How to Join

If you are interested in…

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Digital Media
  • Fundraising
  • Photography 
  • Business Planning
  • Management

…then this club could be a fit for you!!

SWARM acts as a high school club, and runs in the Greater Albany Public Schools (GAPS) District 8J. All high school students enrolled in GAPS may join. We are also looking for adult mentors for SWARM, who can provide information about a certain subject and assist in helping the team grow. 

SWARM competes in FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST Robotics is not a shop class nor a place for formal instruction. SWARM is a place where high schoolers can take their knowledge of the topics listed above and apply it to the activities we complete in meetings. 

While we rely on the generous donations of time and money from our sponsors, we do ask students to contribute as well. First year members are not expected to pay a fee, however, older members will be asked to contribute. There is also an opportunity to work off part, if not all, of the membership fee during fundraising in the summer.

SWARM organizes the full time schedule around build season and competitions in late winter (Jan-March). New members are invited to sign up prior to the season. The earlier, the better.  Incoming 1st year students or 8th grade graduates are encouraged to visit us prior to summer. With weekly meetings, you will find out what you are interested in, hone and apply those skills, and work on team projects.  Then during build season, it is 6 weeks of daily efforts as we create a new robot and additional material for the competition.

If you are interested, feel free to contact us by email at

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