As a grade 7 - 12 independent college-preparatory institution, Milken Community Schools is a place of rigorous academic preparation and intellectual inquiry: a place of profound and transformative experiences, with learning, spiritual practice, and ethical practice at the foundation of those experiences.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
It is our mission to challenge youth to create a lasting effect on their community through service learning, Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Leading all of us to a brighter future.
The MilkenKnights firmly believe in the concept of Tikkun Olam, an essential tenet of Judaism of repairing the world. The Milken Knights are an integral part Milken Community School, and as part of a Jewish high school, students and mentors are known to stress one of many core Jewish values: “Do not stand idly by."

Our Sponsors

Sponsor Us

Team 1836 would not be able operate without the generous support from Milken Community Schools and all of our other sponsors. We cannot thank them enough! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact us.

Mentor Us

Mentorship is an essential component of any FIRST® team. Team 1836 is able to utilize the guidance of any skilled individual whether it be technical (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, programing, design, etc.) or nontechnical (marketing, public relations, community engagement and service, etc.). If you believe you would be a good match with our team, please contact us.


Operations and Public Relations

Operations and Public Relations is responsible for handling all internal and external team communications, award submissions, team image/branding, and team logistics.


Students will learn Java and be responsible for programing the robot and developing autonomous modes.

Mechanical and Manufacturing

Students involved in the mechanical subteam will be trained on the router, mill, laser cutters, and 3D printers and will be taught how to assemble those parts and put them on the robot.


Students will learn and work on using CAD software to implement design ideas into robot mechanisms and make drawings so that the Mechanical and manufacturing subteam can make parts.


This subteam will be responsible for learning about the electronic components of the robot and be responsible for wiring the electronics panel. This subteam will also be responsible for sensors and need to work closely with the mechanical and programing subteams.

Our Robots

2013 Ultimate Ascent
2014 Aerial Assist
2015 Recycle Rush
2016 Stronghold