INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CARDINALBOTICS MEMBER FOR THE 2020-2021 FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION SEASON?

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with FRC and other skills. We will start accepting new members in the fall of 2021.

Who Are We?

We are a competitive robotics team of FIRST dedicated to promoting STEM education. We participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international league of over 4000 fellow high school teams.

What Do We Do?

A Qualification Match that we played at the Silicon Valley Regional Competition during the 2018-2019 season

Our Subteams

Design / Manufacturing / Programming
  • We use Solidworks computer-aided design (CAD) software to model our robots.
  • ​Our members machine and assemble our robots in-house, often using our CNC mill.
  • We program robot controls, autonomous driving routines, and other applications in Java.
Business / Outreach / Media
  • We raise and manage tens of thousands of dollars, much like a real business.
  • We build team awareness with marketing and media, interacting with companies and our communities.
  • We host fundraising events and robotics camps for youth.

Why You Should Join

Your First Season

During the Fall semester, you’ll have the opportunity to attend regional offseason competitions, where you’ll be able to get a feel for what it’s like to be at a FIRST robotics competition. You’ll also be able to meet people from other FRC teams!

The Internal Robotics Competition (IRC) is a rookie competition that we host at Lowell for all new members of the team. The purpose of the IRC is to help rookies familiarize themselves in our work environment, teach them how to use mechanical tools in the shop, and allow them to gain firsthand experience in competing for a robotics competition. Rookies will be placed in teams of 4-5, and they’ll have about 8 weeks to fully design, prototype and program a functioning robot to compete in the IRC. Each team will be given the same materials to work with, which we call the kit of parts (KOP). Rookies will also receive guidance from mentors through workshops in all subteam topics, which include CAD, programming, and more! 

During Build Season, rookies will be able to shadow veterans in the subteam(s) of their choice and help out with building Field Elements, programming, and more! They will gain firsthand experience in their preferred subteams by working under veterans to further the progress of our robot.

Member Expectations

Time Commitment
  • Robotics meets every day
  • Friday meetings are mandatory
  • Plan on your choice of 2+ other days of the week
  • 8th block until 5:30 PM in the fall, 9:00 PM in the spring
    • You don’t need to attend every day or for the entire time, but you should be working or learning productively when you’re here

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Member Interest Form
    • We will send the online application to you via email.
  2. Interview (5 min)
    • Schedule to meet with us one day Sep. 3 – Sep. 5.
  3. Rules test
    • Quiz on select portions of Deep Space rule book; details and sections to study will be emailed to you.

Season Overview

For the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, the Internal Robotics Competition (IRC) will be held with minimal in-person contact. All workshops and technical training will be held virtually. Tools and materials will be transported between your houses so you will still be able to gain technical skills and hands-on experience through the IRC.