Team Blitz is an awesome robotics club serving high school students in the Denver foothills.
Conifer High School is our chartering organization, but we welcome students from the surrounding foothill communities such as Evergreen, Morrison, Pine, and Bailey as well as homeschooled students. We design, build, and program robots from scratch. We love building robots and having fun!
While the robots are designed and built by students, guidance is provided by adult mentors. We’re always on the lookout for additional mentors. While engineering expertise is helpful (think electrical, mechanical, or programming), we also need non-engineering mentors (NEMOs) that can contribute in non-technical ways such as marketing, organizing, fundraising, and team building, just to name a few.
Parents are critical to the success of Team Blitz. They help with various activities such as fundraising and demonstrations, team spirit activities, picking up pizzas during hectic build sessions, and getting students to and from kickoff events, scrimmages, and competitions. We couldn’t do it without them, and all parents are invited to be as actively involved as they want to be.
Team Blitz participates in these events and activities.
FRC is a program of FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology). The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. In FRC, high school-aged teams compete head to head on a special playing field with robots they have designed, built, and programmed.
Electrical, mechanical, programming…we do it all!
Students in the mechanical sub-group learn how to perform mechanical design using CAD, 3D printing, the use of a variety of power tools, and robot assembly. Students work on making the robot’s drive system optimal for the competition environment and designing accessory attachments such as lifters and grippers.
Students in the programming sub-group learn how to program the robots in high-level languages such as Java. They learn how to signal the robot’s motor controllers programmatically as well as have the robot respond to sensor input. They work on autonomous drive modes as well as programming the game controllers used to drive the robot.
If a picture is worth a thousands words, then…
This is a short clip of the first test of our 2015 robot’s grip/lift arm mechanism.
Video of the Team Blitz robot (#2083) competing in Best Semi-Finals 2016
Made in Conifer, Colorado! ©