Placer Advanced Robotics & Technology is current accepting student applications:
Students must be enrolled in a Placer County high school, grades 9-12
Graduating 8th grade students may apply to the team beginning June 1st of that year
Review the student requirements on this page
Complete the Student Application form
Your application will be reviewed by the Membership Committee
Accepted students must sign the Student Contract, Code of Conduct, and Liability Waiver, and pay the annual participation fee
The Membership Committee looks for demonstrated interest / experience in the primary fields: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, design, computer programming, math, sciences (physics, chemistry, materials science), business and marketing. Previous robotics and / or programming background is preferred, but not required
PART has year-round activities, with periods of intense time commitments based on the specific programs/competitions. There are general meetings approximately twice per month. Program groups meet more frequently and schedules are determined by the program team leadership.
Students must attend 80% of meetings in a 6 month period (general and program teams)
Students may not miss 3 consecutive general meetings unless excused by the PART Board in advance
Students must engage in the team and key projects in a positive, constructive manner
PART values and encourages student academic success.
Students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 unweighted GPA each semester
Students must not have a letter grade below a "C" at any time
PART is synergistic with local school curriculums / pathways , building upon what the students learn in the classroom. The local high schools offer a variety of STEM classes, including engineering courses various levels of robotics. We encourage students to pursue high quality STEM classes as part of their schedule.
We encourage students to get involved in STEM advocacy and community service. Each student is required to complete 15 robotics and technology community service hours each year.
Mentoring local middle school teams
Teaching STEM classes to younger students
Demoing projects / community outreach
Others as approved by the PART Board
Each family is expected to volunteer in some capacity. Parents can indicate their areas of interest in the student application - including mentorship, fundraising, logistics, travel arrangements, supervision, and parent communications.
The team's success depends on generous donations from parents, sponsors and businesses. PART is a 501c3 tax exempt, charitable organization. Donations are tax-deductible and will help pay for the purchase of robot parts, materials, and competition related expenses. Donation avenues are through individual contributions, matching funds from an employer, and corporate sponsorships. PART can accept both funds and product contributions
Each participant is requested to make a donation of to help defray costs for team equipment, tools, competition registrations, etc.
Students/parents must make accommodations and pay for personal costs (meals, travel, hotels when needed) to events
Assist in the search for community and /or corporate sponsors