First Robotics Competition

FRC Robot

General Description

Orange Dynamite (team 2583), our FRC (First Robotics Competition) team at Westwood Robotics, is open to all students. We've participated in FRC since 2008, and have gone from working in a cramped garage to having our own workshop and class in Westwood High School. In the offseason, we host several local robotics tournaments at our high school such as FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions, as well as teaching engineering and Lego Robotics at elementary and middle schools around Round Rock ISD.

Game Structure

At the start of each season, our team will be given a standard “kit of parts” and a set of rules to play a field game (with limited time). As FRC teams, we work during a six-week period to build a robot capable of competing in that season's game. Usually during the game, robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, placing inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. While we are given a standard set of parts, we are also allowed a budget and are encouraged to buy or make specialized parts. Click here to learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Team Structure

As Orange Dynamite members, you are encouraged to do whatever interests you the most. Our sub-teams include:

  • Build & Design – Does the actual building of the robot.
  • Programming – Programs the robot (in Java), will have the opportunity to work and learn about PID and vision processing
  • Computer Automated Design (CAD) – Collaborates with other members to CAD the robot. Learns how to work with CAD Programs such as OnShape.
  • Electrical – Works with electronics that are on the robot
  • Corporate Marketing – Presents to corporations and organizations for funding, applies for grants
  • Chairman's Team – Works on the Chairman's Presentation for a chance to win the Chairman's Award at our competitions
  • Outreach Team – Organizes outreach events and FLL/FTC Competitions that are held at Westwood Team
  • Dues for the team are $175.