The Broncobots are constructing a robot to compete in some of the largest state competitions as well as Las Vegas, and they have some of the largest membership to date. They most recently competed at the FRC competition on Oct. 28, and they were invited to compete at the state championship.
“During COVID we lost a lot of people, and there weren’t as many students to transition the skills down. This year we learned a lot, and we began to compete at that high level of robotics again,” said Sameer Godbole ’23.
The team also works with 30 Loyola students to create robots for its competitions. The Broncobots have enough members to compete in four separate divisions around the state, and they expect to compete in a larger regional competition in Las Vegas in April.
Josh Murar ’26 working on a mobile robotic arm for the team’s upcoming competition. He is building a claw that can be driven around to pick up objects in competitions
Sameer Godbole ’23 checking over the first test of a frisbee-launching robot. The robot picks up small yellow frisbees from the floor and flings them into chain nets for points.
Students discuss the best design for their robot. Its goal is to pick up objects off the floor and maneuver around a course to place them in different areas.
Ming Yang ’25 putting the final touches on the robot for the next state competition. This robot, as well as the three other small metal robots, will all be competing in an upcoming competition to take home points for the team.
Students prepare a robotic launcher for its first test in the arena. This robot picks up objects off the ground and launches them into goals.
Students disassemble robots from past competitions in a room with their medals and trophies in the Innovation Commons. This room houses parts of the past robots as well as the Brophy t-shirt cannon robot.
Club supervisors Mr. Kevin Elinski and Mr. Andy Mazzolini oversaw students launching t-shirts into the crowd at the homecoming game. The robotics team made a mobile t-shirt cannon for rallies and games on campus.
The Broncobots took home a trophy after their first big competition of the year. The team competed in an FRC competition on Oct. 28 taking home some medals for their success.