Our Task

To inspire youth through STEM:

  • We help provide the knowledge to be involved in an engineering career.
  • We create and accept challenges that test students' creativity and innovation.
  • We compete in multiple competitions that are exciting and provide the opportunity to meet other teams.
  • We teach students how to interact in real world situations. We provide students the ability to have math and science based thinking.
  • We strive to inspire teenagers to take on futures in science, math, and innovation.

Who We Are

The mission of FIRST Team #2451 “PWNAGE” is “Inspiring Youth Through STEM.”  The goal of our team is to provide opportunities for students to develop their science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge and skills. Our students are always looking for opportunities to share our projects, skills, and ideas in communities by participating in a variety of events throughout the year.  Our team is affiliated with the Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Our current team is comprised of students from the Fox Valley area in the suburbs of Chicago.  The team includes 3 home-schooled students and 32 students from 11 different high schools. PWNAGE is unique in that we are open to all interested high school students. PWNAGE members come from a multitude of communities from as far as 25 miles away from our home at Genesis Automation Inc. in St. Charles, Illinois.

What We Do

Team 2451, better known as Team PWNAGE, trains students in the process of professionally building a robot while having fun, learning technical skills, business, marketing, computer applications, and mentoring others. We build robots for the FRC (First Robotics Competition) division of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST was created for inspiring youth to take on futures in science, math, and technology.Through FIRST, our members learn how to interact professionally in real world situations.Thanks to FIRST, and our main sponsor, Genesis Automation, our members learn what it means to be an engineer and what being a team player really means.

Our team's task is to inspire youth through STEM, which stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math". Keeping this in mind, we strive to actively reach out to high school students who otherwise would not have gotten an opportunity such as the one that FIRST has given structure to.

Our team knows that the United States needs students who are interested in math and science; Through the FIRST competitions, we take up the challenge in preparing math and science based thinkers. We are helping the future generations by preparing them to be the people our country will need.


If you love robotics, but can't join the program, you can still help the organization. Support our team by donating or becoming a sponsor. Robotics teams, while earning outstanding achievement awards, do have large expenses and rely on the generosity of sponsors and donations to help meet financial needs. Our team is affiliated with the Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  All donations are tax deductible.

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