We are the Black Knights, a team at Fairview High School in BVSD. We are centered around the FIRST Robotics Competition, providing to motivated students an outlet 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!
Our team consists of approximately 25 or more dedicated and motivated students each year between the ages of 13-18 who have an interest in STEM related fields. These students are given the opportunity to obtain valuable skills in these STEM fields. While on the team, students work alongside dedicated mentors and senior members, who are able to help guide and teach these students. Every year, we compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, and are always looking to win every year.
FIRST Robotics (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to helping educate students by having students build STEM skills, confidence, teamwork, public speaking skills, and making connections with professionals. Their vision, similar to ours, is to inspire students’ interest and participation in science and technology. Every year, they come out with a new challenge where each team has 6 weeks to build a fully functioning robot capable of handling the tasks given by FIRST. This robot then competes in regional and national levels, going head-to-head with other robots from across the country.
We design, create and test a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Our past robots have been able to shoot frisbees, climb pyramids, toss basketballs, and balance on bridges! All of this takes a lot of work: our team members focus on aspects of electric engineering, programming, mechanical testing, fundraising and web design. It is not necessary to have previous technical knowledge. We guarantee you'll learn something and contribute to the team!
At the beginning of the school year, we meet once a week. However, during the build season beginning in January, we meet up to six times a week. We compete at regional events like the Denver regional, and are hoping to get to the World Championship this season!