FIRST Tech Challenge Team 7464

Capitals Engineering

Our Mission:

Use FIRST robotics to build award winning robots and spread quality STEM educational opportunities throughout the Seventh-day Adventist school system.

Who Are We?

Heads bent over computers, people talking, a robotics playing field, and engineers discussing their build plans are just a few things you might find if you looked in the Sacramento Adventist Academy Computer Lab Monday through Thursday mornings. This Capitals Engineering Robotics team has been running for five years and has only improved with each passing year. “The team has a better understanding on the whole curriculum, especially in the area of Marketing”, says Mr. Wade, our Team Instructor and Chairman. We are all working very hard towards the goals we have for the team.

Our goal as a team is to spread FTC (First Tech Challenge) robotics around Seventh Day Adventist schools. Each member is in a smaller team, whether it be Marketing, Finance,  or Engineering, and each teams has their own goals in order to achieve the main goal. For example, the Marketing team hopes to raise $10,000 so we can go to the National Teachers’ Conference in Chicago, from August 6 to August 9, 2018.

Aside from all the hard work going on in robotics, there are plenty of benefits and fun to go around. As the Director of Marketing, Mary Freeman’s favorite part of robotics is the chance to learn the skills of marketing on a corporate level, which she is passionate about. Our Chief Executive Officer, Robert Gouveia, says he enjoys the mental challenge and the design process. “It challenges the way we think and our level of understanding and creativity.” We love our school and want to help our students. In robotics, we get to learn something unique and real world lessons.

Heads bent over computers, people talking, a robotics playing field, engineers discussing their build plans, and a room full of joyful, hard-working students is what you would find if you looked inside our computer lab.


What is FTC?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!”

Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages, including Java. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Each season concludes with Super-Regional Championships and an exciting FIRST Championship.

The Directors


Robert Gouveia


Robert is a Senior this year at Sacramento Adventist Academy (SAA) as well as the Chief Executive Officer of Capitals Engineering robotics team. He is a very responsible and hardworking student. He can be an introvert or an extrovert, depending on the situation. During Robert's spare time, he enjoys participating in Flag Football, Kung Fu and Scuba, babysitting, and playing video games. His favorite subjects are Math and Science, and occasionally History. This is Robert’s fifth season on Capitals Engineering robotics, an SAA record!! Robert likes Robotics because of the learning process and application of real-world skills. He is undecided yet as to what field he wants to go into, but he is aiming for either an Engineering or Medical career.


Trinity Gallaher


Trinity is in her Junior year at Sacramento Adventist Academy. She describes herself as an “extroverted introvert”, and she’s right. Her spare time consists of robotics and homework, proof that she is totally immersed in her work. She loves Robotics because it’s fun and extremely rewarding. She enjoys the math and engineering aspects of the team. This is her second year on the team and she is already neck deep in her work. Trinity is a part of the team because, as she says, “Robotics gives a basic knowledge of Engineering and Technology, which I’ll need in any field.” She is currently the President of the Capitals Engineering team. Trinity hopes to go into Elementary Education after she’s completed high school.