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Hilltopper Robotics is a team of 60 students from Marquette University and Divine Savior Holy Angels High Schools who design, build, and program a robot with which they compete against other teams from around the world. 


The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) competitions are large-scale events with a new challenge annually. The competitions also include student presentations. Community outreach is a way for teams to share their passion for engineering and build interest in STEM in younger students in the community. Teams operate under a signature set of FIRST® Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges. 

Students learn engineering, computer-aided design, programming, data analysis, mechanical, electrical, leadership, teamwork, project management, communications, & event planning skills, but also personal skills and relationships to last a lifetime. The team also aligns with the Catholic values of our sponsoring schools by using our gifts and talents to help our communities. 


Founded in 2005 at Marquette University High School by John Wanninger and a group of students, Team 1732 has grown and evolved and made an impact:

  • 60 students (30% from DSHA, 70% from MUHS); 35% are students of color

  • 26 mentors (1/3 are FIRST Alumni)

  • In 19 Seasons: 

    • Won 13 Regionals and 2 Regional Chairman’s Awards

    • Invited to 13 World Championships

  • Last Season (2023):

    • Lake Superior Regional Winner, Miami Valley Regional Winner, and one-time Regional Finalist

    • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award - Sandra Mejia

    • Ranked 25 in Johnson Division at the World Championship in Houston, TX

  • Hosted many community events including summer camps, a poster contest, leading an after-school robotics program at central-city grade school, Books & Bots events at local schools and libraries, 23 FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments since 2010, and even publishing a book.

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