Join The Team

We Play Like a Team
We Run Like a Business
We Feel Like a Family

Eagle Engineering invites you to become part of our unique experience. We are a year-round organization with two competition seasons; and while there is always something going on, we offer some schedule flexibility for students who want to participate in other programs.  
Any Chaminade 9-12 grader may join the team at any time in the fall, but it is highly recommended that you join before our team orientation and training event happening September 15-18, 2022.

If you are ready to join, complete a roster application and we will contact you to get you started.

DEADLINE TO JOIN FOR FALL SEMESTER IS SEPTEMBER 30TH

Not sure if you want to join? Come to a meeting and check it out with no commitments. Just email our coach at tsmeltzer@chaminade.org to set up a time. Team 1138 will be holding informal pre-season meetings all summer long from 3 PM to 6 PM most days in the Bob Hope Center. This is a great time to come in, meet some of the team members and check things out in a low-intensity setting. See the calendar link below for summer meeting times.

You can view our fall meeting schedule to get a feel for team activities. The schedule includes three kinds of meetings:

  • Regular team meetings (typically Thursdays from 3:15-5:30) These include announcements, structured activities and training. It is highly recommended that you attend these to stay in the loop.
  • Open shop (typically Tuesdays 3:15-7:00 and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30) These are blocks of unstructured time in which our workspace and resources are made available for team groups to work on projects. This is where the majority of the work and experience happens.
  • Special events These include tournaments, service activities and workshops. You are expected to participate in at least a portion of these, as determined by your team and project assignments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it like Battlebots?
A: We get this a lot. The answer is, not really, but kinda. Think of it like this: Battlebots is to UFC what Competitive Robotics is to high school sports. So, yes, the teams are very competitive, and we do have some “spirited interaction” as teams vie to score points, but they are not allowed to intentionally damage each other. That said, our ‘bots do come home with some battle scars most of the time.

Q: What if I don’t know the first thing about robotics? Like seriously, what if I don’t know how to even use one of those screwdriver thingys?
A: Zero experience is required. In fact, sharing our team’s knowledge and expertise is one of our favorite things to do. Some of our greatest success stories started with students who didn’t know diddly about tech of any sort. That’s what makes it so fun. You can start off knowing nothing and by the end of your first year, you will be excited to teach the next group of rookies everything you learned.

Q: This looks like a lot of fun, but I’m not really that into high-tech.
A: That’s cool. We offer opportunities for all kinds of interests. In addition to engineering and coding, we need students who are interested in learning PR/Marketing, Business, Web Development, Graphic Design, Animation, Communications/Presentations, Human Relations, Project Management, and Sports Strategy.

Q: When do you meet?
A: In the fall, we typically meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 7:30 and our tournaments are on occasional Saturdays. In winter, we have a more intense schedule, called “build season” in which we meet Thursday through Sunday and spend a lot of time together. However, like all our meetings, students may schedule themselves off as needed. You may define your level of involvement with your scheduling. The “biggies” – students who are our core leaders and involved at the highest level, attend nearly every meeting. We also have students who attend between 65-85% of meetings who are still considered varsity and enjoy the full range of hands-on experience. If you attend less than 65% of available meeting times, you would be classified as junior varsity. JV has a more limited range of opportunities, but it is still a great learning experience.

Q: Don’t you have to be a genius to do robotics?
A: No! But you might become one, after you do.

Q: What if you do other activities or sports? How does that work?
A: As mentioned, we have a flexible scheduling system. The schedule is posted online and you sign up for the meetings you can attend. Students who attend more meetings tend to learn a lot faster and therefore are afforded more opportunities. It’s very much a case of “you get out what you put in.” That said, there is still a lot of fun and learning to be had for students who have to miss lots of meetings.

Q: How will this help me in college and beyond?
A: Wow, what a great question. I’m so glad you asked. Eagle Engineering is ultimately not about building robots. It’s about building life skills. Unlike your classwork, there are no answers in the back of the book. Our moderators and mentors have no idea how we will solve the problems presented to us, or even if they can be solved in the way we want. We give our students opportunities to fail “early and often” as we like to say, because that is the only way you truly learn critical thinking, design thinking, and well… just thinking. The greatest thing you will take away from the Eagle Engineering experience is experience, and not just in technical stuff. Your greatest superpower will become your mastery of soft skills – the very thing that colleges and employers are seeking.
Things like:

  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Work Ethic
  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Time Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Self-Motivation
  • Decisiveness

Technology is constantly changing, but these skills are timeless and priceless. They can only be learned by doing, and sometimes failing. We give you lots of opportunities to become your best self through the rigor of real-life bumps in the road.

Oh, and yes, it will definitely help you in college and beyond.

Q: So what is so special about Team 1138?
A: Ask any member this question and most of them will say that it really is because we are family. The Eagle Engineering team culture is second to none. We build strong bonds over hard work and long hours, but also a fair share of goofing around. Our team is managed and led by an extraordinary group of students who make it a priority to see that everyone who shows up and makes an effort, will find an incredible sense of belonging and connection that will last far beyond their high school years.

Q: What about costs? Is this program expensive?
A: First, let’s just say that we never want money to be a factor in your decision. If funds are tight, let us know (tsmeltzer@chaminade.org) and we will figure out a solution that works with your budget. Here are some of the standard costs:

Participation Fee: $250 – Covers team jersey, and your contribution to the general travel expenses of the team’s coaches and equipment as well as parts, materials, and some refreshments.

PARTICIPATION FEE IS DUE NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30th.


Build Season Meal: ~$150-$250 – During build season (January 7 – February 26) the team eats a lot of meals together. Each family contributes to feeding the team at least once during that time. Depending on the size of the meal, we may assign two or more families to share the cost. We can work with you if budget is a concern.

Uniform: ~$40 – Every student must purchase a pair of black tactical pants as part of the team uniform as well as one pair of safety glasses.

Optional Team Travel Expenses: The team attends a few overnight events each year. Participation in travel events is not required but it is necessary if you want to attend certain competitions. It can get pricey if you choose to attend all travel activities as they can be anywhere from $200 for a local overnight to $1,200 or more for multi-day travel by air. You can decide about travel on a case-by-case basis.

Miscellaneous: ~$50 – $100 – Little things pop up from time to time – donating one case of soda to homecoming or pitching in for pizza at a Saturday tournament. Some costs are optional, such as a CAD training program for $40.