The Bellarmine Robotics Team, which is 100+ members strong, is recognized as one of the top teams in the country. Team 254, also known as The Cheesy Poofs, competes in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and VEX regional, state and national tournaments.

Previous robotics and/or programming experience is not required to join the team. However, due to the highly-competitive nature of the team, you must submit an application if you'd like to participate, with mentors selecting team members based upon their passion and dedication. Mentors, moderators and team members are available to help new members learn the tasks that are of interest to them, whether that means being machine-trained on the lathe or drill press, or leaning Solidworks, CAD or C++.

Team 254 also utilizes their members' writing, animation and photography skills to publish a team newsletter and maintain a club website.

FIRST Robotics - 2014 World Champions
VEX Robotics - Teamwork Award, Website Award at the 2014 World Championship
VEX Robotics - 2013 State Champions
FIRST Robotics - 2011 World Champions
VEX - High School General Excellence Award at the 2011 World Championship


Students, along with knowledgeable mentors, work at the NASA Ames Research Center to design, build, and field a competitive robot which performs a specific game task. Additionally, team animators create game and safety animations that are judged by FIRST. The co-curricular competition season begins in January with the announcement of the game challenge for the year, and continues through the second semester.  Many of our students will work throughout the year, including summers, to hone their robotics skills. Electronics, machining, construction and programming skills go into the actual production of the robot.  The team video, created yearly for the Chairman's Award, also provides great insight into Bellarmine's program.


VEX, formerly the FIRST Vex Challenge (FVC), is a mid-level robotics competition offering the traditional challenge of a FIRST Robotics competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The VEX season runs from fall through spring, with game challenges defined on a yearly basis. 

Zero Robotics

The Cheesy Poofs added Zero Robotics as a new venture in 2011.  This competition involves programming miniature SPHERES satellites to perform tasks in a virtual environment. The team was very successful in their first year, advancing to the finals of the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge.



Mr. Peng Yav


Mr. Brad Lindemann

Robotics News

  • VEX Teams Compete in Google Starstruck Tournament

    Posted January 24, 2017

    Five VEX, i.e., small robot, teams competed in the Google Starstruck Tournament on January 22. The competition was held at Google in Mountain View, and included 36 teams from across northern California. Team 254A - Manu Kumar and Andy Herbert - received the Excellence Award, which qualifies them for the state tournament next month.

  • Team 254 Hosts Chezy Champs Tournament

    Posted September 30, 2016

    Over the weekend of September 24, Bellarmine College Preparatory’s resident robotics team, Team 254: The Cheesy Poofs, hosted the third annual Chezy Champs, an offseason FRC tournament to celebrate the recent challenge in the name of intense and enjoyable competition.

    Chezy Champs Tournament, Hosted by BCP (Sept 2016)  Photo courtesy of Brad Lindemann
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