About Our Team

Golden Gate Robotics is a high school robotics team from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team started in 2015 and now includes over 30 students from grades 9-12. Team members learn not only STEM skills such as programming, designing, and manufacturing but also business skills such as marketing, management, and finance.


Grace is a Mechanical Engineer and has been involved in FIRST since 2008, having previously been a student and mentor on Team 2481. Grace's involvement with Golden Gate Robotics is primarily lead mentor, mechanical design, manufacturing, strategy, and coaching.

Alyssa is an Engineering Technician and has over 14 years of FIRST experience. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in 11 states and is a new implant to California. Likes long walks on the beach and puzzles.

Jack is a Software Engineer and has over 9 years of FIRST experience. He is originally from Massachusetts, and has lived in Indiana and North Carolina. Likes Disney, good commit messages, and pineapple on pizza.

Mr. Cafasso is a Spanish Teacher at St. Ignatius, presently in his 28th year as a teacher. As an avid motorcyclist, Mr. Cafasso was drawn to the FIRST competition and was a founding faculty member of Team 5924. He has 7 years of FIRST experience.

Mr. Murphy is a native San Franciscan who has been teaching math for 25 years. He has 6 years of FIRST experience and likes to learn coding in his spare time (when his kids allow him to).