Since 2005, FIRST Team 1708 has competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.
2018 Robot: Igor
The 2018 FRC robot for Power Up is a cube stacker with a two cube autonomous that can play on either the switch or the scale. Igor features ramps on either side to lift alliance partners to face the boss.
2017 Robot: Cassanova
The 2017 FRC robot for Steamworks is a combination gear runner and shooter robot that can hold 35 balls in the hopper to shoot in the high level boiler with 96% accuracy. Cassanova can run 3 gears per match and has a top mounted climber which reaches the launchpad in 7 seconds.
2016 Robot: Heartbreaker
The 2016 FRC robot for Stronghold is a flat form robot that can pick up "boulders" with its robotic arm and move nimbly over the obstacles on the Stronghold field.
2015 Robot: Kryptonite
The 2015 FRC robot for Recycle Rush is a tote stacker robot that can lift and move totes efficiently on the competition field.
2014 Robot: Black Widow
The 2014 competition robot for Aerial Assist is a ball throwing robot which launches 24in balls into goals to score.