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. Now into our fourth competitive season, we have benefited as a team with a lot of learning experience not only from the technical perspective but also on various ways our team can make a positive impact to the community. We have multiple initiatives to empower young children especially girls in STEM through robotics.

Team Members

FTC 18241 is a community team comprised of five versatile high school students. We are an all girls team covering broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities that are integral part of FIRST Tech Challenge.
  • Nidhi: Nidhi is our team captain and an high school sophomore. She has been into robotics since age 6. She also 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, software 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.
    FTC Team 18241

    Outer Galaxy 2023-24 Season Team

    L to R: Brooke, Aditi, Laya, Nidhi and Anshithaa
  • Laya: Laya is a high school freshman and into the second season with our team. She is part of the software team and has the key role of brainstorming the autonomous missions. She leads creation of software algorithms and shares programming responsibilities with the team.
  • Brooke: Brooke is a high school junior. She is on the design & build team. She has been leading the design of the robots and uses Onshape to validate the design ideas before implementation by build team.
  • Aditi: Aditi is from Mt Laurel, NJ and currently in grade 7. 2023-24 is her rookie season where she aspires to be a programmer on the team.
  • Anshithaa: Anshithaa is in grade 7 at Rosa International Middle School. 2023-24 is her rookie season with focus in the software area.

Outer Galaxy has 3 core sub teams i.e. (A)Strategy & Programming (B)Design & Build or (C) Marketing & Community Engagement. All team members usually collaborate with each other and assist in all aspects of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition including outreach, marketing, technical, documentation, etc.

Strategy & Programming: Develops strategy for the season as well as leads the discussion to define a team strategy to achieve the season game mission. Team brainstorms different algorithms and approaches to meet mission tasks. Programming team develops the software for the robot to navigate as well as to operate the various mechanisms installed to execute the mission. The programs are developed in incremental manner to start with smaller simple tasks advancing on to complex autonomous and teleOp programs.

Design & Build: Collaborate with other teams to evaluate different robot design ideas. Design the robot using Onshape CAD software. Build the robot using wide array of parts from kits, custom made, etc.

Marketing & Community Engagement: MCE team will develop materials to showcase the FTC team to various audiences including sponsors, social media, prospective team members, etc.

We are currently recruiting new team members for 2023-24 FTC season. We are looking to add two Programming and one Design & Build team member. Please contact us at team@outergalaxy.org if you are interested in joining our team for the upcoming season.
Click here for more details on New Team Member Recruitment.


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 aim is to provide the team with lots of learning opportunities.

2023-24 Season Mentors

  • Miss. Shruti: Shruti is an alumni of Team Outer Galaxy and currently a freshman at Princeton University majoring in Computer Science in the College of Engineering. With five years prior experience in FTC, her role is to guide the team where needed in technical areas.
  • Ms. Shivani Sivakumar: Shivani is a Robotics Software Engineer at SafeAI and an alumni of Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Science in Robotics Systems Development.
  • Dr. Alexandru Patriciu and Philips Robotics Team: Dr. Patriciu is a leader of robotics at Philips where his team creates cutting-edge innovations in medical robotics. Dr. Patriciu and his team is mentoring Team Outer Galaxy.
THANK YOU! to our 2022-23 season mentors Mr. Scott Rankin (CEO, Vulcan Spring) and Mr. Colton Glick (Engineer, Boeing Corporation) for guiding our team to troubleshoot specific challenges in build and programming areas respectively.