Antipodes means the location directly on the opposite side of the globe.
is a girls robotics team headquartered in Pacifica, California, USA, but dedicated to collaboration with similar teams from around the globe.
In the team's inaugural year, the girls were encouraged to collaborate with other teams, and they decided to reach out as far as they could, receiving enthusiastic responses from Teams in Melbourne, Sidney, Perth, Canberra, and Hobart. In the age of Skype, making new friends 12,000 miles away and collaborating with them regularly is easy, except for little things like time zones and different school calendars.
The girls had a very successful 2009/2010 FLL season, scoring numerous, perfect 400 point runs with their robot, TOR (The One Robot), placing 3rd in the Northern California Regional Championships, and advancing to the European Open Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Over the following summer, they built a dual-robot caterpillar and brought it with them to Hobart, Tasmania for incorporation into their sister team's (Robosquad United's) Robocup Junior Senior Dance Theatre routine. There, they won the Australian National Championships in Canberra, spent a semester as foreign exchange students, and won the Tasmanian State FLL championships.
Spending the fall in Tasmania meant missing the entire California FTC season, so they took their rookie FTC robot to Denver and won the Colorado State championships, advancing to the World Championships in St. Louis.
After winning their qualifying tournament in 2011/2012, they took 2nd Place at the Northern California FTC Championships, and are about to head to St. Louis again for another World Championship appearance.
The girls are also dedicated to sharing their experiences and enthusiasm with younger FLL teams, especially other girls teams, and are available for visits.
This website is dedicated to sharing current Antipodes news, lessons learned, and research. Much effort has been put into the site to document their experiences so that others can more easily follow in their footsteps.