Join a team of high school students dedicated to furthering their STEM skills in the First Robotics Competition. With the 2023 season over, we will be looking for people with a passion for engineering, whether mechanical, electronic, media management or software to join us for the 2024 season starting in November this year.

If you have any questions regarding the program or the team contact us on 

2024 Season Coming Up!

Our 2023 season is now complete and the management team is preparing for an amazing 2024 season!

For students who are interested in joining us for the 2024 season we will be holding an information session on

15th of October at 3 PM

University of Sydney – J04 (Rose Street Building) enter from Maze Crescent – Google Maps

(Access from Maze Crescent due to construction on the Rose Street Carpark)

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form and we will keep you up to date

We hope to see you then!

Access To JO4, The Rose Street Building

What Happened In 2023?

  • Build Season started on 8 January 2023 with the kick off meeting in which the team reviewed the game for 2023
  • 8 weeks of intensive planning, design, prototyping, building and programming followed, ending with a great robot
  • Australian Southern Cross Regional competition was in Wollongong at the WIN Entertainment centre. It was comprised of three days:
    • Friday March 10: Practice day
    • Saturday March 11: Opening, Qualifying
    • Sunday March 12: Qualifying, Playoffs, Closing Ceremony and Awards
  • With our alliance of Koalified (6996) and Embers (7583), we did extremely well and placed 3rd overall.
  • The team also competed in the Dual Down Under (DDU) and was part of the winning alliance with Barker Redbacks (4613) and ARTEMIS (5876).
DDU Alliance Photo (Left to Right) ARTEMIS (5876), Barker Redbacks (4613) and The Drop Bears (4774)
Southern Cross Regional Alliance Photo (Left to Right) Koalified (6996), The Drop Bears (4774) and Embers (7583)

What We Do


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


Write code in Python allow the robot to complete all necessary tasks, including autonomous operation.


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


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


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


Engage and recruit high school students from across the Sydney region and manage team social media and sponsorship.

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

“A founding member of the team Ian has been an enthusiastic Drop Bear for almost a decade. Now a professional working in robotics he is excited to give back as a mentor to the next generation of students.”
ian thomas

Head Mentor, 2022 – present
“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.”

Head Mentor, 2019 – 2022
“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