The CC Robotics Team competes in the high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). The season begins in the spring as new team members join for the upcoming season and begin training in all areas of the team. The team competes in off-season competitions. Camps are available for further in-depth training over the summer and the team often offers a camp for 6-8 grade students. When school starts in the fall training of new team members and off-season projects commence with the team meeting twice a week. The game and build season kicks off in early January and the team meets four times a week including Saturdays through mid-April culminating with two regular-season competitions in March/April. When the team qualifies, the state and world championships are held in April around spring break.
FIRST is a worldwide organization that teaches youth about STEM through robotics programs. Detroit Catholic Central High School began participating in FRC in the 2016 season. In its’ rookie season, CC Shambots Team 5907 won their very first district tournament, was a semi-finalist in their second district tournament and also was presented with the Rookie All Star Award. Based on the performance in these tournaments, the CC Shambots were invited to the state championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the state tournament, the team was awarded an invitation to the World Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Missouri to compete with the best teams in the world. In the 2017 competition season, the CC Shambots finished the elimination rounds at the Livonia tournament in first place and was an alliance captain. This year saw a return to the state tournament held in Saginaw, Michigan where the team was selected for the #1 ranked alliance.
The team has been invited to compete at the Michigan State Championships for four straight years: 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The 2020 and 2021 seasons did not see in-person competition.
Following fall training, team members complete subteam applications and are interviewed and chosen to one of six subteams which focus on mechanical, electrical, programming, business, awards and presentations and strategy/drive.