Spare Parts Robotics

FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FTC - First Tech Challenge - FIRST Illinois Robotics Northeast Lake League


Meet the Team

Meet the Spare Parts: Bella, Brandon, Calvin, Nathan, and Steven

Welcome to the 2022-2023 Season: PowerPlay!

Our 2022-2023 Season theme!


Spare Parts Robotics "SPR" est. 2016 is a community based FIRST FTC team designing, building and programming robots that compete in the FIRST Illinois Robotics Northeast Lake League. Our team is made up of High School and Jr. High School kids from several different schools in the surrounding area and our focus is on engaging teenagers in developing skills in the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

As part of our ongoing philosophy each team member will participate in learning and leading new roles (i.e. designing/building, engineering/math concepts, programing/coding, game strategy, team branding/social media, robot drivers, CAD, etc...). SPR brings a variety of skills and talents together to form a fun team focused on learning, sharing experiences and personal growth. Several of our alumni have earned FIRST scholarships and are pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science and information technology just to name a few.

Our theme for this year is AIM for the Future. AIM stands for Aspire, Innovate, and Motivate. Our team aspires to learn and enhance our STEM skills while having fun along the way. Our team is motivated to innovate our robot design, code, and the way we approach and solve problems.

About FIRST Tech Challenge?

"It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship."

>>> see links from FIRST organization for more information

In summary, FIRST Illinois website (www.firstillinoisrobotics.org) says it best...

"FTC is about teaching students the value of hard work, innovation, and creativity. It goes beyond the competition by teaching teenagers about the importance of working together, sharing ideas, and treating each other with respect and dignity.

When a student joins an FTC team, they join a global community of students who are interested in using technology to build a better world tomorrow. There are over 20,000 students from around the globe who design and build robots to compete against one another in competition. They compete locally to earn their way to the annual FTC World Championship!"

Upcoming Events FIRST '22-23 PowerPlay Season

SEASON KICKOFF: September 10, 2022

UPDATES: https://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/ftc-team-updates.html


  • Regional Meets:

    • Meet 1: Nov 6, 2022 - Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL

    • Meet 2: Dec 10, 2022 - Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa, IL

    • Meet 3: Jan 14, 2023 - Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, IL

    • Northeast Lake League Championship: Feb 04, 2023 - Deerfield High School in Deerfield, IL

  • FIRST Illinois State Championship: Feb 24-25, 2023 - Elgin Community College in Elgin, IL

  • FIRST World Championship: Apr 19-22, 2023 - George R. Brown Convention Center in Huston, TX

PowerPlay Season Parts


Our Team Beacon, a combination of spare parts designed to look like a Power Plant (after all, the season theme is electricity!)