Advanced Robotics

CTE Advanced Robotics/STEM
Matthew Santambrogio: Rm. 34, 720-423-7167
Sara Andolsek: Rm. 107, 720-423-7000,

Credits: 5 per semester
Prerequisite: Acceptance into CCT Magnet and completion of Beginning Robotics coursework with a grade of C or better.
Grades: 10-12

In this dynamic technology class students get to work with Tetrix, BEST, Seaperch, and other robotics kits and components. Students continue programming with LabVIEW and Robot C, and gain understanding in project management for robot construction and operation.

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Mandatory Participation in the following competitions:
3 Saturdays: Kickoff (mid. September), Practice and Game Day (late October, two consecutive Saturdays),
Possible Regionals (mid December).
1 Saturday (late February)
Possible Nationals 3-4 days (late May/early June)
1 Saturday (late May)

*These dates are approximate and subject to change due to competition scheduling. Official dates will be posted as soon as they are made available.

CCTM Equipment Policy: Admittance to the Thomas Jefferson CCTM provides students with classroom supplies, resources, and materials available exclusively to CCTM students. The additional cost of this equipment requires students to demonstrate they are capable of using these materials in a safe, respectful, and correct manner that contributes to the betterment of the program. Any deliberate misuse of CCTM materials may result in one or more of the following consequences: withdrawal from any/all CCTM courses, fines/fees to repair/replace materials, suspension/expulsion, possible additional legal action.

Engineering Notebook. Students will maintain an electronic Engineering Notebook through the year, students will need a flashdrive.

$70 Lab Fee. The lab fee is for equipment used in our curriculum that is not covered by the district. The equipment includes but is not limited to: robotics building supplies, competition fees, camcorders, headphones, microphones, videotape, wiring, and overall computer maintenance. If any student cannot afford the lab fee, see Mr. Fornstrom, CCT department chair, for a waiver.

Fundraisers: Through the course of the year students will be required to participate in multiple fundraisers to offset the cost of competition travel and registration. fundraisers will include (but not be limited to) Snap-Raise, Jim-n-Nicks, Twilight Track Meet, and more. Participation in these fundraisers is crucial to the development and sustainability of the program.

Much work will be done in the robotics lab, but it is necessary for you to bring school supplies (writing utensils, notebook, etc) with you every day.

Student Expectations:
Students are expected to be a successful part of the CCT program. Students must be in class and on time every day. Work missed because of excused absences can be made up according to school policy, late work will not be tolerated nor accepted for credit. Robotics competitions (as in life) have deadlines, missed deadlines result in missing competitions. Due to the intensive nature of this course, students can expect to spend some time after school working in the robotics lab, particularly as competitions draw near.

Course Robot Build Overview:
Unit 1: Shop Safety
Unit 2: Best Competition
Unit 3: Soldering
Unit 4: Seaperch
Unit 5: Independent Robotics Project
  • Build schedule is subject to change due to changes in robotics technology and addition and subtraction of robotics challenges.

During the school year, students in the Robotics class will have the opportunity to participate in the BEST and SEAPERCH robotics competitions. We encourage students and parents to familiarize themselves with these competitions at the following websites:

Office Hours:
Due to the nature of this program, we highly encourage students to come in during office hours on Wednesdays since they cannot do lab work at home. Please see TJ student planner and listen to announcements for details about office hours.

Instructors will follow school policies for attendance, tardies, grades and electronic devices.