Team 6282

Simi Valley Robotics
FTC Team 6282 2021-2022

We are excited to return to League V to compete in person this season.

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." -Dean Kamen


Upaush S.

I’m a 16-year-old at Simi Valley High School. This will be my third year competing in FTC. I have taken 3 robotics classes prior to this year which means I possess experience with building and programming robots. I previously have taken classes that gave me coding in languages such as python and javascript. As this year's vice president of systems and software, I will be responsible for making sure the electronic devices including the sensors are properly working and will overlook the programming of this year's robot. I enjoy gaming and traveling with my family.


Christopher N.

I'm 16 years old and a Junior. This is my third year on FTC Team 6282. I am the president of the club, a mechanical engineer, and have some experience as a programmer. I've helped build 2 robots and I really enjoy working with the others as a team. I enjoyed competing in the meets, ILTs and Regionals. In my free time I like to camp and travel with my family, skateboard at the park, play soccer, build legos, and play video games.


Noah S.

I am a 16-year-old Junior at Simi Valley High School. This is my third year with the team. As the Head of the mechanical engineering subteam, I have been mastering CAD using Fusion 360, soldering, and teaching how to use power tools to fabricate parts. I like to go on hikes and I enjoy spending time with my family.


Ella H.

My name is Ella and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Simi Valley High School. This is my first year competing with the Robotics team and I'm really looking forward to this season! When I'm not at robotics meets, I can probably be found on the soccer field!


Josh D.

My name is Josh, and I’m 17 years old and a senior at Simi Valley High School. This is my first year on Team 6282 and I’m responsible for doing a little bit of everything, from programming to engineering and even helping out in operations. When I’m not in robotics, I enjoy hanging out with friends and playing video games.


Ashley P.

Hello! My name is Ankita and I’m 17 years old. I’m a senior and a third year member on Team 6282. I learned about this club through outreach events, and so glad that I did! I currently help with scouting and other outreach events for the team. This team has helped me open my mind to new ideas and learning new things. When I’m not in Robotics, you can usually find me hanging out with my friends or watching a movie.


Anirudh P.

My name is Anirudh, and I am a 17 year old senior at Simi Valley High School. I am a first year in the robotics club and I help with everything, with a focus on programming. When I’m not working on the robot or doing schoolwork, I am usually playing video games with friends, or playing volleyball.


Daniel H.

I am a 14 year old freshman at Simi Valley High School. This is my first year on Team 6282 and I’m really looking forward to learning how to use CAD and build parts for the robot. I enjoy playing video games with friends, and for a few weeks I was making a wooden ferris wheel that moved by itself.

Dylan K.

Dylan K.

I am a 16-year-old Junior at Simi Valley High School. This is my second year competing on team 6282. I am Treasurer of the club, I also run our Instagram account. I help the team by using power tools and helping keep the us organized. When I'm not at robotics I like to read, be involved with my church, and play instruments.

Our Mentors

Mrs. Giacalone

Mrs. Giacalone

I teach computer science and ROP Robotics at Simi Valley High. This is my seventh year volunteering as a mentor for Team 6282. Everything I know about FIRST, I've learned from my son and daughter, who competed for years with FIRST Robotics Competition. Our team has benefited greatly from their after-school visits and from dinner conversations about drive trains, intake systems, sensors and programming. I particularly enjoy grant writing, as it brings attention to all the great work that our talented young students are doing. I love to see their faces light up when they realize how much they have accomplished.

Jessica Bussjaeger

Jessica Bussjaeger

I’m Jessica, a Mechanical Coach for the FTC Team 6282, Simi Valley Robotics. Although my mechanical skills are on point, I made my talented and loving husband Blue write my bio for me. I’m a Design Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne working in propulsion systems, such as the AR1 and RS-25 rocket engines. This is my sixth season working with a robotics team. I love the opportunity FIRST provides for me to teach other motivated students tangible engineering career skills such as CAD, professional design processes, manufacturing, project management, presentation skills, and communication.

Blue Bussjaeger

Brandon "Blue" Bussjaeger

I'm Blue, a coach for the Simi Valley Robotics team. This is my sixth year heavily involved in mentoring and coaching an FTC team, and my thirteenth year volunteering for FIRST. I work as a Software Engineer for inVia Robotics in Westlake Village, which focuses on mobile robotics solutions for warehouse automation. You can find me at most FIRST events volunteering as the emcee, cheering on teams as they demonstrate their robots on the competition field. I'm extremely grateful to be working with such a dedicated group of students this year who are quick to learn and eager to improve their skills.

We Are Recruiting!

If you are a student at Simi Valley High School, there is room on the team for you. Come visit and see for yourself if robotics is a good fit for you.
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