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Academic Teams

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TigerBots Robotics

TigerBots is NDB's award-winning, student-run FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team that introduces students to engineering, business, marketing and more. The team works together to develop technical skills to design, prototype and build robots and promote their team. The year-long experience culminates by participating in the annual FTC challenge.

Try your hand at:

  • Designing and building robots
  • Using a drill, a table top saw and other tools
  • Programming
  • 3D printing and CAD
  • Driving robots (even if you can’t drive a car!)
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Marketing and outreach
TigerBots students
TigerBots Students
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Students work on their robot
Students work on their robot
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Math Team

Math Team practices, prepares and competes in a variety of contests and competitions including the California Math League Contests, the American Mathematics, the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling and Moody’s Math Challenge.

Mock Trial Team

The Mock Trial Team is the largest team of any kind at NDB, as well as the largest student organization overall. As the only all-female Mock Trial program in San Mateo County, we provide opportunities for the next generation of women to create community and act for justice, empowering students to bring the Notre Dame Hallmarks into the courtroom.

What is Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is an academic competition centered around a fictional criminal trial. Team members decide whether to specialize in Prosecution or Defense, and then each builds their side of the case: one arguing Guilty, the other Not Guilty. Teams compete against other schools at the official courthouse in Redwood City to see who made the best case and delivered the most entertaining performance. This includes witnesses who must know the facts of their witness statement, trial attorneys who must prepare direct and cross-examination questions, pretrial attorneys who argue constitutional issues relevant to the trial and even the court bailiff.

Why Join Mock Trial?

In true attorney fashion, let NDB give you three arguments for joining us on Mock Trial:

Top Mock Trial Journalist

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Senior Sabrina Philip has been announced as the winner of San Mateo County’s Mock Trial Journalist Competition for the 2023 - 2024 season!

After observing her fellow NDB students compete in their trial, Sabrina wrote and submitted an eight hundred and fifty word article within twenty four hours. Along with other submissions, it was judged by professional journalists who have columns and writing credits that have appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Vox.

With Sabrina's win, she has been invited to represent San Mateo County as our Journalist at the Mock Trial State Finals, being held in Los Angeles from March 22 to 24 

Read the story on Sabrina’s win from NDB’s student newspaper, The Catalyst.

If you’d like to further discover NDB Mock Trial, we encourage you to visit our official team website! There, you can:

  • Learn more about the team and our various programs
  • See past Mock Trial performances
  • Schedule a time to shadow one of our team practices

You can contact the team at, or contact our coach directly at