About Team 1717

Team 1717, the D’Penguineerscompeted in FIRST Robotics from 2006 to 2015, and the team earned many awards. The 2012 robot, Lindsay Rosebot, was recognized as the robot with the highest Offensive Power Ranking in the world in that year's FIRST Robotics Competition. Team 1717 won numerous awards from 2006 to 2015, including winning 10 regional competitions and advancing to the FIRST World Championships almost every year.

The team was retired as of the 2015-16 school year, to allow the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) to focus on Mechatronics.

All students on Team 1717 were seniors in the DPEA program at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California. The members of Team 1717 spent four years in the DPEA taking classes in advanced physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, computer programming, machining, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Organized into six engineering teams, they gain hands-on experience not only in the scientific and engineering fields but also in the corporate and industrial worlds. 

In January 2006, the first Team 1717 participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition under the leadership of DPEA physics teacher, Amir Abo-Shaeer, who founded the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy in 2002. In 2014-15, DPEA veteran Sam Ridgeway was the head mentor for the 2015 robotics team.

The New Cool, written by Neal Bascomb, follows four FIRST Robotics Competition teams through the course of the 2009 season. Its main subject is Team 1717 and the exploits of its students and its head mentor Amir Abo-Shaeer. 

Team 1717 owes its success not only to the devotion of the DPEA teachers, mentors, parents, families and friends but also to the incredible generosity of the DPEA sponsors.