Welcome to the website for the Westerville Wild Warbots (FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3591), the official robotics club for Westerville City Schools, located in Westerville, Ohio. Founded in 2010 we, like all FIRST teams, strive to promote teamwork, education, science, and technology for high school students through our work and competition.
Our team is made up of students from all three Westerville high schools: Central, North, and South. Together we use what we have learend about engineering, computer programming, electrical work, physics, business, marketing, and more to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. We create high-powered robots that shoot Frisbees, launch basketballs, climb pyramids, balance on platforms, and so much more. But perhaps the above video says it best.
On this site we will document our process as we prepare for the upcoming 2014 FIRST season as well as our team’s history. Visitors can learn more about our team, FIRST robotics, informational resources related to robotics, and more. We can’t wait for the build season to begin. However, it’s important to note that we can’t do this without the help of others. Our coaches, mentors, and sponsors make all of this possible and we thank them for their support.
We hope you will want to join our robot revolution. Check out the links below to learn more about our team and what we do.
- View photos and videos of our past competitions.
- Watch a video to learn more about FIRST.
- Visit the official FRC website.
- Are you a Westerville high school student and interested on being a member of the team? Email us.
- Interested in being a mentor? Email us to learn how you can get involved.
- Interested in being a sponsor? Email us to learn how you can support our team.
- Also visit us on our tumblr blog to see our most recent updates
A Typical Season
The Westerville Wild Warbots are involved year-round in various planning and outreach projects. But the most exciting time of year is the six weeks that we call our build season.
The season begins with the FRC kickoff, usually held the first Saturday in January. This is where the year’s robot challenge is revealed. For example, the 2013 challenge was called Ultimate Ascent. This is a big event that is broadcast on the Internet and teams also go to different locations where they can watch it live. Each year our team and others from the area gather at The Ohio State University to watch the challenge get unveiled and also pick up that year’s kit of parts.
From this point forward the team has six weeks to design, build, program, and test the robot so it will be ready to compete for the regional competition.
The first week mostly consists of the team deciding what the robot will be able to do and the development of strategies that will best fit the robot’s capabilities. Also during this week, every fine detail about the robots is designed and laid out using computer-aided-design (CAD). After the entire robot is designed and all of the goals for the robot set, the mechanical team begins to build the robot from the ground up, starting with the drive train and working their way up from there.
As the robot is being built, the electrical team place and wire all of the electrical components, like motors and sensors, onto the robot. At the same time the programming team learns and grows accustomed to the programming environment the robots uses and takes any chance given to test any code the robot will be able to use at that point of the building process.
Needless to say, no first design is perfect and during the six building weeks the team comes up with ideas that will be shared, tested, and implemented to fix any problems that will arise. The entire team works together and effectively communicates more than ever during this building process and as a result, every member learns about team work, leadership, and hard work.
These six weeks includes every member of the team into the process of building the robot and will help discover previously unknown skills as well as make every member grow within each other to form a team full of people who are committed and proud to belong to the Westerville Wild Warbots.