Hi there! We are Exothermic Robotics from Redmond, Washington. We are a student-run organization that currently participates in VRC of the VEX Robotics program. Throughout our 13 years of history, we have experienced many successes that have made us one of the most prestigious robotics clubs in Washington State.
Our club utilizes a senior-freshmen student mentorship program to help educate freshmen teams so they can create an effective robot. Additionally, we also host the Exothermic Winter Bash every year to help bring STEM and robotics to our community. We are delighted to have 8 teams this year!
"It Was On Fire When We Got Here"
A Cartoon-style Robot Drawn By Scott MacDonald, A Volunteer At LexisNexis
Amol Vaidya is a senior at Redmond High School and is part of Exothermic Blaze (10B). He is currently the President of Exothermic Robotics and has been doing VEX for 4 years now. His favorite thing about the program is imagining, designing, and executing different designs and ideas for a robot. He enjoys the feeling of excitement and accomplishment when the robot ends up working as well as being able to hang out and work with friends on stuff they are all passionate about.
Pascal Stevens is a sophomore at Redmond High School and is part of Exothermic Dusk (10D). He is currently the Vice President of Exothermic Robotics. Pascal started VEX IQ in 7th grade and moved up to playing in VRC his freshman year, making this his third year doing VEX. His favorite thing about the program is being able to work together with other passionate people and coming together to build a successful robot.
Gyan Dave is a sophomore at Tesla STEM High School and is part of Exothermic Dusk (10D). He is currently the Build Advisor for Exothermic Robotics. Gyan started VEX IQ in 7th grade and moved up to VRC in 8th grade. He continued VRC in his freshman year, making this his fourth year doing VEX. His favorite thing about the program is being able to learn, build, program, and have fun with his friends and other teams.
Thorsten Lannynd is a senior doing Running Start at Bellevue College (he used to attend Redmond High School) and is part of Exothermic Evolution (10E). He is currently the Programming Advisor for Exothermic Robotics. Thorsten started VEX as a sophomore and this is his third year of doing VEX. His favorite thing about the program is being able to create top-tier Autonomous routines and seeing them work at competitions.
Ann Li is a sophomore at the International Community School and is part of Exothermic Creation (10C). She is currently the Public Relations Officer for Exothermic Robotics. Ann started VEX in 7th grade and competed in the Vex IQ program for two years. She moved up to the VRC program in her freshman year, making this her second year in the VRC program and fourth year total in VEX. Her favorite thing about the program is seeing her robot evolve throughout the season from just a simple idea to a complex, competitive robot. She also enjoys spending time and making friends with people with the same interest in robotics.
Helen Wu is a senior at the International Community School and is part of Exothermic Blaze (10B). She is currently the other Public Relations Officer for Exothermic Robotics. Helen started VEX as a sophomore and this is her third year doing robotics. Her favorite thing about the program is attending Worlds in her sophomore year. Additionally, she enjoys getting to know everyone better and learning about the mechanics and design of the robot.
Shashank Sreepathi is a junior at Eastlake High School and is part of Exothermic Fusion (10F). He is currently the other Parts Manager for Exothermic Robotics. Shashank started VEX as a freshman and this is his third year doing robotics. His favorite thing abouts about the program is how people from different backgrounds and interests work together to build competition robots and become great friends over time. He says that he learned so many life lessons from working with a team year after year while continuing to improve skill wise.
Arnav Narula is a senior at Redmond High School and is part of Exothermic Blaze (10B). He is currently the Parts Manager for Exothermic Robotics. Arnav started VEX as a sophomore, and this is his third year doing VEX. His favorite things about the program are problem-solving alongside equally passionate team members and making Worlds his first year. Additionally, he enjoys watching his code spring to life after what he considers to be well-spent time debugging.