The real Oscar Vazquez is now a BNSF Railroad locomotive foreman in Glendive, Montana, hired as part of BNSF's Experienced First Line Supervisor (EFLS) Program.

The MIT robot pictured in the movie is actually Carl Hayden's latest robot, the "Sovereign Falcon". This robot is an unmanned AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle). As of this movie's release, Carl Hayden's Falcon Robotics team is competing in the AUVSI / ONR RoboSub competition, a college-dominated competition in which robots must complete tasks without any human control.

Carlos PenaVega is married to Alexa PenaVega.

In real life, the students were led by teachers Fredi Lajvardi and Allan Cameron and not just one as depicted in the film.

When the principal (Jamie Lee Curtis) gives the club the keys to the old school van, Louis, noting the poor condition and trash that falls out when he opens the door, mentions he saw something similar in a horror movie, much to the chagrin of Jamie Lee Curtis's character. This is a nod to her multiple roles in horror films early in her career.

The students often call the teacher "Camerones". That's a play on words for the Spanish word for shrimp, "camarones", and the teacher's last name "Cameron".

Carlos PenaVega and David Del Rio both star in Grease: Live! as Kenickie and Putzie

In real life, the Explorer division of the competition was not dominated by private universities, as in the movie. In fact, it consisted of four high schools (including Carl Hayden), four community colleges, two public universities, and MIT.

Jacob Sullivan wrote an early draft on spec.

Chloe Lukasiak auditioned for the role of Maddy but lost it to Aubrey K. Miller.

On the Lionsgate DVD release, the special features has a deleted scene in which the actors playing the club members walk into their hotel room to find three men sitting in the room around their ROV. These men are real members of the high school team that beat MIT's team.

It is based on the Wired Magazine article "La Vida Robot" by Joshua Davis, about the true story of a group of students from a mainly Latino high school, who won the first place over M.I.T. in the 2004 MATE ROV competition.