Robotics at ECHS

Returning members of the high school robotics team – The Daedalus Project – will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays, now through Labor Day, in the old shop (off the back of HK8). We will meet from 3-5 PM on Mondays and 2:30 – 5 PM on Wednesdays.

After Labor Day, the entire team (and the new classes) will meet in our new facility in the Midway building. The fall semester schedule for the classes (and team meetings) will be Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:00 – 5:15 PM. The leadership team will meet on Wednesdays, from 2:30 – 3:00 PM.

American Heritage Charter Robotics

Vision and Mission

The vision of the American Heritage Charter Robotics Program is to stimulate intellectual curiosity, enhance critical-thinking abilities, build problem-solving skills, develop a love of science and technology, and foster a culture of excellence. It is the mission of the American Heritage Charter Robotics Program to provide a positive team experience through robotics and promote science and technology within the school and in the greater community. The team experience will allow students to develop communication, project management, and interactive skills, as well as build a sense of community and encourage dedication to a common goal.

Grades 9-12  FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), August – May

The high school robotics program participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Students who maintain a 2.5 or better GPA can join the team, starting in August. Membership on the team is a year-long commitment, with up to 16 hours per week of activity required in January and February, during the build season.

In 2016-17, the high school FRC team will be moving into its new shop in the Midway building on the ECHS campus. With the opening of the new shop, the high school robotics program will be expanding. For the 2016-17 school year, we will be offering elective credit for our new after-school robotics classes. The classes will be offered to newcomers as well as students with experience in the FTC and FRC robotics programs. All team members will be enrolled in the intermediate class. People who are new to robotics will be enrolled in the introductory course, and may be invited to join the competitive team during the build season (second semester). Students who successfully complete the coursework will receive five elective credits per semester.

Students on the FRC team will:

  • Design and build metal robots, in a metal shop setting, to perform tasks on a field,
  • Program the robot in JAVA
  • Work on the team website and produce videos and slideshows for the team,
  • participate in at least two regional tournaments, lasting 3 days each, and
  • possibly, move on to the World Championship Event in St. Louis

FRC Links

  • Official FRC website – CLICK HERE
  • 2017 FRC Game – coming soon

Parent Involvement

Our program runs on parent volunteers. The FRC team requires two parent coaches and several other parent volunteers. No previous experience is necessary, but it helps if you have worked in a shop environment, are handy with tools, or if you have a background in programming or web design. We will train and support our volunteers. All volunteers must be screened for TB, and the coaches must also pass a background check.

Handbook and Applications

Grades 9-12, 2016-17 Robotics Handbook – CLICK HERE

Grades 9-12, 2016-17 Robotics Application – CLICK HERE

Please turn in the signed application to Mr. Tarr or the front desk at ECHS as soon as possible. Team meetings and classes will start.after Labor Day


For more information, please contact David Tarr, Director of Robotics, at