SSPF STEM Center is looking for FRC mentors!

The following post if for the Chandler , Arizona area…
Si Se Puede Foundation is looking for FIRST Robotics mentors. They have a new home in the SSPF STEM Center with machining equipment and an FRC practice field. They are looking to rebuild their teams bigger and better than before! If you are interested see link for flyer.

Mentor Request flyer (2).pdf (659.2 KB)


Here are the links for the two FRC teams that we’re recruiting for if you’re interested in learning more about them.

FRC Team 5465: Binary Bots
FRC Team 6413: Degrees of Freedom

If you’re not from AZ, but you know people who are, consider sharing the flyer with them to help us get the word out. We’re also looking for additional help with our two FTC teams for next season. Thank you!


Does anybody know somebody we should be looking up in Arizona for mentors? The STEM Center is scheduled to be complete by September. We are more than happy to give tours!


Great opportunity, Fredi! May be worth contacting the FIRST RD for AZ and their Senior Mentor who often handles mentor/team recruitment.

We have already reached out. Thanks Joe! Will work on Senior mentor next! Machines are slowly arriving!


We got our new rotary air compressor, its it only 60DB loud!


“Success Engine” is a very forward and excellent name for any tool.


That looks like a wonderful facility. I am sure that I am not the only one getting a severe case of “shop envy” :wink:

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SSPF STEM Center-Mill moved into position for electrical hookup
We used a variation of Archimedes approach to moving things to move the 3000lbs mill
Archimedes said, 'If you give me a lever and a place to stand, I can move the world. … To paraphrase Archimedes, give me a place to stand and a lever strong enough and I can move the world.
We used a floor car jack, blocks of wood and a pallet jack.


…and notice the 1726 alumnus, wearing the 4183 shirt, doing all the work…


Be careful getting that mill down the last few inches. It can find it’s own way down pretty fast if you aren’t careful. A 2 ton shop crane can lift it, barely. You may blow the seals in the ram. Ask me how I know. A Johnson bar is also a nice thing to have for moving heavy stuff around.

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We got our half field of official FRC carpet delivered today!


Lathe and Mill in position for electricians at the SSPF STEM Center!


Painting at the SSPF STEM Center. Video Studio / CAD Room and 3D Printer room. The green is for the Video Studio, so we can use as green screen…the orange is for the 3D printing room

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DRO on new mill works!


What color is the Programmer’s Room? Or do they get a TV table over by the mill ? :smiley:

Got our first MakerBot Method X Carbon Fiber printer!
Also got some adjustable tables for the Shop Classroom. By the way, we are still looking for mentors


The pit structures just arrived! One of the best things a team can do to prepare for a competition, if they have the space, is to build the pit in their build space and use it to work out of during the build season. This provides a number of benefits:

  • Provides a great showpiece for any potential sponsors, students, or mentors who visit your build area
  • Forces everyone on the team to get used to working in the pit and learn where everything is located
  • Allows a lot of time for the team to optimize the layout of the pit and what tools and equipment belong in it
  • Makes packing for the competition very easy (if it is in the pit at home, it should be in the pit at the competition) and also helps prevent things from being left behind
  • It also makes setting up the pit at the competition very simple, the team doesn’t have to worry about where to put everything since all of that was decided back at the build space

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Si Se Puede

STEM Center just received its $22K CNC Router donated by the Sanghi Family Foundation! We hope to be up and running come this September!


One of the recent issues we encountered is what is the best way to store all of our tube stock in a way that is both organized and safe? I found this organizer bin from another lab that I work in and was inspired to reverse engineer it and design my own variation that would meet our space requirements.

I designed all of the parts in CAD,

made an exploded view animation to make sure that it could actually be assembled,

made some test cuts to make sure all of the tolerances were good,

cut out all of the parts on a laser cutter using 5 mm plywood and then finally assembled all of the pieces together.

We’re really happy with how it turned out. If anyone would like the design files, just send me a message.