About Us

Hello! We are team 7983, the Cyber Hawks, a VEX VRC Robotics Team from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California.

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Mr. Smith

Meet Mr. Smith

Mr. Smith is the physics teacher and robotics coach at Centennial High School. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelors degree in Physics and went on to receive a Masters degree in Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2004, Mr. Smith was hired to teach in the science department at CHS. He became qualified to teach PLTW Engineering in 2010 after training at San Diego State University. Three years later, Mr. Smith became the advisor of the Engineering Club and VEX Robotics teams.

Mr. Smith dedicates so much of his time to the robotics program; students are able to work on their robots before school, at lunch, and after school almost five days a week. His background in Physics and Computer Science make him the perfect teacher for the job, and we are honored to be able to call him our coach.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is an innovative project-based learning program that incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math. PLTW empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges in an exciting and engaging way. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students not only learn technical skills, but also learn to solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate, and collaborate. Students work though modules that consist of activities, a project and a problem. They work through three main activities where they gain knowledge and skills. Then they proceed to using those skills to investigate a meaningful project before finally transferring and applying skills in a real-world problem.

Centennial High School partners with Project Lead the Way for all of their engineering curriculum, under PLTW's Engineering Design Pathway. This includes the robotics program.

Upcoming Events

Jan 11

Streets of Bakersfield

7983F, 7983S, 7983T, 7983Z

Join us at the Kern County Fairgrounds for the 7th Annual Streets of Bakersfield Robotics Extravaganza!

Jan 18

California Central Coast

7983D, 7983J, 7983R, 7983W

Find us competing in beautiful San Luis Obispo at the Cal Poly campus!

Feb 8

Kern Robotics Invitational

7983D, 7983F, 7983S, 7983Z, Non-Competition


Feb 15

Google Signature Event



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