Bravebots gears up for a big competition

Robotics team is working to complete the challenge and is ready to take on other schools.

Bailey Wolf, Reporter

One of the Bravebots past creations.

The robotics team (known as the Bravebots) allows Bishop Blanchet students to get hands-on STEM experience and compete against other schools with their own robotic creation. The team designs, builds, codes, and collaborates with each other and professionals who work in STEM fields. 

The team members main focus is being able to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which is happening at Glacier Peak High School from February 28th-March 1st. The team looks forward to entering their robot and competing against different schools in challenges. 

The FRC issues a different challenge every year that incorporates real-world issues. The Bravebots then have six weeks to create an industrial-size robot and program it to compete against other teams. The challenge has stringent rules, limited resources, and a strict time limit. 

The challenge is released to teams in January which opens the “build season”, which goes through February. This also starts the Bravebots official season. The team meets every  Tuesday and Thursday for two hours from September-December but once the challenge is released the team begins meeting for 4 hours every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The competition seasons start late February and lasts through April depending on how long teams advance.