Team Picture

The purpose of Jaguar Robotics is to provide team members the opportunity to collaborate with their peers while placing an emphasis on applying skills related to engineering, mechanical, electrical, precision machining, management, marketing, programming, and general employability skills. Additionally, the team hopes to foster the required foundations needed for members to excel in future STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers and in society as a whole. Ultimately, this will provide business/industry with productive and profitable human resources. 

Jaguar Robotics is open to all students enrolled at Fort Zumwalt West High School. The team meets regularly after school in preparation for Competitions.


Departments

Our team is split up into five divisions which serve different purposes and allow for flexible work. This emulates a work environment which teaches team members essential skills, preparing them for future job opportunities.

The Machining Department cuts and drills the aluminum and plastic parts used on the robot. Some parts require precision of up to ±0.001″. We also use a variety of machines including a CNC (Computer Numerical Control), milling machine (allows for more precise machining), manual lathes, and mills.

The Management Department ensures everyone is on task and writes the Documentation. They also keep track of what’s done at meetings, and make sure that all deadlines are met for competition.

The Marketing Department finds potential local sponsors for our team and organizes fundraisers. They also keep track of the funds, orders, and part inventory. Managing the website and social media pages is an additional responsibility of the department.

The Electrical Department researches and learns about Electrical work from our Department Head and our Mentors. This is all done outside school hours, as we don’t have an electrical class. This team manages the ordering, electrical design and building of the bot electrical systems. They also continually test and refine our electrical systems.

The Design Department create 3D models of our bot. Using simulations in software such as SolidWorks and AutoCAD, this team runs tests on all aspects of the bot. The completed models are then used to create our bot.


Team History

Our team started in the year 2016 under the head of William Fitzpatrick, the FZW Industrial Tech Teacher. That year was filled with a lot of difficulty, as we had to prepare the foundations for all future teams, such as planning out our documentation, determining our team divisions and the team leadership structure. In future years, we gained experience and built our own bots to take to competitions, improving them each year.

The 2019-2020 season competition was canceled due to Covid-19 so we worked on our bot for future years. The bot we made improvements on was Palminator; we improved upon lots of things in Palminator later renaming it to Sabertooth.

Initially, our team struggled with a lack of experience in electrical systems. We were fortunate to have student leaders who spent countless hours learning how to make the bots’ electrical systems function. In 2020-2021 season, we gained a mentor from Boeing, Mike Moore. Mr. Moore brought an extensive knowledge of electrical systems, but more than that, he was careful to make sure that he taught us all of the ins and outs of electrical systems and insisted that the students do all the work so they could learn. The other mentors we had were Josh Mroczkowski, Heather Mudd, and Micah. Josh guided us in setting up Trello for our time management. Heather walked us through how to use proper grammar and be more professional in our writing. Micah is a Mitler Brothers Engineer who helped us with input on mechanical, design, and drafting.


Our Bots

Name: The Palminator (2017-18)

Information

  • First Bot
  • Two wheel drive
  • Box Shaped
  • Vertical Drum Spinner

Rewards/Placement: First place BotsSTL 2018 documentation

Name: Sabertooth v1 (2020-21)

Information

  • Improvement off Palminator
  • Two Wheel drive
  • Box Shaped
  • Vertical Drum Spinner

Improvements/Changes

  • New wedges
  • Lighter-weight wheels
  • Electrical system heavily improved
  • Slimmer build
  • Removed holes in weapon

Rewards/Placement:

  • Ninth place BotsKC 2021 Competition


Name:
Sabertooth v2 (2021-22)

Information

  • Improvement off Sabertooth v1
  • Two Wheel drive
  • Box Shaped
  • Vertical Drum Spinner

Improvements/Changes

  • Partial redesign of side plates and wedges
  • New Weapon Design

Rewards/Placement:

  • 2nd place BotsKC 2022 Competition
  • Competing in NRL 2022 National Championships

Name: Blitz (2021-22)

Information

  • Complete redesign of previous years
  • Wheels inside the bot
  • Vertical Drum Spinner
  • Two Wheel Drive

Improvements/Changes

  • Larger wedges
  • Brushless System
  • New Weapon Design
  • Smaller Wheels

Rewards/Placement:

  • Grand Champion KCBots 2022
  • 1st place in KCBots 2022 Competition
  • Best Engineering Documentation Award
  • Competing in NRL 2022 National Championships