students competing in robotics challengeCatlin Gabel's robotics program involves students with real-world engineering, computer science, design, math, and applied physics. The team and project-management skills learned here last a lifetime. Robotics starts in Middle School and continues through Upper School.

Participants in both the Middle School and Upper School programs design robots for entry in FIRST robotics competitions. Middle School participation is not required before joining the Upper School program.

For information and questions, please email Dale Yocum, Engineering Program Director,

LEGO Robotics

Spring Robotics

Start out by completing the self-paced introduction to programming in the graphical EV-3 language. After that, the sky's the limit. Come up with your own ideas for Lego robotic projects or pick one from our list. How about a robot that can draw? One that can beat other robots in Sumo wrestling? Soccer with Bluetooth radio? A Lego vending machine or monorail? Students should come with the idea they want to learn about engineering and programming, it's not a Lego free-for-all. No experience required.

Spring Robotics starts Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 in the Outback building on campus (behind the gym) and continues to June 10th, 2019. Space is limited and Registration is required. The fee for Spring Robotics is $250 which enables students to come up to twice a week 3:15-5:00pm Monday-Thursday on days school is in session.

These sessions are led by Dale Yocum, Engineering Program Director at Catlin Gabel School. Register For Spring Robotics Here

Upper School Robotics

Upper School robotics starts near the beginning of the school year with our fall competition, BunnyBots, to learn the skills needed for competitions in January. Students then have six intense weeks to create a robot for entry in the nationwide FIRST robotics competition. Along the way, sub-teams get involved in mechanical, software, and electronics design and fabrication, website development, animation, computer-aided design, video production, marketing, graphic design, and public relations. The 130-pound robots are built from scratch using aluminum, steel, electronics, and pneumatics. They are programmed in Java. In many ways, the Upper School robotics program operates like a small company with students leading various departments. For MUCH more information about the Upper School robotics program visit the student-designed Upper School robotics website.

Important Links

EV3 Tutorial we use in all our classes.

Oregon FIRST Organizers (ORTOP)

FIRST National Organization

Championship Catlin Gabel Upper School Robotics Team

Robotics Tutorials

All of the tutorials we use in our classes were created by our very own Dale Yocum and can be found at

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