About Us

What is the CW Tech Team Anyway?

The CW Tech Team is part of the international FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) Program. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

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What does this mean to you?

FIRST Robotics makes students better employees, knowledgeable customers and productive citizens. As well as promoting the following values and skills:


 

  • Gracious Professionalism
  • Challenging
  • Fun
  • Cooperation
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Engineering
  • Interaction
  • Teamwork
  • Scheduling
  • Design
  • Confidence
  • Fabrication
  • Creativity
  • Priorities
  • Mechanics
  • Marketing
  • Selling
  • Charity
  • Community
  • And much more!

In depth…

The CW Tech Robotarians are a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team that began in the fall of 2008, consisting of high school students from northern Berrien County.

Every year, at the beginning of January, the FIRST Organization launches a completely new and challenging game. For the next 6 weeks, each of the 300+ Michigan (and over 2,500 international) teams, designs, constructs, and tests a robot to accomplish the numerous tasks comprising the game. During this period the students devote about 1300-1500 man-hours towards successful completion of the robot. Afterward, the team competes with about 40 other teams at 2 of 18 Michigan district events. Based on the results of these events, a state-wide for all the Michigan Teams is created. Those Teams winning an event, an event award, or ranking high enough on the state-wide rankings qualifies to go to the State Championship.

All of the expenses for the robot construction, travel, lodging, for the CW Tech Team are obtained by student-directed fundraising activities, such as local business donations, school vending machine sales, pancake breakfasts, and raffles. No direct funding comes from the member schools.

FIRST is an organization that promotes more than just building and competing with a robot. They also promote “gracious professionalism” by designing the competitions to reinforce inter-team cooperation. In addition, awards are given at each of the direct and State events for team community service activities, mentoring, and citizenship. Direct and National awards are also given for drafting/design, 3D animation, mentoring, and several others.

You will be seeing Robotarians around the area. Please help support this dynamic and motivated group of students!