We are the 4-H Cloverbots, a high school robotics team that welcomes students from all across Clark County Washington. Our team is student-led and focuses on allowing members the ability to grow as leaders in both technical and business disciplines.
Our team meets year-round to design, build, program, and test a unique robot in order to compete in each year’s competition season hosted by FIRST Robotics, an international education organization. Students on our team have the opportunity to learn valuable technical skills such as fabrication, CADD modeling, and programming. Because we are “more than robots,” those technical skills are paired with important communication and business practices that will help any student hoping to enter a technical field.
Here are some of the opportunities we provide and things we do throughout the season.
A huge part of our design process is our CAD (Computer-aided design and Drafting) team. By using the latest industry standard software, we create CAD models of our robot. All of the students that work on the CAD team graduate with a basic understanding of how to use software to speed up the design process and make better engineering decisions.
To be able to compete every year we have to program our robot. We are currently using C++ to write our code. All the students on our programming team learn how to create lines of code and see the result in our robot.
After the game is released, we have to find the most profitable strategy. Every team member learns how to analyze data and make decisions based on how the game is set up.
This is where students get hands-on experience by building the robot. By taking the strategy and CAD models, the students construct a robot that best fits that strategy.
Business is esentially the backbone of our team. The business team talks with potential sponsors, makes sure our brand stays professional, keeps up with social media, and makes sure we have the necessary funds for every season. From this experience, students learn what makes a business and how to keep things running.
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