HVCHS's Robotics team, Team 293 (SPIKE), spends six weeks during the winter designing, building, and programming a robot in preparation for FIRST (http://www.firstinspires.org/
) regional competitions against teams from around the world. The team has won awards for creative design and is one of the most competitive teams in the area. Team members learn hands-on skills working with our scientist and engineering mentors. The team meets approximately once a week (or less) in the off-season, but during a six-week build season in January through February, team members work on the robot every day, including weekends. Time commitment is individual; attendance at every meeting is not mandatory.