MorTorq’s Build subgroup is responsible for creating a functioning robot every year that tailors to the annual FIRST build challenge. Students are given a six week period to design, prototype and manufacture a working robot that is equipped to compete at the regional and national level.
What We Do
The CAD (computer aided design), mechanical, electrical, and programming teams work together to take on that daunting task. The mechanical team begins by prototyping different types of manipulators and robot chassis designs in order to come up with the best solution to the challenge at hand. The CAD team works to integrate robot components using Solidworks modeling software in order to create the blueprints for builders to work off of. The mechanical team then interprets those blueprints and starts to assemble the robot from the bottom up.
The electrical team works closely with mechanical and programming teams to ensure all electrical components function properly and that the robot functions the way it should. Outside of build season, the build team also manages the robot at competitions and maintains relationships with other FRC teams, thereby forming a community of helpers and problem-solvers.
We also wrote a helpful manual to help budding teams learn how to build robots, using our previous bots as examples.
Here is the build team safety video:
Robert Sher is a senior at BHHS in his fourth year on the robotics team. He is currently one of the presidents of the entire team. He currently works on the fabrication of the robot and deals with some aspects of electrical. Apart from his time working on the mechanics of the robot, Robert is on the teen advisory board for the city of Beverly Hills, a member of the medical science academy, and a member of both the water polo and golf teams at BHHS.
Jack Schmidt is junior who has been on the team for all 3 years. He specializes in making specific parts that are harder to make and leading others. His hobbies besides robotics are cooking and baseball. He is on the Varsity baseball team.
Henry Grote, a junior, has been on the team for three years since freshman year. He is the team’s primary CADer (computer aided design) and specializes in Solidworks, a 3D modeling program. Outside of robotics, Henry enjoys lacrosse, tinkering with computers, and video games.
Alex McDermott is a sophomore who is currently in his second year with MorTorq. He is currently serving as a CAD Leader and Safety Captain, and has worked to develop a comprehensive safety program for the team. Outside of robotics, he plays both cello and guitar, is involved with his temple youth group (HoTY) and NFTY, and is longtime camper at URJ Camp Newman. To contact him about safety programs or to view MorTorq’s safety manual, you can email him below.