We are Fairview Robotics, a high school robotics team from Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. Our robotics team consists of a group of motivated students that have a passion for robotics and STEM. Our team participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which gives us the opportunity to express ourselves through STEM and robotics, something that we don’t typically get the opportunity to do. By participating in this competition, we provide an outlet to motivated students to pursue their interests in math, science, technology, and engineering.
Our rookie season was in 2007, and since then, we have grown to become a very successful team. In 2010, our team won the regional event and attended the World Championship in Atlanta. In the 2017 Denver regional competition, we won 6th place out of 50 teams that came from all across the United States. This year, we hope to compete at both the Denver and Utah regional competitions, as well as going to Nationals!
The great thing about how we structure our team is that it’s highly educational, completely student run, and fun for all of our team members. Inclusivity and diversity are hardwired into our team. The perceived difficulty of robotics can be very off-putting to an inexperienced individual, so we try to close this gap by offering training and creating an inclusive, fun, and creatively active environment.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology) Robotics is a national competition where high school teams build and program 120-pound robots from scratch during a six week period. This competition inspires young adults to pursue careers in engineering, computer science, mathematics, and many other STEM fields. It also gives its participants valuable, real-life leadership skills, communication skills, and self-confidence. By participating in FIRST Robotics, we hope to provide these opportunities to our students here on the team. For more information on FIRST Robotics, visit https://www.firstinspires.org/.
During the first semester, we meet every week after school on Wednesdays between 3:30-5:00 PM. However, for the six weeks of our season between January and February, we meet every day after school between 3:30-7:00 PM and on Saturdays from 10 AM - 4 PM. This is in order to build the robot to solve the challenges described by the annual FIRST competition announced at the beginning of January. While you will learn more as a dedicated member of the team, we understand that people have other commitments, and it’s not essential to come to every meeting during the build season.