14 - 18

Cost / Team / Year


Robot Cost



Robot Weight

160 lbs


An exciting sport built around the world of STEM

Charger Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition team #537 has approximately 30 team members, grades 9-12.  Students enrolled at Hamilton High School are eligible.

FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.  To meet a new challenge each year, students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.  Teams also create and manage a team “brand,” and raise required funds.  Participants use the same tools used by professional engineers.  Professional mentors provide their time and talents to help each team succeed.


FIRST Robotics Competition is as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.  It’s a sport where all participants can choose to become a professional.

Awards are given for the competition, community outreach, design, and to celebrate other real-world accomplishments.

Students get to:

  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills

  • Apply real-world math and science concepts

  • Design, build, and program robots

  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments

  • Access over $80 million in college scholarships


For more information about FIRST in your area:

(603) 666-3906

(800) 871-8326


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Charger Robotics expresses the FIRST® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through Core Values:

  • DISCOVERY:  We explore new skills and ideas

  • INNOVATION:  We use creativity and persistence to solve problems

  • IMPACT:  We apply what we learn to improve our world

  • INCLUSION:  We respect each other and embrace our differences

  • TEAMWORK:  We are stronger when we work together

  • FUN:  We enjoy and celebrate what we do


Gracious professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST.  It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.  Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.  They avoid treating anyone like losers.  No chest-thumping tough talk, and no sticky-sweet platitudes either.  Knowledge, competition and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life.  One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

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Transportation drives us forward – impacting economies, bridging cultures, and making us all more globally interconnected. 

FIRST® Robotics Competition teams will be challenged to reimagine the future of safe, high-speed travel and lightning-fast deliveries through innovative engineering, creative thinking, and teamwork in 2022 RAPID REACT presented by The Boeing Company.

We find out how to play this game on Saturday, January 8!


Get ready for RAPID REACT!



Charger Robotics students grades 9 - 12 have the option to join our FIRST Robotics Competition team. 


Our FRC team operates out of Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin.

There are approximately 30 students and 10 adult mentors on our FRC team.

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Charger Robotics was founded on November 20th, 2000 as FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team #537, from Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin.

Originally named "Domo A.R.I.G.A.T.O." (Applied Robotics Innovation Gameplay And Technology Opportunity"), Team #537 changed its name to "Charger Robotics" on October 23rd, 2003 to better align its branding to other Sussex Hamilton organizations.


Over the years, Charger Robotics has expanded to include FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) teams, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) teams, and has impacted over 500 students and 80 mentors who have been involved in the program.


A new organizational strategy was adopted in 2019 which aimed to more strongly unify the various STEM and FIRST programs in Sussex under the Charger Robotics brand.  The organization continues to embrace Continuous Improvement to provide a seamless experience and increase engagement with students, sponsors, and the community.

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Team Meetings

Charger Robotics FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams operate out of Hamilton High School.

Pre-season starts on October 5, 2021.


Teams practice on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Build Season starts January 8, 2022.

Starting January 8, 2022, Saturday meetings will be added from 8:00am to 12:00pm as our program shifts focus from FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) to FIRST Robotics Competition.

Competition Season starts February 20, 2022 during the Charger Robotics Mini-Regional scrimmage event.

FIRST World Championship Event in Detroit, Michigan is April 27, 2022 through April 30, 2022.

FRC activities wind down in May.

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