Build Season Week 1 Update 2019

The Warlocks have been working hard during Week 1 to decide what functions we want our robot to have. Our build team has also been busy in the shop building prototypes to help make these decisions. After the prototypes were shown to the team, we began to formulate ways to incorporate them into our robot plans.  As the build season continues into Week 2, the CAD team will work to have the drawings completed so they can pass off design plans to the build team. Every day we get closer and closer to having our 2019 competition robot completed. 

Starting in Week 2 and continuing throughout the build season, the Warlocks will be highlighting a new sub-team and its members. Every week’s update will highlight a different team until the end of build season, when we will talk about our adventures through the build season as we prepare to compete in the Finger Lakes Regional and the Buckeye Regional.

We look forward to the next 5 weeks of build season and the competition that we will face at our regionals. We wish all teams the best of luck as they begin to build their robots for the season. We’ll see you all at the competitions!

Kate 01/15/2019

The 2019 season has begun!

On Saturday, the Warlocks kicked off the 2019 season with the game Destination: Deep Space. Missed the kickoff? Watch the game animation here!

We’re excited to begin brainstorming ideas for our newest robot! During the kickoff event, the team was broken up into smaller groups and we went through a variety of scenarios, such as the Dream Team, Win in Auto, and Play the Game, to determine the best functions for our robot. Each group had time to work out the scenario specific to their group and then they reported back to the rest of the group. At the end of the day, the team gathered in the gym to watch a group of students “play” the game. 

On Sunday, the team met at MAHLE to continue brainstorming ideas. By the end of the meeting, we determined what functions we believe are absolutely necessary to make our robot function smoothly.

As Week 1 begins, the students will continue brainstorming until we figure out the design we are going to pursue. Check back in on this section of the website during the season to see how the team progresses through build season and competitions. 

Kate 01/07/2019

Please hold still!

2014 Warlocks

I found a series of photos taken of our 2014 team. We usually take two or three shots, but for some reason, there was a long sequence. I thought an animation was in order!

Al Gritzmacher 03/23/2018

Warlocks 2018 Robot Reveal

On February 20, 2017, the Warlocks held their annual “Media Day” to reveal our 2018 competition robot at Lockport High School. A journalist from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal was invited to come watch our robot live and in person. A reporter from Channel 7 also came, watched our robot, and interviewed one of our seniors, Emma, that was aired on TV later that night. 

The Warlocks demonstrated the abilities of our robot, which included: our multiple autonomous codes, collector, our ability to place cubes on both the switch and the scale, as well as the climber on our robot. The Warlocks are very pleased with how our robot, OTIS, turned out and can’t wait to head to competition. 


Kate 02/20/2018

Build Season Week 5 and 6 Update 2018

During week five, our build team and programming team worked side-by-side to simultaneously fix and program the robot. In the middle of week five, we began to set up our half field in our school’s cafeteria. There we began to perfect all of our autonomous code and work with our drive team and pit crew. 

In week six, the team completed all awards, finished building and programming our robot, OTIS, and even had time to scrimmage at Penfield High School, the home of FIRST Team 1511, Rolling Thunder. We were joined by several teams from around Western New York and had a great time on Sunday. We played well at Penfield and are excited to see what this season will hold for us. Our students are hard at work today making spare parts, and practicing for our FIRST Chairman’s Award. On Tuesday, the Warlocks held our annual “Media Day” where we were joined by a journalist from the Lockport Union Sun and Journal, as well as a member from Channel 7. The footage that Channel 7 took was then aired on the news that night. Throughout the season, the Warlocks have worked hard to design, build, and program our robot, OTIS, within the allotted time. 

We wish all teams god luck as they begin their competitions in the near future! We can’t wait to see everyone when we head to the Finger Lakes Regional (March 15-17) and the Buckeye Regional (March 28-31). Thank you to all parents, mentors, and teachers that helped us to reach our full potential during the season. We appreciate all those who pushed us to stay on track and finish on time. We especially would like to thank all the parents that helped to provide us with food to fuel us, because after all, what robotics team doesn’t love a good team dinner?


