Season 6: 2022

The 2022 season was a blast, we built a robot that could climb monkey bars and shoot a ball into a hoop. We competed in Chicago’s Midwest Regional and then in Peoria.

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Season 8: 2024.

This year we need to build a robot that can place and/or, shoot a foam ring into two different openings, one just slightly higher than the robot, and the other several feet off the floor. The final task will be to grab onto a chain and lift itself off the floor.

Fulfilling the dream

Eight years ago Sterling High School began the Golden Bots robotics team in hopes of bringing those with a love for technology and science together. The group began with only a screwdriver and around 13 people but has since grown into a team of roughly 25 students.

For years Sterling schools have been incorporating STEM into the classroom with new courses trying to get students interested in technology. SHS Golden Bots incorporated this passion outside of the classroom and formed a team of students that began by competing in the 2017 season of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, while also building self-esteem, life skills, and community awareness.

Golden Bots – 2024
Our robot with our team number – 6651

Golden Bots in the community

Since 2018 Golden Bots have been visiting Elementary and Middle Schools as a way of promoting STEM related activities. This interaction with students has created a community interest to join STEM centered projects. With our inspiration and support the middle school has started building robots in their STEM classes. These students will develop their skills and become Golden Bots in the future. 

In the summer our team concentrates on fund raising and building small projects. The students learn about motors, pneumatics, electrical wiring, drive systems, programming, and the tools needed to create a robot. They also learn how to speak publicly through the fund raising contacts, and from speaking about the team at school and community events.

Besides building robots, our students learn CAD, computer programming, and business administration. The team includes students with interests in art and design, as well as electrical and mechanical engineering.


How are the Golden Bots Unique?

Supporting the Sterling Golden Bots is a chance for your company to provide support for students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We also have students that work on web design, fund raising, photography, and computer programming.

We are an excellent means through which you can give back to your community and support the future of your business by investing in today’s students.

The team designing

Next competition…

We are getting ready for season 8 (2024). The Kick Off was January 6th! We are now working on the design for our robot.