The Tempe Preparatory Academy Robotics Club was created for the sole purpose of fostering scientific creativity through engineering. Students throughout the course of the year are given the opportunity to utilize their scientific inventiveness by constructing a team robot to compete in both state and national competitions. Our robotics club is made possible through the generous donations provided by Honeywell, Logos Dentistry and Microchip. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
In 2015, the robotics team won the FIRST Robotics Competition – Eastern AZ Regional Championship qualifying them to compete again for the FIRST Robotics World Championship Competition in St. Louis, as well as the state of Arizona’s inaugural AIA Robotics State Championship competition. The robotics team took 2nd place in the state’s AIA Robotics State Championship Competition. The robotics team took 5th place in the FIRST Robotics World Championship Competition in St. Louis.
High School Robotics Club
The High School Robotics Club is year round with two seasons, a regular season and off-season. The off-season is from March through December with students meeting an average of four to six hours a week and two to three Saturdays a month. The regular season begins in January and ends in March. Students meet an average of 13 hours a week, primarily Saturdays and Sundays throughout the course of the regular season. Students are given six weeks to use coding, electrical knowledge, mechanical design, fab, and assembly to build a 125lb competition-ready robot. During the build season, students partake in one local scrimmage and one more during the off-season, if time permits, to ready their robots.
The high school team consists of 18 students with eight mentors. Team members have special subteams that focus on areas such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), Java Programming, Mechanics, Electrical, and Pneumatics. The high school robotics team of 2012-2013 won the FIRST Robotics Competition – AZ Regional Championship qualifying them for the National Competition in St. Louis. This was the team’s second year competing in the competition. Participation in such competitions is seen as a huge achievement by colleges.
Major Activities: FIRST Robotics Competition, AIA State Robotics Competition
Fundraisers: Corporate Donations
Additional Information: www.usfirst.org
: Contact club sponsor
Meeting Location: Off campus, contact club sponsor for details
Eligibility Requirements: None
Grade Levels: 9–12
Dues: $325.00 (cost of competition registration) + additional equipment required per subteam (i.e. laptop)