Who are we?

Moonshot FRC Team

What exactly is a moon shot?

A moon shot is something everyone believes is impossible, but it’s something that’s achieved anyway. When high school students are asked to build a robot with little to no experience in the area, it can feel much like JFK’s challenge to reach the moon in before the end of the 60’s. Let’s celebrate that feeling. We know the FIRST Robotics Challenge is daunting. Let’s square up and face it together.

The Moonshot FRC team is a collaboration between Gilmour Academy and North Royalton High School. The team started when seniors in the class of ’16 decided to take their budding appreciation for robotics and step into the hardest challenge around. Each year’s team gets named after a moon, with Luna as our first.


Started by Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST was started to find a fun away to introduce STEM education to new students. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.


Robotics encompasses metalworking, electrical engineering, 3D designing, product testing, programming, and project management. We’re building large, metal machines that can independently move, process sensory input, and make complex decisions. 


FRC gives us an opportunity to study academic and vocational fields in an intense, project-based context. We are grateful for the knowledge and eager for the challenge.

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Gilmour Academy

Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational college-preparatory school that was founded in 1946 by the Brothers of the Holy Cross from Notre Dame, Indiana. Moonshots FRC is based out of Gilmour.

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a private research university in Cleveland, Ohio. The university was created in 1967 by the federation of Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University. Moonshots FRC have been attending seminars hosted by the Case robotics team.

Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc., is an American provider of industrial automation and information solutions. Moonshots FRC was sponsored by Rockwell through the Rockwell Automation FRC Grant, and are mentored by several of its employees.

Meet the Talents

Meet the Team

Bradley Bares

Bradley Bares

Team Captain
Bradley is our team’s rock. We’re depending on his steadfast leadership as we leave behind the “rookie” label.
Sebastian Williams

Sebastian Williams

Software Captain
Sebastian was the chief architect of last year’s software. He’s been studying the Strongback libraries. We’re ready!
Anaam Mostafiz

Anaam Mostafiz

Pit Captain
Anaam is the only returning member from our partnership with North Royalton High School.
John Treppo

John Treppo

Finance Captain
We really have three incredible fundraisers and back-office organizers, John, Meimei and Charlie. We can’t play without their hard work.

Latest from the Blog

The Blog

My Mistakes Starting Our FIRST Robotics Team

My Mistakes Starting Our FIRST Robotics Team

Gilmour Academy founded its team for the FIRST Robotics Competition when Daniel Zhang’16 fiercely (and politely) lobbied our administration for support. Zhang is a force of nature and pushed the idea past a lot of resistance. Things might have gone another way but he secured grants from FIRST, NASA, and our good friends at Rockwell Automation.…

Week 6: It’s In the Bag

Week 6: It’s In the Bag

Our robot was officially sealed in a bag last Tuesday, and it is now sent away until competition day. Beforehand we were able to drive it around and practice with the joystick, and have gotten pretty good at it too! We even got to run it around Convocation at Gilmour. The robot also now has…

Week 6: The End is Nigh

Week 6: The End is Nigh

The First Robotics Competition season is wrapping up. Our robot is due February 23, at which point we will have to seal it in a bag and likely won’t see it until the day of the competition. We will not be able to work on modifications, but plan to practice between the two dates on…

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