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Our History

Today, we support FIRST programs in Dane County and throughout Wisconsin. In addition, we offer weeknight classes, weekly workshops, and school break camps designed to give kids hands-on STEM learning experiences.

2013, 2015, 2017, 2020
Team 1306 wins the Wisconsin Regional Chairman’s Award. 

2014
We sponsor our very first FIRST Tech Challenge team.

2013
We become an operational partner for FIRST in Wisconsin—we now run all FIRST LEGO League tournaments in the state, along with supporting every coach and mentor.

2012
We cut the ribbon on our beautiful, 5,000 sq ft. facility in Middleton. All of our robots have a place to call home!

2011
BadgerBOTS officially becomes a corporation! We establish our officers and Board of Directors and apply for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.(It’s officially granted in 2012.) 

Our new status opens the door for community-wide educational programming and, of course, more robots. Our roster expands to include FIRST LEGO League teams for younger students.

2010
Team 1306 wins the Wisconsin Regional Chairman’s Award. This prestigious award recognizes the team as a model for other teams to emulate—a team that best embodies the purpose and goals of the FIRST program. It qualifies them to the FIRST World Festival for the second time in the team’s short history.

2005
Team 1306 wins the Rookie All-Star Award at the Wisconsin FRC Regional. This award recognizes the team for their strong work and qualifies them to the FIRST World Festival, a yearly event that celebrates the best of the best.

2004
Benjamin Senson, an aerospace engineering and physics teacher at Madison Memorial High School, sees a need in the community and starts the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) Team 1306-BadgerBOTS. Its goal? To give high schoolers (grades 9–12) a chance to develop their skills, compete with their peers, and have fun—all while getting a true glimpse into what scientists and engineers do every day.