Campus Robotics Teams

The Campus Robotics Team is an after school team for 7th and 8th graders that competes in the annual FIRST Lego League competitions.  Students interested in programming and robotics, but also who are passionate about working as a team, and developing attitudes right for success in life should apply.  Applications are due to Mr. Burnett (Room 213) or Ms. Gillilan (Room 202) or Ms. Smith (Room 203) in mid- to late February to apply for the following Fall season.  Students presently in 6th and 7th grades may apply. Click HERE for the Campus Robotics Team application .



FIRST Lego League

FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a program designed “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."  Each year the FLL competitions are different but highlight some aspect of emerging technologies.  In 2011, the challenge them was Food Factor, focusing on food safety and in 2012, the theme was Senior Solutions, focusing students on the challenges for our senior citizens.  The 2013 theme has yet to be announced.


FLL competitions involve three explicit components—a robot competition, technical design and a research presentation.  The robot competition involves student teams designing, building and programming a robot to score points by moving a variety of objects on a 4’x8’ play surface.  In a judged interview, students also explain the design of their robot. The research project aligns with the theme, and presentations that are best are smart, creative and polished.  Also, as part of the FLL competitions, judges will assess a team’s teamwork and understanding of FLL Core Values including their understanding of Gracious Professionalism. Visit here for more information on the FLL competitions.


The Campus Robotics Team, “The Gojos”

Being a member of the Campus Robotics Team is a unique opportunity to develop technical skills while also providing a real-life setting for learning how to work with others in a way that maximizes one’s inner potential, as well as the potential of those with whom one works.  While each of our four- or five-person crews competes as a distinct “team” in FLL competitions, we strive to think and operate as one CMS Team in terms of how we support and work with each other.


Robotics Team members need not have had any robotics experience.  However, Team members accepted to the club who have not taken Robotics Engineering I from Coach Burnett, will be enrolled in that elective class for 1st Quarter.


CMS Robotics Team members are required to pay a $65 activity fee.


Being a member of the CMS Robotics team is a commitment of time.  Those applying for the club should make careful note of the dates and times listed before applying (2013 dates and times to be determined).  In general, we meet on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:45, and a Saturday or two each month from 8:30-3:30.