The Western Wiredcats are now competing for their fifth year in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Teammates come from an ethnically diverse background from all parts of the world, sharing ideas together with their common interest in engineering. Since there is only one team, it embraces and encourages all students to join and participate. The team currently has many members who work in four different fields: mechanical, software, electrical, and administration. Although members have experience in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition, only a handful have some experience in FRC. Given the team's tenacity and resilience, the inexperience will not hinder the team but instead will drive members to be limitless and Imagine the Impossible.
Ever since it's inception in the school year of 2012-2013, Western High School's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams have celebrated and embraced all races, ethnicity, and genders. In it's inaugural year, the robotics program only had one FTC team with seven members. Now, it has four teams with well over 60 members. Team 6322, The Wiredcats, is Western's first team, and won the League Championship in the 2019 Season. The Wiredcats Omega Team, 9110, is the second team established and went to States in 2019. The third team, 10022, celebrates women in STEM, and is called the Wiredcats Gen 3. Western's fourth team, 10366, encourages middle school students to participate in robotics. This team is called Wiredcats Future, as the members are the future of the Western High School robotics program.
The new FIRST Lego League program at Fox Trail Elementary is in it's rookie year. In this program, students grades 2nd-5th will use LEGO to build a competition robot and to learn about design and FIRST core values. The student-mentors from the WiredCats will help them along the way.
Brand new to the Wiredcats organziation, VEX Robotics will work as an introduction to the world of robotics. Mentored by the organization's veteran members, the VEX robotics team will be taught the princapals of engineering and will learn the interworkings of competition level robotics.