Royal Oak Robotics is the group which contains all competitive robotic teams for the Royal Oak School District in Royal Oak, Michigan. This includes two high school FRC teams as well as multiple middle school FTC teams. The teams are open to any attending student in good standing at ROHS or ROMS. Royal Oak High School students participate in FRC & OCCRA league competitions while Royal Oak Middle School students participate in FTC league competitions.

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Two teams work together to design, build and drive robots for competition with specific goals, constraints, and behaviors prescribed each year by various robotics organizations.  The high school teams compete in two leagues (FRC & OCCRA). Team members may choose to participate in one or both.  Both coaches work together daily with students for six weeks prior to competition, strategizing, designing, building, testing and problem solving.


Our schedule varies throughout the year but we meet almost every Tuesday evening from 6pm – 8pm.  During the build seasons we meet much more often, a minimum of 3 days a week.


Royal Oak Middle School shop (2nd floor mezzanine)


  • Learn and apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge by designing, building, and testing a working robot.
  • Develop and practice team-based interaction.
  • Access to mentors and adult leaders who are professionals in business and engineering fields.
  • Access to college scholarships.
  • Internship possibilities.

Where to start

The best way to get involved or find out more about the team is to send an e-mail to coach@team1188.org or contact ROMS or ROHS main office at any time. You’re also welcome to come by the shop on Tuesdays.


The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Each year, teams of high school students compete to build robots weighing up to 120 pounds (54 kg), that can play in a game, which requires robots to complete tasks such as scoring balls or flying discs into goals inner tubes onto racks; hanging on bars; balancing on balance beams; etc. The game changes every year, keeping the excitement fresh and giving each team a more level playing field.

Level of involvement

During FRC build season, a student is expected to attend 2 weeknight meetings (choose from M-F 6pm-9pm) and every Saturday meeting (9am-12n).  A very active group, we design, fabricate, program, and debug an industrial scale robot in only 6 weeks. Students are expected to get their hands dirty with tools, and use their brains to think through mechanical, strategic, and electrical challenges.  All high school students are expected to read the thick and complicated FRC rules thoroughly and often, so that they not only understand how the competition works, but so that they might also come up with winning strategies to help the team.  Students practice behaving in and contributing to meetings like young adults.

The goal

Royal Oak Robotics Team’s goal is to transform culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for Science and Technology, as well as encourage more of today’s youth to become Scientists, Engineers, and Technologists. The team strives toward gracious professionalism while creating an environment where students grow as individuals. We strive to apply these goals every time we meet.