FRC Team 5421, more commonly known as the BirchBots, is BWL's very own high school robotics team. BirchBots is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team which competes annually in regional and national competitions against other schools around the world. Currently we are the only co-ed private school in New York City with an FRC team, and are very proud of the work our BirchBots produce every year!
The team is only available to upper school students but caters workshops in the lower and middle school divisions to get grades K-12 involved with innovation and STEM. Robotics is a great way for BWL students to learn engineering and get involved in an extracurricular activity that reaches beyond the classroom. In addition to teaching construction, development, and technology, Team 5421 teaches real-world skills, like teamwork, leadership, management, and more! Most of all, our BirchBots emphasize fun and community, banding together to create a new robot with different objectives every school year in just 9 weeks!
Lower School/Middle School Robotics
Starting in Fall 2023, BWL is launching a new Robotics team for students in 4th-8th Grades. The team will compete in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Challenge program.
Students will learn the necessary skills to not only build complex robots, but also work together as a team to accomplish their common goal. With veteran BirchBots on hand to provide guidance and advice, as well as a dedicated faculty coach, the Lower/Middle School Robotics team is a unique opportunity for students to explore the world of competitive robotics.