How many students does it take to make a team?

Typically, each team need 4-6 members to be successful.

How do I join the team?

If you did not sing up at the beginning of the dear during window period sign-ups, you can talk to your counselor and request to be transferred to robotics. After that, you will be assigned to a team and you can get started.

What can I expect from the robotics program?

Overall, the robotics community is very welcoming and encouraging to all its participants. The coach is friendly and supportive, and he is always available to help. Although it is expected that you attend most of the hours after school, the schedule is flexible so you can also play a sport or participate in other activities to get involved with the school.

How big of a commitment is the robotics program?

Robotics is a big commitment, but it is a great experience for everyone.  Most days, teams have work times for a few hours after school aside from the Window period on B days. During this time, we work on improving our robots, creating plans and goals for the week, and practicing driving. There are a few trips to tournaments and competitions around Washington, including Wenatchee, Tonasket/Oroville, and Ellensburg. These trips are usually on the weekends and they either take up the entire day or they go overnight.

Students enrolling in this program, should be aware that this is a year-long program, and requires at a minimum the following time commitments:

  • Every B-Day Window Period (no makeup exams or other academic/school activities are allowed.)
  • Additional after-school time, and Saturday morning meetings as preparation for competition requires to get their team ready
  • Select all Saturday tournament participation, some will include travel, and may require Friday afternoon travel.
  • Self Study time – programming, engineering design, CAD etc.
  • Participate in and organize local team scrimmages and practice sessions.
  • Participation in, and organizing of the Seattle Prep Archdiocese Robotics Day
  • Mentor and coach the Seattle nativity School VEX IQ Robotics team(s)

What specific jobs do team members have?

There are many jobs each team needs someone to fulfill. Some of these jobs include programmer, engineer/builder, designer, notebook keeper, online challenge coordinator, driver, scouter, and team captain. Most team members do more than one job and it is also possible to have more than one person doing a job. Each job is valuable and it is important that every team has someone to fulfill these duties.

What skills should you have if you want to participate in this program?

You should foremost be able to work in a small team setting. You should have a desire to learn science, math, and engineering and project management. You do not need to be a superstar in any of these fields, but you should have a strong commitment to team work, and be a learner and a teacher. If you are an artist, a person who likes to reach out by loving marketing, public relations, team identity creation, or are interested in being a tactician, this is also a great program for you!

How is the game played?

VEX Robotics Competition “Starstruck “ is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver- controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your Stars and Cubes in your Zones and by Hanging Robots on your Hanging Bar. In addition each team competes in the individual team challenge and the programming challenge, which has a separate qualification possibilities as to a team being selected for the World Championships.

Do I have to spend any money to be in the program?

Students may incur some travel costs as part of participation in the State Tournaments. Those costs will be kept to an absolute minimum and directly billed to the student account. Scholarships are available.

What Robot technology do you use

Teams will design a highly effective robot using the VEX EDR system. All teams, world wide use the same set of parts as provided by VEX Robotics ( The robot design will be anchored in sound Science, Math and Engineering principles, and should be capable of operating in both a tele-operator mode and autonomous mode. Robots will be programmed using the Carnegie Mellon University developed RobotC programming platform. RobotC is an extension specifically developed for robot control systems of the standard C programming language.