate enough to have 10 students participate in.