14 - 18
Cost / Team / Year
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
FIRST'S CORE VALUES
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.
This Year's Challenge
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 8 adult mentors on our FRC team.
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 570 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.