Welcome to the Home of FRC Team 4203, RoboKronos
We are Otsego 4-H FIRST Robotics Team 4203, better known as RoboKronos, the Titans of Technology. We formed in late 2011, and are the founding high school STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology and Math) team in Otsego County, NY. We are 19 high school students guided by Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H, the international non-profit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and volunteer professional mentors.
Our robot appears at community, educational, and charity events throughout the year, and we host a popular LEGO summer camp for middle-schoolers. Join us!
2015 Regional Gracious Professionalism Award Winner
We made it to the semifinals and won the regional FIRST Gracious Professionalism Award at the NY Tech Valley FIRST regional robotics competition at RPI in Troy, NY March 19-21.
Thanks to FRC Teams 303 and 2282, for picking us to join their #1-seed alliance. What an incredible competition! And thanks to our mentors and families, and to CCE 4-H, the Oneonta School District, and all our sponsors.
2014 NY Tech Valley Imagery Award & Dean's List Finalist Winner
In March 2014 at the inaugural FIRST Tech Valley Robotics Regional at RPI in Troy, NY, our team won a regional Imagery Award, for murals depicting the team's titan namesake, Kronos, and Greek warrior mascot costumes and robot chariot. Team captain Chase Thomas was named a Dean's List Finalist, sending him to the FIRST World Robotics Competition in St. Louis in April 2014 to represent our team, school, city, state and region. RoboKronos was also made the final round at the NY Tech Valley "Robot Rumble" in Ballston Spa, NY in October 2014.
2012 Finger Lakes Regional Rookie All-Star Team
In 2012, our team won the Rookie All-Star Award the Finger Lakes FIRST Regional at RIT in Rochester, NY, sending us to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO. What a great experience!
Community Events and Summer LEGO Camp
RoboKronos appears at more than 20 community, educational and charity events a year, including the annual CanStruction Food Donation Project at Southside Mall in Oneonta, NY each April. Sculptures are created of collected food cans, put on display, then donated to area food banks.
The team also runs a popular summer LEGO camp for middle-schoolers the third of each July, in Oneonta. The one-week day camp takes place at the former Center Street School in Oneonta, and costs $100 per camper. Last summer, our campers' creations won 1st place at the New York State Fair.
Oneonta, NY has declared February 5 "RoboKronos Day" in our city in honor of our team, issuing a Proclamation in our honor.
The team has also honored City Hall for its support. Thank you, City of Oneonta!
Join the Team: We welcome new team members in most disciplines. We are looking for programmers, electricians, CAD specialists, designers, welders, artists, leaders, writers, marketers, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, etc. Everyone can contribute. Download the Team4203Application.pdf and other forms.
More info about the team is in our Handbook.
Member renewals are due April 10. New members may apply until the last Friday in September. Learn more on our About Page.
ISD Donates Use of Laptop Through 2015 Season
Donations for 2015-16 Season
|$3,600 raised so far of $15,000 needed for season.|
RoboKronos in the News
FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and portable diabetes pump, among other innovations. FIRST hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition, called "The Varsity Sport for the Mind." FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.
Under strict rules and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform game tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.
“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills,” says Kamen. "Kids often come in not knowing what to expect, of the program or themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.”
Through FIRST, students get to:
- Learn from volunteer professional engineers,
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design,
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware,
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments,
- Earn a place in the World Championship,
- Qualify for over $19 million in college scholarships.
About CCE 4-H
"The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development is to create supportive environments in which diverse youth and adults reach their fullest potential as capable, competent, and caring citizens. 4-H supports numerous FIRST teams, and aims to engage a million new young people in science programs."