The CardinalBotics program is based around the FIRST Robotics Competition, which involves building a 120-pound robot in six-and-a-half weeks to compete with and against other robots from around the world. This allows students to work with a variety of different technologies, including programming, app development, automation, and CAD (computer-aided design) software. Students also have the opportunity to use advanced machinery to work on robot parts and other projects, like our Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) mill. The team also has a public relations and outreach program that encourages students to develop skills in digital photography, videography, graphic design, and modern computer applications to promote STEM.

All of our members are trained in a variety of technology skills in their first year on the team, and then choose a certain field to specialize in for the following years. They practice their skills with industry standard software – whether programming in Java, graphic design in Photoshop, movie editing in Adobe Premier, computer-aided design in Solidworks, iOS/Android app development, and more. By the end of their time on the team, members will be able to complete projects ranging from 3D modelling a robot, programming an autonomous routine, producing a multimedia video, maintaining a website, and more. Members will be well-prepared to enter college majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and have the foundational skills they need for the technology workforce.