Join a team of high school students dedicated to furthering their STEM skills in the First Robotics Competition. With the 2022 season in full swing, we are looking for people with a passion for engineering, whether mechanical, electronic or software to join us for the 2023 season starting in September this year.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the team contact us on enquiries@thedropbears.org.au 

For those interested in joining the team for the 2023 season register here. We will be recruiting again in August/September 2022 and will be in touch with you before then.

2022 Season

The Drop Bears win Championship round in Hawaii

Innovation in Controls award won

The Drop Bears alliance win the Hawaii Regional competition against the toughest opponent alliance as well as the Innovation in Controls award which celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions.

You can watch the games on TwitchTV and follow the scoring on The Blue Alliance

Silver in the Southern Cross Regional !

Innovation in Controls award won

The teams alliance finished in second place in the Southern Cross Regional with a stellar performance under a strong defence from the opposing alliance. In addition the team won the Innovation in Controls Award which celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components – electrical, mechanical or software – to provide unique machine functions.

Video from Saturday 12 March qualification matches on Twitch TV

Video from Sunday 13 March qualification and final matches on Twitch TV.

Full scores for the team are on the Blue Alliance – Southern Cross Regional 2022 page.

Macquarie University competitions

The team has been attending the two unofficial events hosted at Macquarie University over 2 weekends.

May 14, 15 2022     0730 – 1800 Saturday, 0800 – 1700 Sunday and May 28, 29 2022     0730 – 1800 Saturday, 0800 – 1700 Sunday.

The first event was a great success setting highest score at 129. However some upsets with the network system caused the team to drop to 6th rang only to recover back to second place. The final was a nail biting 2.5 minutes won 98 to 71 with the alliance partners team 4613 Barker, 4729 Dorado Bots and 6476 Super Nova Squad.

 

FIRST Australia - 2022 Season information

FIRST Australia provides regular updates on the 2022 seasons and events on the FIRST Robotics Competition web site.

2020/21 Season Robot & Competition

You can get more information on the 2020/2021 competition season on the Hungry Hippo page.

What We Do

Design

Design a robot and all included modules using online parametric 3D modelling platform Onshape

Program

Write code in Python allow the robot to complete all necessary tasks.

Build

Use engineering skills to construct and fabricate a robot that meets functional requirements.

Schedule

Design and manufacture a robot within a 6 to 8 weeks time frame.

Competition

Compete against up to 60 other teams, in both domestic and international competitions.

Outreach

Engage and recruit high school students from across the Sydney region.

“We’d love for you to join us on this journey.”

“The University of Sydney and The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is proud to have hosted The Drop Bears for the last 7 years. It's also personally gratifying to help students discover their passion for STEM subjects, and apply their passion in a way that goes beyond what they could do at school.”
Dr James Ward
Australian Centre for Field Robotics at The University of Sydney
Head Mentor, 2013 – 2019

“After 6 years of committed, passionate and successful leadership James has handed the role of head mentor over. I am proud to have been with the team for the last 7 years and look forward to guide and mentor the team into the future at The University of Sydney.”
ANDREAS HEINTZE

Head Mentor, 2019 – present