The Pirates! FIRST Robotics Team 1584

Come join the Pirates as they sail the seas o' competition and sci/tech learning. All students and experience levels are welcomed!

The Pirates!  FRC Team 1584 are a Mountain Robotics Team open to Boulder, Gilpin, and Coal Creek Canyon Area high school-aged students. We also have a PowderMonkey level for Middle school students to participate along side the Pirates.


We are a  team centered on the FIRST Robotics competition and its values of ‘Gracious Professionalism’ and ‘Cooperatition’. Our rookie year was 2005. We are a veteran team with dedicated mentors. This team and competition is for all students. Though most think of the fields of engineering, computer science, electronics, or science as our focus, we are really about growing the minds of the future. These are the people who will go on to solve problems and create the world of our future. 

We gladly accept students who want to focus on diverse fields. Communications and team work is key to this program. An advantage of our small team is that each student can gain experience in many areas and learn multiple skills each season.

If you have an interest in: Journalism, Coding, Building Trades, Design,  Electrical Trades, Engineering, Website Design, Photography, Videography, Graphic Arts, Business Management, AutoCAD, 3-D Printing, Animation, Costume Design, Your special focus of interest, and of course Robotics! - We are the crew for you!


Lead Coaches: Lori Ledbetter ( and Annette Treufeldt-Franck (

Meetings are at the Workshop.

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2019-2020 Calendar

(please check the team calendar on our website,, for updated meeting dates and times)


  • September 28th, 2019 Kendrick Castillo Memorial Tournament - East High Denver

  • November - workshop on autoCAD and CNC machining (open to all students, not just team members)

  • December - Lunch with a Professional series (Open to all campus) -Parent/Mentor meeting 


  • FIRST RISE Infinite Recharge Challenge

- Kickoff - Saturday January 4th, 8am -2pm 

- Sunday January 5th 10am -4pm and Monday January 6th 10am-4pm

  • Build - January 7th, 2020 to March 17, 2020

- Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 4pm to 8pm

- Saturdays, Sundays and School Holidays (MLK, Presidents Day weekend) 10am-4pm

- Meetings at NMSHS workshop and library

  • Competition - March 18-21, 2020, Denver University Magness Arena

  • April - team banquet

The Pirates! Team 1484 places in the top 10 at the Kendrick Castillo Memorial Tournament.


The Pirates and PowderMonkey crew attended an off-season event last weekend. This event is a memorial for Kendrick Castillo, a member of Team Impulse 4418, who gave his life to save others last May, at the STEM Highlands Ranch School. Kendrick's father opened the tournament by speaking of his son and the FIRST community and how we were a family and so very important for each other. He thanked us for the love expressed to his family and Team Impulse and encouraged us to continue to care about and love one another.






You did good! Be Proud Pirates.


We had trials, we learned, we won matches!, we and the robot were on the news (briefly) and we ranked 10th at the end of qualifying rounds! Ole hands this crew is getting at competing. Just think how many skills you can pass on to new hands next year! Thank you to all who came to support us and to the team members who were able to compete (Hakan, Ainsley, Oliver, Clay, Ande and Jamie). We appreciate the PowderMonkey crew and their parents (Cedar, Keahi, Jake and Opal) for coming.