The robotics club is a continuation of the Advanced Robotics class providing time for students to have additional hours to work on their robot designs that were developed during class with their teammates. Collaboratively, the students in Advanced Robotics design, build, program, and compete in the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) which is an international competition with more than 72 countries competing annually. At the beginning of September, FTC announces the new game and requirements for that year's challenge. The Advanced Robotics students then get to work right away to create a robot that will compete regionally (NW New Jersey) and, with some hard work, also have a shot at competing at the NJ State Championships and the World Championship.
Competitions are held on the weekends and typically are from 8am-5pm. The FTC organization does limit how many students can compete on each team so additional slots for members not enrolled in Advanced Robotics are available on a year to year basis depending on enrollment. The club portion meets during lunch 2-3 days a week and after school twice a week.
Chatham Robotics has advanced to the World Championship twice and were also Top Ten Global Finalist in the FTC Innovation Challenge, which was a virtual STEM competition developed during hybrid/virtual learning.