Kate 02/20/2018

Build Season Week 4 Update 2018

In week four, the Warlocks continued building our 2018 robot named OTIS!

Working together, the programming team has learned programming through the help of professional programmers Kris Sielski of Sensorcon, Ken Handley of New York Power Authority, and Tim Brounscheidel of GM Powertrain. Students Andrew P., Faith O., Jared M., Cory M., Ben L., and Kyle P. went to MAHLE over the past 6 months to learn a program called C++. This program has been implemented into our 2018 robot and has been extremely successful.

The progress that our students and mentors have been making has resulted in a robot that is currently able to autonomously move, stop, turn, and it has the ability to come within 1/64th of an inch of the designated stop. Our hats come off for how far our students have come over the last 6 months in programming.


“As, the president of Lockport Robotics Inc., I feel confident that our robot, OTIS, will be a well-programmed and a well-built machine at our  2018 FIRST competitions.”

-Jim Rogowski, President of Lockport Robotics Inc.

Kate 02/08/2018

Build Season Week 3 Update 2018

In week three, the Warlocks finalized our 2018 robot design!
Working together, the build team learned how to use a CNC machine that cuts the parts that form our robot base.

The final parts were then sent to MAHLE where they were professionally powder coated our school colors: blue and yellow.  Some students on the build team took the opportunity to learn from senior Warlock, Nate and Mr. Paul Dannebrock, of Ingersoll-Rand, how to airplane rivet the robot base. Then our build team students along with Mr. Mike Stutz, of GMCH, put together the lightweight and superior base yet again this year.

Kate 01/29/2018

Build Season Week 2 Update 2018

In week two, the Warlocks moved closer to finalizing our 2018 robot design. Together we had several great student and mentor driven discussions that turned into producing and testing some impressive prototypes!  Students explained how they calculated the total possible points to score in a match and gave pros and cons to their perspective group. Our family had many questions and ‘what if’s?’ this week. In the typical Warlocks fashion, questions were answered and agreed on which way to proceed. In the end, we believe that we have come up with an exceptional concept to face and defeat the boss.

As always, FIRST has created a challenging game called FIRST POWER UP!  We suggest that you check out our web page to learn more about the game and watch a short video on how the game is played! Go to, under the pull down menu, ‘About FIRST’  click on ‘About the game’.  After a short video, you will gain a better understanding of the task at hand!

This week we are highlighting the CAD (computer aided drawing) team. Throughout the week, Katie, head of the CAD team, has begun designing the robot along side Mr. Rogowski, Mr. Alex KapaanSuperior Design, Mr. Bob VaskoMahle and Mr. Steve Barnes, a dedicated mentor who is a retired machinist of GM. She completed the base design;  as well as the two stage elevator and the cube collector.  The entire team is proud of her dedication and success!  We are looking forward to the upcoming week!


Kate 01/20/2018

Build Season Week 1 Update 2018

The build season has begun once again! The Warlocks kicked off 2018 with a brand new FIRST Challenge, called FIRST Power Up.             

       On Saturday, January 6th, 125+ community leaders, business sponsors, mentors, students, parents, and teachers along with Mrs. Bradley, our superintendent, witnessed as we started our FIRST 6 week journey. Mr. Bob Vasko, chief engineer at MAHLE, opened the morning up bright and early with a page from Robotics 101 designed by MAHLE. This Robotics 101 activity was to start turning students creative minds  to understanding the four types of creators: Ideators, Clarifiers, Developers, and Implementers. After this we began our creative process. We ran matches using humans instead of robots, in order to fully understand the challenge. The day after kickoff we went to the YMCA to brainstorm further how we want our robot to look and what we want the robot to do. 

Later in the week we began developing prototypes. We are looking forward to the next 5 weeks and what the Warlocks have next in store for them at our competitions!

Good Luck to all the teams this season and we’ll see you at the competitions!


Kate 01/13/2018

Ri3D (Robot in Three Days)

Ri3D came up briefly during the meeting Wednesday. For those new to the term, here’s a video to get you started. It is really fun to watch the several Ri3D projects take place. Just be sure to keep an open mind and still work on your own ideas!

Al Gritzmacher 01/04/2017