Our History

Greater Rochester Robotics (GRR) Team 340 is a veteran FIRST® Robotics Competition that was founded in the fall of 1999 by Chris Mikus and John Simmons, two engineers working for Nortel Networks, along with Jason Rees, a Technology teacher at Churchville-Chili High School. Eighteen years later, Jason Rees continues to lead our team to success.

Our team was originally open to any student at Churchville-Chili High School along with children of Nortel Networks employees. We then started recruiting students from all around the Greater Rochester area, including students from Fairport, Webster, Rush-Henrietta, and the Rochester City School Districts. Our name, Greater Rochester Robotics, was selected to reflect our diverse group of students from the Rochester area. We have maintained our school diversity by allowing students to be part of our team if their home district does not have a FIRST robotics team.

Team 340 has averaged a team size of more than 45 students per year. Our team has a dedicated group of more than 20 mentors, most of which are parents of current and former team members, in addition to many team alumni who return to mentor.  There are four program advisors who work for the school district to help enforce school policies, plan activities and trips, and help with recruiting new members and mentors. Additionally, Team 340 has grown from a club that worked during the six-week “Build Season” to a program that works year-round and is actively involved with FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), FIRST® Tech Challenge, VEX Robotics, and many community-related projects.  

Our accomplishments over the past 18 years:

  • Regional Competition & Championship Division Winners: 8 times
  • Competition Finalists: 10 times
  • Competition Quarter-Finalists: 9 times
  • Competition Semi-Finalists: 2 times
  • Awards Won at Competitions: 36

, and some general information about the team right here.