The Bearbotics Story
The Bearbotics robotics team (FIRST FRC team #4068) serves high-school students in the Lewis-Palmer School District in Monument, Colorado. It began when students Clark Pappas and Emily Ferdette proposed to the LPSD School Board in 2011 that a team be formed to participate in this top-tier STEM program, with all its opportunities for challenge, achievement and inspiration. Here's an overview of the continuing journey of the team and its accomplishments. And our thanks to the coaches, mentors, sponsors and parents who make this possible!
Top: all-team pic (FRC + FTC)
Mid: Finalist Alliance Captains at Arizona North
Bottom: at Colorado
2022: "Rapid React"
Overall 41 students (our 2nd largest team ever), including 3 new FTC teams we started to help rookies build skills more quickly. We set a new high of 26 rookie students! We set many new all-time highs and firsts in robot performance, and submitted a Chairman's Award document and video for the first time ever.
We finished our season as the #3 ranked team in Colorado, and in the Top 6% of teams in the World
(1) Arizona North
Captain of Alliance #3 (first time ever in this role)
Reach Finals and finish as FINALISTS
Set event high score (1st time ever)
#2 ranked most of Friday qualifications (new high ranking for the team)
Set event high score
First pick of Alliance #3 and make it to Semi-Finals (for the 5th event in a row of Semi-Finals or better)
Top: robot overview before Colorado
Mid: Upper Hub shots @ AZN
Bottom: Traversal hang with 1619 @ Colorado
Due to COVID19 restrictions, we don't have a team picture for 2021
2021: "Infinite Recharge at Home"
Even with COVID19 restrictions all season, we put in a full year. We significantly upgrade our 2020 robot and use it for this year's "virtual" competition, and design and start the build of a new improved robot. We welcome our largest rookie class ever (19), and develop new ways to help our team of 39 learn and grow.
Competitions: (1) "Carbon" (international) group
3rd in Group (missing 2nd by just 0.07%)
1st in robot autonomous ("AutoNav"), 2nd in human-driving ("Hyperdrive") and 3rd in target scoring ("Accuracy" + "Power Port")
Ranked in top 10% of Colorado, USA and World
2020: "Infinite Recharge"
We're now at 45 students (!), with the goal of competing with the top teams in Colorado. We build our best-scoring robot ever, which is 100% CAD-designed and CNC-fabricated, using more motors and a wider range of materials than ever before. But this is the year of COVID19, and immediately after the Utah tournament everything is cancelled....
Regionals: (1) Utah, (2) Colorado (cancelled)
(1) Utah: semi-finalist; first-ever team qualification to lead a play-off alliance!
2019: "Destination: Deep Space"
More team growth and a new strategy: let's take robot engineering and competitive performance to the next level. We build a tall, fast, tough, controllable robot -- and other teams take notice.
Events: (1) Colorado, (2) Utah and (3) Houston World Championship
(1) Colorado: CHAMPIONSHIP!
(2) Utah: RUNNERS-UP (aka "FINALIST")
(3) Participate in World Champs for the 1st time! Achieve a winning record against top teams!