Building people and bots!


To fund the competition season, FRC Team 4521 is selling custom wood signs and coasters. Each item is carefully made by students here at Harrison High School. Click on “shop” in the menu above to place an order. Orders must be placed on or before December 15th for Christmas delivery.



POW! Personally Operated Wheelchair

Harrison Robotics team has been working on a therapy wheelchair for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Here is a video explaining our process!

Wheel Chairs for the Perlman Center

Harrison Robotics has been given an opportunity to work on wheel chairs for the Perlman Center, apart of Children’s Hospital. The wheelchairs are constructed of PVC and created for 2-4 year olds with  neurological disabilities. These kids often must wait 2-6 months just to be given their own permanent wheelchair, so FRC team 4521 is constructing these chairs to fill in during that waiting period. The chairs are light weight and highly practical, especially for new users (PVC can take a beating). The entire process will be done by the FRC team, where they will assemble, code, and wire the chairs so these little tykes will be able to get moving around.

To make the chairs even more SUPER, the team got a booth at the Cincinnati Comic Expo. Chair chassis were built and showcased at the Kid’s Corner at the Duke Energy Center, where onlookers were amazed by the many bots and buttons (People really like buttons). Artists, were asked to donate pieces of their work to be displayed on the chairs, and the results given are outstanding. So, a huge thank you to all the artists who generously donated these fine pieces, and we will update our progress on the chairs as we move through these next couple months!

More info on the Perlman Center and their many grand                               projects can be found here:                                                                                                                    perlman-  center/assistive-technology/access-mobility/

Get Involved!

Harrison Robotics wants to build partnerships with local businesses and community organizations. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:


Manufacturing Capacity

Job Shadowing Opportunities

Co-op / After school and Summer Jobs


Advisory Council


Additional Outreach Projects and Opportunities

If you’re interested helping out in any way please email us at

HR @ Homecoming

We’ll be selling key chains at Friday’s Homecoming game against Ross. The key chains will be graduating years of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. There will also be a football, a Harrison H as well as a Wildcat symbol. The keychains will sell for $3.00 each or get 2 for $5.00.

The team also plans to debut the T-Shirt Cannon. Mr. Ward was kind enough to supply us with “ammo” and we’ll be shooting off some shirts at Friday’s football game.  Shirts will be headed to those showing all kinds of school spirit!



Sponsor Spotlight – Cincinnati Incorporated

Cincinnati Incorporated  is a very generous sponsor of Harrison Robotics, and without their contributions, our machines would be significantly crippled. They enable the FRC team to dream big and design creatively by cutting and bending sheet metal into the critical components of our robots. Components from CI have enabled us to see the connection between design and reality, have taught valuable skills in manufacturing, and have given the team the tools needed to compete on the state and international levels. So, a huge thank you to Bill and the fine folks at Cincinnati Incorporated!

Cincinnati Incorporated:

Harrison Robotics at the Cincinnati Comic Expo!

HR spent the weekend of 9/18-9/20 at the Cincinnati Comic Expo. We had a great time and almost 300 kids from all over the tri-county area had the opportunity to drive the robots and find out about educational options they never new existed. We were also able to share the great things happening within Great Oaks and Southwest Local with parents and business leaders. While we were there, students built 2 wheel chair chassis for the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. This was an exciting opportunity and one that we hope to expand and build on for next year.


Graduate Spotlight: Mark Phillips

HR: Where are you attending college?
Mark: Junior at School of Media Arts & Studies in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.  Or just Ohio University works


HR: What major and / or profession are you pursuing?

Mark: I’m getting a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Integrated Media


HR: Have you been able to get any co-op or other on the job training? If yes, share where, how you landed the job, exciting or interesting info you can share, etc.

Mark: I am currently a Student Producer for University Communications and Marketing.  Essentially I create videos for different schools within the university.  They either come to us with a concept for the video or just explain to us what they’re trying to portray and I’ll come up with a concept, get it approved by the client, write a script, shoot it, edit it, and then publish it!  This is really good experience because it’s essentially what I hope to do when I graduate, but in a supportive learning environment with mentors that are helping me develop my skills and learn new marketable skills I’ll be able to use once I graduate.  I learned about the position through my Learning Community advisor who works at University Communications and Marketing.  She told me the position was open and suggested I apply, so I did and I made the cut over about 20 or 30 other students who applied and were interviewed.


HR: Have you had any major or interesting accomplishments since graduating high school?

Mark: I am now the producer and a writer for a show that is aired on Athens public access called Pranking Ohio.  It’s a lot of fun, but takes a lot of time and effort to get everyone in the same place at the same time.  When I was a freshman, it was a lame pranking show, but now we’ve turned into something not lame and more sketch comedy and no pranks.  We kept the name because we thought it was funny.


HR: What’s your favorite memory from your FIRST experience?

Mark:  My favorite memory from my FIRST experience is probably when we got our robot to the third tier of the pyramid (the first to actually do so, if I remember correctly) and it got stuck.



HR: Is there anything else you want to share?
Mark: FIRST was easily one of the best learning experiences I had in High School and have had my whole life.  I learned more about mechanics and programming in those few months than I ever had in my life up to that point.  It allowed me to apply my brain to real problems that required analysis and critical thinking to come up with the best solution.  The experience and the people involved helped shape me into who I am today.  Friends that I made in FIRST are the few that I’ve kept in close contact with since graduating high school.  I would say that the time we spent after school together having fun and making things played a large role in forming the long lasting relationships that exist today.