CC robotics includes teams competing in two different types of competitive robotics: FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and Vex Robotics Competition. For both teams, the build season begins when school starts in the fall and goes through spring. The world robotics competitions for both teams occur in April. In the 2017-2018 school year, there are currently approximately 60 students competing for CC in robotics, including ten St. Catherine of Siena Academy students who are preparing to start a team at their school for the 2018-2019 year.
FIRST is a worldwide organization that teaches youth about STEM through robotics programs. Detroit Catholic Central High School began participating in the high school FRC (First Robotics Competition) 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 2017-2018 team includes 31 team members who all compete on one team with this “big” robot. Following fall training, team members complete subteam applications and are interviewed and chosen to one of six subteams which focus on mechanical, electrical, programming, management, awards and presentations and team strategy/drive.
In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April.
– Standard Matches: Two alliances of two teams each playing against each other
– Robot Skills Challenge: One robot & driver playing alone against the clock
– Programming Skills Challenge: One robot using sensors to run autonomously
– Online Challenges: Unique contests using CAD, animation, essays, and more
– More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries playing in over 750 tournaments
The CC Shambots Vex Robotics team consists of three smaller teams of 3-4 students with each team designing, building and programming their own robot from the Vex kit. In 2018-2019, there are 13 students competing for the CC Vex Shambots. Thus, CC fields 3 robot teams at each local tournament and one or more of the teams can qualify for the state and world competitions, held in East Lansing and Louisville, Kentucky. In 2017, the 2030A CC Shambots Vex team won the Excellence Award at both the State and World Vex Robotics Competitions.