About Outer Galaxy


Outer Galaxy (FTC 18241) is an FTC team based out of Marlton, New Jersey. 2020 year was our rookie season. During the rookie season we were able to build two versions of our robot which gave us lot of opportunities to learn about key mechanisms. So far this year has been a tremendous learning experience not only from the technical perspective but also on various ways our team can make a positive impact to the community.

Team Members

FTC 18241 is a community team comprised of five versatile middle and high school students. We are an all girls team covering all aspects of FTC season including planning, design, build, programming, outreach and fundraising.
  • Shruti DM: Shruti is a high school junior and is 15 years old. Besides robotics, she is passionate about tennis, singing, and playing the piano. Over the years, she has been participating in different robotics competitions in which she has developed a strong fascination with robotics. Specifically, Shruti is interested in the programming and design aspects of robotics. She joined this team because FTC encompasses everything that she loves about robotics. Being part of a FIRST team allows her to explore all of her interests and more in robotics and being a part of a community. On this team, she hopes to gain leadership skills being the team captain this season. In addition, she is looking forward to learning more about different sensors to make our robot as robust as possible. In the future, she aspires to go into the medical field and knows that her cooperation and teamwork skills will only improve being part of an FTC team.
  • Ashna: Ashna is a high school junior. She likes reading, dancing, and playing the flute. She joined FTC because after joining FRC the previous year she wanted to explore more of the world of robotics. She is interested in the mechanical and design parts of the robot and hopes to soon learn more about programming. Ashna loves working on a team and wishes to open her horizons through FTC. She wants to go into a STEM-related career in the future.
  • Nidhi: Nidhi is an eighth grader. She enjoys baking, reading, and painting. Nidhi joined FTC because she enjoys robotics as she has participated in FLL and WRO and loved the experience she had. Nidhi cherished being able to be a part of a community that embraces her love for robots. She also really enjoyed watching her sister, Shruti’s FIRST experience while she was on an FTC team for two years before they formed their own team. Nidhi is interested in the building, design, and outreach aspects of FTC plus robotics in general. On this team, she hopes to improve her design skills, learn to build complex robots, learn CAD, and Outreach. Nidhi has always loved robotics and STEM and one day hopes to be a Robotic Engineer at Space-X or NASA.
  • Piya: Piya is an eighth-grader and is 13 years old. Outside of robotics, Piya has a strong liking for playing soccer, painting, and playing the violin. Piya joined the FTC team this year because she developed an interest in her 5th-grade robotics club, so she wanted to explore it further and more in-depth. She is also fond of math in school and robotics allows her to use her skills in a real-world situation. When working, Piya is very passionate about programming and connecting with the industry to learn from mentors. During this season, she hopes to acquire skills in how to program with Java and also wants to learn how to CAD. Piya hopes to gain a lot of knowledge from this team which will help her achieve her goal of being a computer programmer/engineer in the future.
  • Shruti MV: Shruti MV is a 10th grader, who is 15 years old. Outside of robotics, she plays tennis. She joined FTC to see if she likes it, and if she wants to do it for her career. Her favorite subject in school is math. She is really interested in programming, and wants to learn how to program a robot from FTC. Right now, she is still trying find out what she wants to do in her career.
  • Julianna: Julianna is the newest member on the team joining us in 2021-22 season. She is a 7th grader from Gloucester,NJ and transitioning from FLL on to FTC.


Deepak M - Head Coach & Mentor

Mr. Deepak is the coach and advisor for our team. He provides guidance, support and advises the team on various aspects of First Tech Challenge. His aims to provide the team with lots of learning opportunities.

Dipak Dattani - Mentor

Mr. Dipak Dattani is the mentor to Outer Galaxy team. He provides guidance and support to the team.