Jagbots 4638

Northwest High School

We are the 4638 Jagbots, the Robotics team of Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. Our team strives to promote STEM education within our community, having competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) since 2013. We CAD, build, and program our own robot to compete in new challenges each year. Together, our team strives to combine our skills to create amazing things!

Take a look around and join us in this year’s competition:
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Who are the Northwest HS
4638 Jagbots?

We are the robotics team of Northwest High School (NWHS), formed in late 2012, by Mr. Garrant from Northwest. Mr. Garrant loved to move towards new ideas and create new projects! After getting a few people together, the team began to take shape to compete in Ultimate Ascent.

The team was later handed over to the leadership of Michael Ames, Greg Vogl, and Paul Schrantz. These three mentors are the people who have made the team into what it is today!

Our team of students and mentors focus on working together as a group to bring together our skills, talents, and ideas! We are always striving to move forward!


Meet the teams that bring our robots to life!


All of the ideas on the whiteboard have to be designed properly. CAD takes the time to completely build the robot in CAD, enabling us to 3D print components, order other pieces from larger manufacturers, and to see what the robot will look like. They also ensure we meet all space requirements before beginning construction with the Build Team.


After CAD designs the robot, we put it together! From prototyping to the final additions on the robot before a competition, build team specializes in using our state of the art workshop, With a CNC machine, drill press, and more, we bring the robot from the computer screen to life. Without their knowledge on assembly and design, we would be lost as a team.


Specializing in Java this year, the programming team makes the physical robot functional. From activating motors, to collecting and using data from various sensors, the programming team provides the code needed for the robot to compete. This also includes our own vision program.


Enterprise manages the business end of an FRC team. From community outreach, to the website you’re currently on, Enterprise is responsible for the creation and curation of media, as well as public relations. Every team member contributes what they can to the enterprise team, while maintaining membership in one of the three core groups.


Meet our past robots!

See our robots from past competitions.

2018: Power Up – Dead Pixel

In the 2018 FRC competition, our robot Dead Pixel was equipped with a claw machine-like grabber and lead screw lift combination in order to move and place the blocks that were part of that year’s challenge. The robot also had a ratchet with spool along with the lift to climb onto the bar that was part of the game. We also had a hook to allow multiple robots to climb onto the small bar which was difficult for multiple people to get on at once.

2017: Steamworks – Gizmo

Our fifth robot was Gizmo, who competed in the 2017 FRC competition. The robot had a cradle to intake and transport the gears that were part of that year’s game. An Igus slide moved the entire cradle 3 inches to either the left or right for adjustment when placing the gear. There was also a gear pusher activated by a motor for when we in position to place gears. For the climb that was included in that year’s challenge, our robot also had a winch equipped with velcro.

2016: Stronghold – Black Knight

Black Knight was our robot for the 2016 FRC competition. That year’s game involved shooting balls into a tower, so we equipped the robot with dual flywheels on a vision guided turret, and the flywheels were designed so that the motors are self contained inside the flywheels themselves, along with a polycord-driven roller intake for the balls.

2015: Recycle Rush – Captain Planet

Captain Planet was our team’s third robot, with a lift mechanism that utilized vertical lead screws and active grippers to pick up totes and compete in that year’s game. The robot could hold up to a 4 tote stack, and had a primary internal lift system, an enclosure to keep stack in place, and a rear external lift.

2014: Aerial Assist – Fridgebot

Our robot, Fridgebot, was a unique one in the 2014 FRC competition, as the balls used in that year’s game could pass through the robot. Being able to intake balls from one side and output through the other saved time from having to turn around to shoot. The robot also used doors to hold balls in place when carrying them, since it was easy for the ball to pass through our robot.

2013: Ultimate Ascent – JagTron

Jagtron was our team’s very first robot, and had a frisbee shooter for the main aspect of that year’s game in 2013. The shooter had a pneumatic wheel as flywheel for frisbees and a single action pneumatic piston to punch frisbees into the flywheel. The frisbee shooter also had an angle adjustment chain, with a pivot on the center, and came with a 3 frisbee hopper for storage. In order to complete the climb aspect of the game, the robot also had two pneumatic grabber lifts.