To start the 2016 season, Team 1595 hosted a kickoff event at Saint George’s School to explore and strategize the game of Stronghold. We went on to compete at the West Valley and Central Washington University District Events, where we made it to the quarterfinals in both. We were also honored to win the Industrial Design and Excellence in Engineering Awards. Read more


2015 proved to be a commanding sequel to our success in 2014, as we took home a win at the West Valley District Event, placed 2nd in the Central Washington University District Event finals, and made it to the quarterfinals at all three of our district and regional events. We received an Entrepreneurship Award and the Engineering Inspiration Award twice.  This allowed us to make an appearance at the World Championships in St. Louis where we advanced to Eliminations as the first pick by the Second Alliance captain. During post season, we made an appearance in Washington DC to support the passing of Senate Bill 1177 with other FIRST teams. During early August, we travelled to China as an Ambassador team with the 3 original American FRC teams and 4 others from Australia, Brazil, and the United States. Our FTC team also went on to win the Tesla Interleague event during their season.  Read more


This season was one of Team 1595’s most successful, with appearances in the quater-finals, semi-finals, and finals at 3 district competitions. The team also won the Industrial Design Award 3 times and traveled to the World Championships in the Curie Division. The addition of a branding and graphics team also allowed for the development of a standardized team image consisting of fonts, colors, and logos to be used on the robot, website, and in other media. 4 FTC teams have been added, and the team now mentors 12 FIRST Teams (5 FTC, 3 FLL, and 4 Jr. FLL). Read more


Due to a large influx of students, the team was able to relaunch the business department for the first time since Rick’s return. The team was the captain of the 6th seed alliance at both the Spokane and Central Washington University competitions, which allowed us to attend the World Championships for the first time in many years. Lead mentor Rick DeFord also received the Woodie Flowers Finalist award at the Spokane Regional.

2010 – 2012

During these few years, Team 1595 was able to expand the FIRST program within our school. In 2011, we started a student-run FIRST Lego League team, providing our school’s 5th grade students with an opportunity to learn programming and machine design skills. Our first FTC team, 6128, was also added in 2012 to provide middle school students with the experience.

2008 – 2009

The team hosted another unofficial kickoff for local teams. During this time, our main mentor, Rick DeFord, was hired nearly 2,000 miles away. This was a difficult time, but we were able to sustain the team because of the ties we had with our sponsors, mainly Pearson Packaging. Although in these two seasons we did not experience as much success as our first three years, it was during this time we started thinking about the further development of our FIRST Programs.


Team 1595 hosted an unofficial FIRST Robotics kickoff in Spokane, providing the Kit of Parts to local teams so they would not have to drive 280 miles in order to pick up the supplies. District 81 also adopted the FIRST program partly because of the team’s influence. Success and popularity with the program became evident when the team started mentoring students across the region, including students from our rival school. The team’s efforts in promoting STEM gave the opportunity to receive the Engineering Inspiration Award.


Mentor Rick DeFord was recognized with Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 2006 Catalyst Award: Mentor of the Year and the team was identified as a Finalist for Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 2006 Mentor Organization of the Year. These recognitions came after meeting with companies, such as Altec, Wagstaff Inc, Lloyd Industries, and Haskins Steel, who agreed to sponsor other FRC teams that Team 1595 helped mentor. These teams include Central Valley Team 2149, East Valley Team 2148, West Valley Team 2147, and Bonners Ferry Team 2130. Additionally, the team received a first year grant from NASA.


A rookie team with only eleven members strong, Team 1595 showed their passion for robotics when they received the Judge’s Award and won the Pacific Northwest Regional. NASA also honored the team with a Rookie Team grant.


A group of Saint George’s School sophomores watched the FIRST Championships on NASA Television, which inspired and piqued their interest in the program. Their enthusiasm led to in-depth research and the ambition to enlist the help of two exceptional teachers: John Nord, the Mathematics teacher, and Rick DeFord, the Engineering teacher. Team 1595 became the first known FRC team in the Inland Empire.