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.
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.