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Welcome to the website of the Seton Catholic Central Robotics Club! The Robotics Club was started by Mrs. Diana Simpson. We meet in Room 210, next to the art room every Monday from 3 pm to 5 pm, and we are always accepting new members

We participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge, during which teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. For more information about the FIRST Tech Challenge, click here.

We also compete in the SUNY Broome Robotics Competition, a local competition held by SUNY Broome in which we use both LEGOS and metal parts to build robots that compete against local high schools.


We are part of the First Tech Challenge NY Excelsior Region. Our team is registered for the following events this season:

*Note: All NY Excelsior Region Events are remote this year*

NY Excelsior Region Qualifying Tournaments:

    • April 18 – 24, 2021
    • May 2 – 8, 2021

A qualifying tournament is hosted and managed by a FIRST Tech Challenge program delivery partner or a program delivery partner appointed host. The number of teams advancing to the state/regional championship tournament depends on the capacity of the state/regional championship tournament, the number of qualifying tournaments, and the number of teams attending the qualifying tournament. If a team wins a qualifying tournament, they would advance to the NY Excelsior Region Championship.

NY Excelsior Regional Championship Tournament:

    • May 30 – June 5, 2021

A championship tournament is hosted and managed by a FIRST Tech Challenge program delivery partner. Championship tournaments uphold certain standards in format, judging, awards, and overall quality. Championship tournaments may include teams from a geographic region, province, state, country, or several countries. Teams should expect a higher level of competition, both on the field and in the judging room at championship tournaments. If a team wins a championship tournament, they would advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championships in Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan.

Each event has a week-long submission window during which there is an interview with the judges, and six matches. The results are sent to Mohawk Community College, the FIRST Tech Challenge program delivery partner for the NY Excelsior region.  You can find more information about them here.


Coach Diana Simpson – Head Coach

Coach Simpson started coaching Robotics when a group of Freshmen asked about the FIRST Tech Challenge competition many years ago. That group has long since graduated, but our Robotics team continues with new members each year. Interactions with the students outside of the normal classroom are fun and bringing the joy of science and the ability to “think outside of the box” makes it all worthwhile. In her other life, she teaches high school and college Chemistry, Environmental and Engineering courses.

Coach Nate Rogers – Programming and Construction Coach

Coach Rogers has been involved with Seton Robotics for the past six years. He has helped to create dozens of robots for FTC competitions and other local robotics competitions. He enjoys teaching, building robots, problem-solving, and teaching young engineers how to “think outside of the box”. By day he is a senior software engineer and consultant working for companies ranging from the gaming world to the medical industry.