The Aberhart Robotics Republic (ARR) is William Aberhart's First Robotics FTC team. The team spans all grades with many variations of skill levels. We look to emphasize the skills of each individual, whether that be programming, engineering, design, or photography. We will be competing in the First Tech Challenge with a competition robot we design and program. This is a place where students get to be challenged but also have fun! Each week we come together to share our love for all things tech and bond over the joy of building robots.
FTC stands for FIRST Tech Challenge. It is a competition designed for students in grades 7-12 and places them in head to head competition with one another. Teams are given a 10 week period to build the robot that they will compete with. The challenge is designed to engage kids in programming and mechanical thinking. The impact of involvement in first is well documented. First students are more involved in school and preferred by universities. However, the most important part of FIRST is being part of a team and community and bonding with likeminded students.
These robots are the fruits of our labor. They are a collaborative effort between all students of the club working together to create something meaningful and exciting.
Spack Jarrow might be the worst robot you've ever heard of but at least you've heard of him. He is a work in progress and is primarily used as a learning tool. He may be rough around the edges but he's beautiful on the inside. His programming is functional and fun as it plays the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song as it runs.
The VEX Robot is our second "official" robot, and is primarily used to challenge the competition robot during practices for the game. The VEX is equipped with a claw-like arm which gives it the ability to pick up and move objects with ease, and is also simple to maneuver. For us, it is like a club pet, and always brings us joy and laughter during meetings.
This is our official competition robot, and is the one that will be competiting in the FTC competition. We are currently in the stages of designing and rebuilding it so that it can complete the challenges outlined in this year's game. Some of it's capabilities will include pusing, picking up, and moving objects.