FIRST Robotics
FIRST Robotics


This is the page for HUHS' Robotics Team 1091 - Oriole Assault. We are currently in our 10th year competing in the FRC program and are always open to newcomers. You can check our calendar for information on when we meet. Most of our meetings are in room 182 at HUHS (in the Tech Ed wing) so if you're interested stop by or send an email to

Main Website

Our website containing our most up to date content can be found at

How to Join

To join the team please send us an email at answering the following questions:

  • Are you looking to be a student or mentor?
  • If you're looking to be a student, what school do you currently attend?
  • Where/When can we contact you?


The FIRST©  Program is a program made to inspire young people to want to go into science or technology fields and help others get a positive attitude about technology and science. First offers many different programs like FIRST© Robotics Competition, FIRST©  Tech Challenge, and FIRST©  Lego League. FIRST©  began in 1992 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway,  with only 28 teams and now is extended to about 150,000 or more students. There is a long, fun and educational history to the FIRST©  program. Every year the FIRST©  Robotics Competition comes out with a new challenge which is announced on the first full week of January. The teams then have six weeks to design, build, and test a robot  capable of completing the challenge that is announced. After the regional meets then the top teams go on to national events to compete against the top teams  from the regional events.

In addition to robot competitions there are also awards that extend the FIRST©  program beyond competition and into other skills that also benefit students in a "Real World" career. Some examples are the "Chairman's Award", the "Web Design Award", and the "Woodie Flowers Award".

The "Chairman's Award" is the highest award that can be given to any team, and  reminds people that FIRST© isn´t just about robots. Since it is the highest  award there are a lot of requirements that go along with it, some are writing an essay of about 1,500 words, a DVD about the team, and other pieces of writing about how the  FIRST© mission has affected the team. 

The "Woodie Flowers Award" is an award that is given to a mentor that a team chooses to nominate. Then the team must write a paper on why they chose that member and how that mentor is an important part of the team. These papers are then submitted to FIRST© who then read the papers and give the award to the mentor that they see best fit for the award. Lastly there is the "Website Award" which is based on the teams website and on how they use the website and how the team presents itself and FIRST©. Also the websites are evaluated on how they are useful for the team and how well they are available for other teams to utilize. The website award also is to also teach students on the growing importance of creating a professional website. 

In all FIRST© isn't just all robots, but is also is there to prepare students for a future career in a science or technology field, or even other career fields. The "Chairmans Award", "Woodie Flowers Award", and the "Website Award" are pretty good examples of the FIRST© program reaching beyond just robotics.

About the Team

Team 1091 was started in 2002-03 by a TAP communications teacher. A student got her interested in the FIRST Robotics program. Since then, we have competed in 9 FIRST Robotics Challenges with the aid of mentors in various fields, such as tool and die, design and engineering, and programming. Although the team has been through many struggles, we always overcome the challenges through hard work and working together as a team. We have been known as a "Never Say Die" team by some of the past chairman's judges. Our proud team has several alumni that have gone into different engineering fields, such as Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering, Game Design, Agriculture, Automotive, T.V. and Video Production and even The Armed Forces. The schools that many alumni of team 1091 attend are MSOE, UW Platteville, UW Madison, UW Oshkosh, Purdue University, Alverno College, and Michigan Tech. Also, several former students have returned to the team to mentor.

We are very proud of one of our alumni that has gone on to become the vice president of the Purdue FIRST Team, displaying the "Gracious Professionalism" that FIRST is all about. Not only do we compete in FRC events, but we have been reaching out into the community, to interest young minds and get them involved with FIRST. We have started two FLL (FIRST Lego League) teams, called Oriole Lite and Erin Energy Force, at Erin School in 2010 and help mentor the teams. Also, there are three junior FLL teams ranging from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Team 1091 has been competing for 9 years, and plan to continue for years to come. We hope that we continue to inspire young students, encouraging them to join the HUHS Robotics Team 1091 when they enter high school. With our cooperative skills, broad talents, and innovative minds team 1091 will continue to expand.


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