Bearbotics is designed to be the highest-impact extracurricular STEM activity for LPSD/D38 high school students. The objective is STEM enrichment and achievement, with a special focus on engineering. Each year's program is run like a large project with related opportunities to grow skills in leadership, teamwork, project management, machining and fabrication, fundraising, communication and community outreach. This program is excellent real-world experience to help prepare for the next stage in each student's path -- whether that be college, a skilled trade or another STEM-oriented path.
Bearbotics builds competitive robots: large, powerful, complex machines to play challenging games that change each year. These robots are college-level engineering projects, designed and built using the latest components, tools, techniques and materials. The senior program (Bearbotics #4068) participates in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (aka "FRC"), an international competition described as a "varsity sport for the mind" and "the hardest fun you will ever have". Students are often surprised by the challenges and opportunities in this engineering-inspired program, but with commitment and perseverance all can grow their skills significantly. Our "Mission & Vision" describes our goals for Bearbotics and its programs.
FRC (team #4068): this is the top-level most-challenging extracurricular engineering program for D38 students. It's provided for experienced students in grades 11 - 12 who seek to invest time and effort to maximize their engineering, teamwork and leadership skills.
FTC (3 teams): for high school students (usually in grades 9 - 10) to help "rookie" students build important fundamental robotics skills faster. If you're not sure you want to jump right in to the challenge and demands of FRC robotics, consider FTC as a great way to get involved.
FLL Challenge (3 teams at the middle school level, plus 3 teams for Bear Creek Elementary students): Middle School teams start in 2023, and will be fully equipped with the latest kit and technology.
We also like to hear from adults who are interested in volunteering, mentoring or sponsoring Bearbotics!
If you want to learn more and get invites to upcoming info-sharing meetings, or to express interest in any of the above programs, please fill out this simple quick Contact Form (only Bearbotics will use your contact info)