SWARM is the merger of South (Team 1130) and West (Team 957) Albany, two high schools that have decided to put aside their rivalry and join forces in order to create one amazing robotics team. The plan has thus far succeeded and the combined team has twenty students who have managed to become blind to the geographic differences between the two schools.
The West Albany High-School Team, formerly WATSON, started in 2002. Throughout their eight years they have managed to win several prestigious awards, including the Chairman’s Award in 2005 and the Woodie Flowers award in 2009.
The South Albany High-School Team, formerly The Phantoms, started in 2003. However it took a three year hiatus from 2005-2008. In their time they have won several awards, including the Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 and the Team Spirit Award in 2005.
In 2012 SWARM robotics was in the alternate position for the Autodesk Oregon Regional.
Sponsorship and Finances
Team 957 depends on a variety and grants, sponsorship, and member services to pay for the ~$10,000 a year it takes to run the team. For more information see how to be a sponsor.
Expenses for a years’ full competition schedule.
Season FIRST Fee ~$5,000
Robot Parts & Equipment $3,000
Team expenses $2,000
Support SWARM Robotics!
First TEAM 957
If you would prefer to make a donation by check, please mail your check to:
Albany Public Schools Foundation
PO Box 1772
Albany, OR 97321
Indicate SWARM Robotics on the memo line.