Build Season Grind Time

When team members watch the sky grow dark from the library windows and become close friends with the third shift janitorial staff, there can only be one explanation: build season is in session!

That’s right, team 2603 has upgraded from sketches and training. In the zenith of prototypes and whiteboards of calculations, all hands are on deck. After the 2019 challenge release on January 5th, members have been pooling resources, ideas, and, of course, snacks, to come up with the best possible plan of action.

Not to say that obstacles haven’t compromised idealist attempts: physical limitations have occasionally been breached and weight limits exceeded, to name a few comeuppances. Nonetheless, we have come together to power through like a motor at full capacity to rethink, redesign, and remodel old trials, ultimately putting ourselves on track for a successful build season.

Yet, the progress of this robotics team couldn’t come without the generous support from our sponsors. A huge thank you from our team to all the individuals who make robotics here at Highland a FIRST priority for dedicated students.

Stay tuned for calendar raffle and build progress updates as we approach competition, ready to face the challenge head on.


Quade Mainzer


Our first week of build sessions is coming to an end, only five more weeks to go!! Our electrical team is doing some great work on this year’s frame (the base of our robot) and wiring our new wheels for competition! Hopefully these new wheels will make our robot much faster than last year, and we can move around the playing field more easily.


Today we had our first build session of the season, filled with brainstorming ideas for this year’s competition. We had several great ideas for our robot and have started making prototypes to compare ideas. We hope that our hard work will payoff at a successful competition.