The Team's approach to outreach is three-fold:

  1. Fulfilling its mission "to provide all students in our community with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and knowledge in STEM, leadership, and finance through training for and participation in competitions."
  2. Supporting fellow FIRST teams as a member of the FIRST community
  3. Bonding as a team over non-FIRST related community service

For the first of the three, over the past few years Team 5499 has established a tradition of exciting students who are not yet high school age about STEM at events such as the Solano Stroll and Berkeley Sunday Streets. The team also participates in monthly coastal cleanups in Berkeley and has volunteered at local FIRST Lego League events.