Through the organization of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), students from Glencoe Robotics Team, Shockwave, work side by side with mentors to design and build a 120 pound fully functioning robot from scratch to compete at the PNW District Event.

FRC is a unique varsity Sport for the Mind™ designed to help high school students discover how interesting and rewarding the lives of engineers and scientists can be, in a creative and healthy environment.

Shockwave's Mission and Team

Located in Hillsboro Oregon, Shockwave's mission is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in the Hillsboro community. Shockwave teaches a diverse group of high school students about practices in engineering and business through competitive robotics. Working with industry engineers, our students cultivate both hard and soft skills to prepare them for a future in any career. Students who participate in Shockwave learn many skills that last a lifetime.

This year brings challenges as our meetings continue virtual. However, Shockwave continues united and facing the challenges with teamwork and respect.

The 2021 Team was made up of 16 young men and 6 young women. Their ages range from 7th grade to Seniors in High School. We are thankful for 12 mentors and 2 volunteers who continue to be actively involved. Most of our mentors and volunteers are professionals from various technology companies in Hillsboro and Portland who graciously share their knowledge with the next generation. Four of our mentors are FIRST alumni that are back to the area after finishing college, and working in local tech companies.

2021-22 Season

While this season still looks different, FIRST and 4488 are confident the new team-based opportunities will allow our participants to have a fulfilling season, as we continue to execute the mission of FIRST and inspire the next generation of our future science and technology leaders, the same mission that has guided us for more than 9 years. 

2020-21 Season

Thanks to all students and mentors outstanding dedication during this difficult time and our wonderful Sponsors, we had a successful competition season where we won the top award and are world finalists in the Game Design Challenge.

The FRC 2020 21 Season, called FIRST GAME CHANGERS powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. FIRST offered different ways teams could compete and we choose one that would allow any student interested to participate, even without being allowed at school: 2021 FRC Game Design Challenge.

For this competition teams had to design a game, similar to the ones we play. This involved lots of brainstorming, sharing and listening to ideas, and teamwork. We also created a criteria table of what the game should have such as fun for spectators as well for teams, easy to scout, open vision for drivers, easy to find parts and field-building at schools, a game any level team could play and enjoy, etc. The team included a table with strategies on how teams would play the game and a table of scoring possibilities. It was a very complex challenge that allowed us to teach the skills we love so much.

The CHAIN REACTION game, created by Team 4488, celebrates scientists who show the perseverance and ingenuity to solve the world’s biggest challenges. The goal in designing this game is to encourage the love and exploration of science and honor those scientists.

Team Shockwave is proud to have received the top award: 2021 Boron Group Game Design Challenge Designer's Award: It celebrates a team's outstanding success with the Game Design Challenge. The winner of this award should be a strong candidate for some other awards in this challenge. This award qualified the Team to advance to the second round of the Game Design Challenge, where we compete with the Designer's Award and the Concept Award winners from the other Groups.

Shockwave was then selected as one of the twenty Game Design Challenge Finalists out of nearly 1400 submissions, to compete in front of the Game Design committee!

To watch the 4488 game animation, check here.

Team 4488 FIRST Fair Classes

For classes presented by Shockwave click Here

Team 4488 Mentors Roundtable

For information about the MRT event hosted/founded by Shockwave click Here

2019 Achievements

Team 4488 was ranked #1 in the world for 2019 HAB RP rating, meaning the success rate of our robot to climb the large step (Habitat) was the highest out of the over four thousand teams competing in 2019.

Ranked 22nd in the world considering all the official matches the team has played since its rookie year.

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2019 World Championship - Galileo Division, Houston, TX

  • Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors
  • Pit Safety Award

2019 Pacific Northwest FIRST District Championship

As a member of the Pacific Northwest district, Team 4488 ranked 4, among 151 teams, having earned 293 points.
  • Rank 3
  • District Championship Finalist
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • FRC Top 10 US West and Canada West Week 6 (world vote) - #8
  • FRC Top 10 US West and Canada West Week 6 (West Region vote) - #5

2019 PNW District Lake Oswego

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  • Team 4488 was Rank 1 with a record of 16-4-0
  • District Event Winner
  • Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors

2019 PNW District Clackamas

  • Team 4488 was Rank 3. Captain of 2nd alliance
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

2019 Team with Hillsboro Mayor Steve Callaway


2019 Go Baby Go China

Team 4488 volunteers for the project Go Baby Go in Oregon and has been a important influence of Go Baby Go in China. Go Baby Go is a nationwide project that re-engineers ride-on-cars for children with all types of disabilities learn more...

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Robotics Club Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Glencoe Robotics Team, Shockwave! No experience necessary.

Please fill out the Club Registration.


A few links about the team:

4488 YouTube Channel