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On Saturday, December 4, at approximately 7:00PM, there was a structure fire at 1021 Manitou Avenue, the building where we meet, work, and store everything for the team. We also share this work space with another Boise State student team. Most, if not all, of our things have been lost to fire and water damage. This includes our robots. No one from either team was there when the fire began, and no one was injured.

We are hopeful that insurance money will help us recover most of what we lost. At this point, we are working on purchasing components for a new robot so that we can continue to build and learn for the remainder of the workshops this month before Kickoff. If you are interested in donating to the team to help us in this effort, you can do so in one of two ways:
(1) Send Norma Arechiga a check made out to the Boise State Foundation with “Chickadees Robotics” in the memo to Attn: Norma Arechiga, Boise State University, College of Engineering, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725-2100.
(2) Donate directly through the Foundation online by going to and searching at the bottom of the page for Fund ID: NR039 “College of Engineering Outreach Fund”.

We will continue to meet for our workshops. Tuesday’s workshop will begin in the HML/Machine Shop area. Other workshops will take place in the Boise State Albertson’s Library. Other meeting locations will be updated shortly; please check the calendar located at for meeting locations.
March 29, 2016: The FIRST Regional Competition in Boise and the Chickadees were featured in the Boise State University Update. Read the article here: All-Girl Team Ready for Regional Robotics Competition at Boise State.

See Calendar page for details.

Kickoff: January 7, 2017

Updates from the Blog!

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    Jan 28 2017

    Our 2016-2017 Mission Satement

    The mission of FIRST robotics Team #5871, The Chickadees, is to provide opportunities

  • 1-28-17

    Jan 28 2017


    The past few meetings, we have been editing our prototypes and ordering the materials needed