Robotics

Larkspur Robotics Team

Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League releases a new Challenge for teams that focuses on a scientific topic. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the FIRST Core Values:

Innovation Project
Teams are challenged to learn more about the science behind the real-world Challenge theme, then use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve the problem.

Robot Game
Teams are required to build and program an autonomous (no remote control) LEGO robot that can perform theme-based “mission” tasks on a table-top playing field. The missions require the robot to navigate, capture, transport, or deliver objects. The more missions completed, the more points teams earn.

Core Values
While teams work on the Innovation Project and Robot Game, they are guided by the FIRST Core Values. This set of values is what makes our program so special. Teams are encouraged to compete like crazy but still respect their teammates, coaches, and even help their “competitors.”  Our most important Core Value is “Have FUN!”

At the Larkspur Robotics Club, we practice the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism  and Coopertition (yes that is spelled right: cooperation + competition=coopertition) through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!


Our teams, spends about eleven (11) weeks preparing for the tournament. We meet twice a week, Tuesday/Wednesday mornings, from 7:50-8:50, in the Fall, and compete November 16th, in Colorado Springs. Please contact Mrs. Dietz or Mr. Forbes for more information or if you would like to join.