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The Haverford School offers one of the most esteemed robotics programs in the Philadelphia area, with opportunities to collaborate and compete beginning in elementary school. Our middle school and high school teams have gone on to compete around the country, most recently earning the title of 2017 VEX Robotics World Division Champions.

Edible Soft Robots

The Haverford School's soft robotics club won the Soft Robotics Design and Research Competition, sponsored by Harvard University, besting 90 teams from around the world. Video by Intel Chen, V Form.

The Cavalry

The Cavalry are Haverford Middle and Upper School students who compete in the VEX and VEX IQ Robotics Tournaments as Team 169. We learn not only about science, technology, engineering, math, and design, but also teamwork, perseverance and creativity – specifically, creating something from nothing.

Ford Bots

The Ford Bots, our Lower School robotics students, participate in FIRST Lego League with “Gracious Professionalism” – a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

The Haverford School Robotics Program

Meeting Schedule

All meetings take place in Wilson Hall Robotics Lab, Room 004.

Upper School

M,W,F – 3:30-6:30 p.m.

*Allowed to work on Tu/Th outside of Ball Auditorium; mentors are dedicated to MS teams on these days

Middle School

Tu,Th – 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturday meetings

Saturday meetings are at the discretion of mentor staff; students will be given at least two days of notice beforehand.

VEX Robotics Competition

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the fastest-growing robotics competition in the world for middle school and high school students.

Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. With guidance from their teachers and mentors, students use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches, and Skills Challenges. In addition to having fun learning about and building robots together, student participate in competitions designed to foster development of academic and social life skills.

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VEX IQ Robotics Competition

With guidance from their teachers and mentors, students build advanced robots using the VEX IQ robotics platform to solve an engineering challenge that is presented in the form of a game. VEX IQ Challenge teams work together scoring points in Teamwork Matches, and also display their robots' skills individually in driver-controlled and autonomous Skills Challenges.

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FIRST LEGO League (Lower School)

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students. In September each year, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. Each challenge within the competition then revolves around that theme. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming Lego Robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots. FIRST Lego League is a partnership between FIRST and the Lego Group. It also has a scaled-down robotics program for children ages 6–9 called Junior FIRST LEGO League.


Faculty Adviser

Holly Golecki
Director, Robotics

B.S., M.S. Drexel University, M.S. Harvard University


Haverford School students make soft robots that could be used in the body…and they taste good too by >



Harvard University Soft Robotics Design and Research Competition: 1st place

Pennsylvania State Champions

VEX Robotics World Championship: 3rd place, Robot Skills


Pennsylvania State Champions

VEX Robotics World Championship: Science Division Champion, Arts Division Think Award, Spirit Division Build Award


Pennsylvania State Champions

VEX Robotics World Championship: Finalist, Science Division Amaze Award


Pennsylvania State Champions

VEX Robotics World Championship: 4th place, Engineering Division Build Award, Arts Division Think Award

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