About Us

Welcome to the online home of the South Philadelphia High School Rambots! We hope you will explore our website and learn more about the amazing robots and students we are developing here at South Philadelphia High School.

I joined the robotics team my 11th grade year and I had no idea what they wanted me to do or how they expected me to be able to do any they ask but after a short bit of time I seen that creating gear motors and such wasn’t that hard and also having great teammates makes everything easier over time and that everything we create will take lot of dedication and energy. I Love being a part of the RAMBOTS, GO RAMBOOGIE!!”

Introduction

The South Philadelphia High School Robotics Club, known to its members as the Rambots, is an opportunity for students to explore new technical areas and enjoy after school camaraderie.  Started in 2009, the goal of the Robotics Club is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related fields.  Since the program’s inception, the Rambots have participated in multiple technology tournaments including being volunteers for FIRST Lego League competitions, and entering in the 2010  BEST Robotics Tournament, the 2010 MATE Underwater ROV Competition, and the 2011 FIRST Robotics Tournament.

With some help from mentors in the field, teachers, and online resources, students are guided in the production of a robot.  This process not only ends with the creation of a robot, but also succeeds in increasing self-confidence, improving communication skills, improving leadership skills, as well as developing character.  Working with their peers and mentors, students gain experience in valuable social and technical skills. Professionalism and teamwork are lessons that are taught through experience.  It’s not just about building a robot, but making new friends and contacts  and being allowed to try out new ideas and new solutions to problems through hands-on trial and error. On top of the practical experience our members gain, they gain the ability to apply for FIRST grants and college scholarships which are valued at over $14 million in 2011. The efforts put in by our team members teach that hard work and determination have their rewards.  Our mission is to provide a direction for students:  a path that leads to friendship, school spirit, technical education, and a bright future after graduation from high school.

Team History

Though the Rambots’ history is short, we know we will  grow and endure over the coming years. The SPHS Rambots have been competing in robotics competitions for the better part of two years and were contacted by mentors from The Boeing Company, who offered a chance to start a FIRST Robotics Competition team.  Here is a quick timeline of the program at South Philly High School.

  • May 2010 – Competed in the MATE Pennsylvania Regional ROV Challenge in the Ranger Class at Villanova University
  • November 2010 – Competed in BEST Robotics Philadelphia Regional
  • December 2010 – Received Boeing Grant Funding to compete in 2011 FRC Competition
  • January 2011 – Attended Philadelphia Regional Kickoff at Upper Darby High School, Team 357 Royal Assault. Accepted invitation from Mount Saint Joseph Academy Firebirds, Team 433, for a brainstorming session
  • January-February 2011 – Designed and constructed the Rambot in the 6 week build season
  • March 2011 – Demonstrated Practice bot to school assembly
  • April 2011 – Competed in our first FRC regional event and won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Philadelphia Regional- qualified for the FIRST World Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri
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