The year?  2004.  It was a sunny day (no surprise!), and Mark Dotterweich had the goal to expand Colorado with more FIRST teams.  Where to start?  How about Longmont, CO!  And thus, Team 1619 was formed.  We started at Silver Creek High School in James Meyer's technology room, with students from high schools throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District   His mantra was "Inspiration through participation," something we practice to this day.

In the fall of 2007, we moved to Stewart Jordison's Engineering Technology room at the Career Development Center.  This facility offers a variety of tools, including machining equipment, work areas, and computers workstations.  It is a great facility we very thankful for!

In the fall of 2015, we move into a 6000 sqf. facility.  This facility went from a concrete pad to fully furnished, including a CAD lab, software classroom, assembly room, machine shop, and a full-sized practice field (54' x 27').  Oh, and of course a kitchen to keep us well-nourished!

Since then, we have continued to grow in a variety ways, ranging from engineering and programming to leadership and outreach.  We have had students from Niwot, Silver Creek, Longmont, Skyline, Lyons, and Frederick.

Team Overview
Up-A-Creek Robotics is high school robotics team in the St. Vrain Valley School District.  We are a district-wide team, meaning we have students from Niwot High School in Niwot to Silver Creek High School in Longmont, among others.  We are centered around the FIRST Robotics Competition, providing students with a unique opportunity to work with professionals in the community on realistic engineering challenges… and have fun along the way!  Details at a glance:
  • Founded in 2004.
  • ~60 high school students from high schools throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District.
  • ~15 adult mentors.
  • Develop a completely new robot each year (typically ~5 feet tall and ~150 pounds).
  • Meet essentially year-round (including the summer), providing many opportunities for students to learn a variety of technical and professional skills, ranging from mechanism design to project management.
  • Students design robots with 3D design software, fabricate them with advanced CNC equipment, and write software to control the robots' functions.
  • Deal with real-world project constraints, including limited time, resources and budgets.
  • Participate throughout the community, including holiday food basket programs and city-wide events.
  • Have fun!  Check out our highlights video to experience it!

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