Welcome to HP Robotics!
Team 2823, the Automatons, is a FIRST Robotics Competition team from Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The team consists of students from Freshman to Seniors who are assisted by adult volunteers (known as mentors).
New in 2015-2016, the team is trying to add an additional competition form, FIRST Tech Challenge or FTC. In this challenge, younger students work to build an 18″ cubic robot to take on a variety of tasks. This program is active in the fall, with students working 2 or 3 days a week to build a robot which will compete in December.
The team’s historic focus each year is to build a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competitions held in the late winter, early spring each year. Each year, at the beginning of January, FIRST announces the game challenge. For the next six weeks, known as build season, the team works frantically to build a robot that will meet that challenge. That period of work is intense, requiring many 12+ hour weeks, leading to the accurate description of ‘The Hardest Fun Ever’.
The team competes in one or more 3 day competitions in late winter or early spring, and that is usually the end of the formal program.
However, the rest of the year is very active as well. The team spends a great deal of time training and preparing for build season. The team also performs a great deal of outreach; volunteering to showcase the robot at various activities around the Twin Cities (including elementary schools and the State Fair).
Students are also expected to organize and run the enterprise, including the web site, recruiting, and a range of other activities.
There is no sign up fee. We are partially funded by a generous grant by 3M. However, that does not cover all of our costs, so there is fundraising throughout the year that students and their families are expected to participate in. We also ask families to volunteer to help with travel to special events, and to help coordinate snacks during the off season, and meals during build season.
We do have a complete handbook with more information.
The Robotics Team experience at Highland is an incredible opportunity; students get to work shoulder to shoulder with experts in their field. They get an incredible range of experience, from building, to software, to leading an organization. There are even generous scholarships that students can win. All in all, it is a fantastic experience for the students. We hope you come join us!