RoboBOTS Team Resources (2018-19)

RoboBOTS 2019 - Saturday, MARCH 30 - Meadville Area SENIOR High

Changes and additions for 2018-2019 contest year are highlighted for your quick reference.


Pre-registration is CLOSED for the 2018-2019 school year.  If there are any questions, contact [email protected] & [email protected]

Please remember, to ensure we are obtaining good value for our grant providers and sponsors, minimum team size is 4 or 5 students.  We will do our best to accommodate all requests for teams, however, space is limited.  

Team information details are collected from pre-registered teams closer to the contest date.  Information requested will include Team Name, BOT Names, Team Members, Advisors, Bot Description, Sponsors, etc.

Financing A Team

Team Stipend:

The NWPA Chapter arranges a stipend for approved teams to help with purchase of BOT hardware.  NWPA NTMA has a separate bank account set up for each participating school.  The school designates a debit card holder for the account.  Funding for 2018-2019 school year:

  • 1st Year Schools = $1,000/team
  • 2nd & 3rd Year Schools = $500/team
  • Schools participating more than 3 Years = $250/team


Schools are encouraged to solicit sponsors for their teams.  Refer to the following Fund-raising - Sponsor Solicitation Guidelines for more information.  It is strongly preferred that your sponsors send checks directly to the NWPA NTMA as shown in the Sponsor Solicitation Flyer.  Funding will be transferred to your team account for access using your debit card.



Fund-raising - Sponsor Solicitation Guidelines>>   A list of last year's sponsors is available for your referral - please make sure your students do not contact companies on this list who are already sponsoring the contest or another team! [click to view 2018 sponsor list].  Previous sponsors have been sent a letter of request. 

2018-19 RoboBOTS Sponsor Solicitation Flyer>>   Previous sponsors will receive a mailer from NWPA NTMA.

Sponsor, Design Software

DS Solidworks is again offering teams that need access to software.  Any student robotics team needing SOLIDWORKS software should go to to sign their team up.  Only one team member needs to do this to get their team signed up.

The software cannot be used in the schools and can only be directly used by the students.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dan Wilkes directly at 248.577.5100 x 7641.

Also, please check out and share with your students There are some good education videos and some great information on the site. It’s also free to the students to access.

Mastercam is providing every NRL team with one license of their software per their sponsorship and support of our program. The information is below and please share it with your teams.

Sponsor, PROGRAMMING Software

Mastercam is pleased to partner with the National Robotics League. As a result of this partnership, teams participating in NRL are eligible to receive one license of Mastercam. Mastercam delivers CAD/CAM software tools for all types of programming, from the most basic to the extremely complex. It is used for 2-axis machining, multiaxis milling and turning, wire EDM, router applications, free-form artistic modeling and cutting, 3D design, drafting, surface and solid modeling. In both education and industry, Mastercam has the largest installed base of any CAM software worldwide. 

Additionally, schools will receive access to Mastercam University. Mastercam University contains online video-based training that is developed exclusively by Mastercam.

If you are interested in receiving your free Mastercam software license and free access to Mastercam University, please email the following information to [email protected] with the subject line “Mastercam NRL request”: Team name, School shipping address, Main contact name, Main contact email address, Main contact phone number.

Sponsor, Raw Material

The Warren Company has generously agreed to sponsor our program in 2018-2019 by donating raw materials for building your RoboBOTS.  They would like to offer each team a maximum budget of $350 for the school year.  Please keep in mind that aluminum pricing has increased since last year and your dollars will probably not go as far.  We recommend requesting a quote before placing your order. 

Our contact at The Warren Company is Judy Custer - she can be reached at 800-562-0357 ext. 110 or [email protected]. You may feel free to contact Judy with your BOT material needs and she’ll endeavor to help you with her available stock.  Judy will need your school's address and hours that someone will be at the school to accept a delivery.  You can visit their website at  and more specifically view their material stock list at

Please include The Warren Company to your list of sponsors to be displayed on your Bot and Team T-Shirts if your team is the beneficiary of their donated raw material.

Sponsor, In Kind

Schools are encouraged to partner with local business for design approval, machine time, materials, etc.  Connections through your students proves to be the most effective.  If you need a referral, please contact NWPA NTMA.


Each Team is required to submit a documentation package.  The scoring/judging of the documentation package will not factor in determining the overall winner of the contest.  It will simply be considered for award of the Best Documentation Trophy.  For guidelines, go to NRL Documentation Details.  Documentation for each team must be received by March 18, 2019 and should be mailed to: Greg Ferree, 12065 Iroquois Rd., Conneaut Lake, PA  16316.


NWPA NTMA RoboBOTS operates according to the Rules and Regulations of the NRL.  

NRL Competition Rules & Regulations – revised 2018-19>>

Changes: 2.4 Bot Eligibility & 6.1 Radio Controllers

NRL Technical Regulations (revised 2018-2019)>>

Changes: 2.4 Bot Clearance & 4.2 Radio Controllers- The NRL recommends using the Spektrum Transmitter DX6, due to the corresponding receivers having SmartFail Technology. If a team is utilizing a different transmitter system for the competition, the system must meet the fail-safe protection requirements.

In addition, repeat BOTS in NWPA Chapter contest require changes and approval to return to the competition.  Rules for Repeat Bots (click here)>>

2019 NRL Contest

May 17 - 18, 2019 at California University of PA


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