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Code Red Robotics

After months of community service and outreach, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics team is transitioning into build season.

Founded in 2001, Code Red Robotics is a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics club, composed of and led by IHS students. Every year, the students work together to create a 125-pound robot, designed and built to play a complex game in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Each year, the FRC brings a new challenge; the games may be reminiscent of sports, like soccer or basketball, or may be completely original.

FIRST released this year’s challenge, a game called Infinite Recharge, on January 4 (click here to watch the official game release video). Code Red members will now spend six weeks strategizing, designing, building, programming, and assembling their robot before competitions start in March. 

Outside of the six-week build season, the Code Red Robotics team puts in thousands of hours of community service. As of 2019-2020, each Code Red member is required to do 24 hours of community service a year, spread out over five cycles. Students volunteer at local organizations, such as the Sciencenter and Tompkins County Habitat for Humanity, and at events like the AIDS Ride for Life and Cayuga Triathlon. As a team, Code Red also does robot demonstrations throughout the community, attending summer camps, elementary and middle schools, and more. 

“Code Red is trying hard to promote STEM in the community,” said club president and IHS senior Sara Xin. “The team is not only about building better robots, but also better people.”

Code Red Robotics is an associate of Ithaca STEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). For further information about the team, please email, or visit the team website: