St. Joe Robotics | SJR
Welcome to St. Joe Robotics, the premier robotics program encompassing all FIRST programs offered for St. Joseph Public Schools students. Located in the state-of-the-art Edward J. Todd Innovation Center at St. Joseph High School, we are proud to be home to 32 teams ranging from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, with over 275 students involved for the 2022-2023 Season. At St. Joe Robotics, our mission goes beyond building robots. We provide students of all ages with an exciting journey that fosters the development of essential skills, embraces core values, and nurtures a lifelong love for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Through teamwork, problem-solving, and innovation, we empower our students to become well-rounded individuals who embody gracious professionalism, respect, and integrity. Join us at St. Joe Robotics and experience the transformative power of hands-on learning, collaboration, and the boundless possibilities of robotics in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our program's growth has been remarkable since its inception in 2010, starting with our high school FRC team, Average Joes. We have expanded to include 20 FLL Explore Teams, 8 FLL Challenge Teams, 3 FTC Teams, and our esteemed FRC Team for the 2022-2023 season. As a testament to our achievements, we are proud to have been awarded the million-dollar Edward J. Todd Innovation Center, our dedicated space where all our teams come together to innovate and excel.
2023-24 FIRST Robotics Season: FIRST IN SHOW
Lights, camera, STEAM! Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) inspire big ideas, bold action – and creativity. Our skills make it possible to create art and experiences that bring us together, entertain us, and move us.
During the 2023-2024 FIRST season, FIRST® IN SHOW presented by Qualcomm, we’re shining a spotlight on the role STEM plays in the arts and empowering young people to design and build a world of endless possibilities. The future is a place you will create.
FRC | 9-12 | Average Joes
FRC, or FIRST Robotics Competition is for students in 9th to 12th Grade - known as Average Joes at SJPS. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.