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Team History

 

2019-2020

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2018-2019

This is where we'll explain what we did during the 2018-2019 year.

2017-2018

This is where we'll explain what we did during the 2017-2018 year.

2016-2017

This is where we'll explain what we did during the 2016-2017 year.

2015-2016

This is where we'll explain what we did during the 2015-2016 year.

2014-2015

The 2015 FRC Season proved to be one of our most successful seasons in recent years. We competed at the South Florida Regional on Week 1 of the FIRST Competition season, and won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award and were Regional Finalists at the event. At the MAR Seneca District Event, we advanced to the elimination rounds and were awarded the Industrial Design Award. At the MAR Bridgewater-Raritan District Event, we were awarded the Entrepreneurship Award and once again reached the final rounds of Recycle Rush. At the ST. Louis World Championships, we reached the elimination rounds of the Hopper Division. We continued our community service efforts with Lion's Club and began partnerships with two new organizations. We organized and presented a STEM class at the Antheil Elementary School Summer Academy and at The ARC Mercer, a disabled senior center, we held robot demonstrations for the senior citizens. We attended numerous Outreach events such as the Science and Space Festival, Maker Faire and Ewing Township's National Night Out. We had a fantastic time throughout the competition season and are looking forward to next year's challenge.

 

2013-2014

This season provided a new achievement for our team, as it was the first time we won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Buckeye Regional. It was exhilarating to have won such an amazing award and qualify for the World Championships once again, this time through a new path. At the St. Louis Championships, our robot was a finalist on the Curie field, falling to the eventual World Champions. We continued to expand our Outreach by attending various community events, while also strengthening our relationships with our community by continuing our community service efforts.

 

2012-2013

This season we expanded on the amount of community service opportunities available for team members. These opportunities include assisting the Kiwanis Club in several events, increasing the activities we perform with the children at HomeFront, and a new connection with the Ewing Township Green Commission. Regarding our competition season, we continued our success by winning 3 awards, while also becoming champions at Monty Madness, an offseason competition.

 

2011-2012

The new season led to the introduction of the Mid-Atlantic Regional (MAR) events. However, we followed our usual pattern of success, qualifying for St. Louis championships while adding to our numerous awards. Our focus for Chairman's this year was making and strengthening our connections, which we did with HomeFront, Lion's Club and Kiwanis Club.

2010-2011

This season was probably our defining moment as a team, building upon the multiple successes of previous years which sent us flying to the top, nearing the pinnacle of the FIRST program. Compounding on our technical success from the previous year, we did not stay lax or rest on our laurels. Instead, filled with new "young blood" holding many of the team's leadership positions, we quickly got to work putting our minds to the metal, figuratively speaking, to create the most advanced machine we had ever created. With a combination of sleek design, expert programming, and skillful wiring and building, our robot became the prime example for other teams to follow. We rolled into the New Jersey Regional determined to win becoming nearly an unstoppable force. It was no surprise when we came out on top, becoming the new champions. We pulled it off again in Washington D.C. and became finalists, but our crowning moment came at the St. Louis Championships. We came out as victors in our division and even made it to the finals clinching the National Championship Finalist position, coming in 2nd place in the entire world. It became clear then, that we were officially a world class team. We also continued to push hard with Chairman’s, making the connections we gained the previous year count reaching out to even more Deaf Schools and making contact without local government officials, such as our congressman Rush Holt. We also had a huge influx of new Deaf students joining the FIRST program, as the barriers which formerly held them back began to disappear. Unfortunately one of our long time mentors, Richard Prospero, lost his battle with cancer and passed away. This prompted us to dedicate our robot too him, but we are sure he would be extremely proud of our achievements thus far.

 

2009-2010

Learning from our technical mistakes from the previous year we made it a priority to organize ourselves as a successful and effective team. At kickoff we were divided into "funky monkey teams" or Functional Monkey teams which allowed the influx and inclusion of new ideas and spread out the responsibilities of each function, overcoming the disorganization we faced in the previous year. Because we were able to effectively organize our resources we became very successful that year, becoming finalists at the New Jersey Regional and even gaining the championship at the Dallas Regional while winning the Excellence in Engineering Award. While it was our 2nd year officially doing Chairman’s we built off of the framework of the previous year and made numerous connections, reaching out to Deaf Schools and asking the FIRST program to provide closed captioning for kick- off in order to further integrate the Deaf community into the FIRST program. Our dedication to the deaf community caught the eye of FIRST at the Dallas regional, which allowed us to win the Dallas Regional Chairman’s Award. We ended up going to the championships and leaving with nothing but this motivated us and pushed us to outdo ourselves the next season.

 

2008-2009

No longer considering ourselves just a rookie team, we expanded our goals in order to acknowledge the FIRST mission. For the first time, our team had an official Chairman’s subteam in order to take the on unique challenges required to obtain the Chairman’s award, which became a main focus and goal. We strived to be the model team in which other teams could emulate, while causing a significant change not only within the culture of FIRST but within the world itself. To accomplish this, we launched Project IFADS, (Increasing First Awareness in Deaf Schools) in order to get the FIRST message out to the Deaf community, through our unique relationship with the the New Jersey School for the Deaf - Katzenbach Campus. However, due to technical difficulties we were unable to submit our Chairman’s essay but our unique outlook won us the 2009 New Jersey Regional Judges Award. Furthermore, with the inclusion of deaf students on our team the first step towards the integration of the Deaf Community within FIRST had been taken. On the technical side we faced some major design challenges and time constraints which ultimately led to our substandard performance that year with the robot. However, taking these failures with stride we vowed never to repeat the same mistakes again

 

2007-2008

We geared up for our 2nd year as a full fledged robotics team, but unfortunately due to space constraints we were unable to use our old facility at the Ewing High School. Thankfully the New Jersey School for the Deaf - Katzenbach Campus, graciously allowed us to use their shop space which was extremely valuable to the team. It was at this point in time that we found our partnership with the Deaf School to be the defining backbone that would help us make a unique change in FIRST. This would eventually become the stepping stone to make our debut with project IFADS. While being only a recently created team we were able to stun everyone through our expert design which landed us with the title of being the 2nd fastest robot in the entire world. We came out as victors in the Chesapeake regional and eventually became a finalist within the Newton Division at the championships.

 

2006-2007

Until about 2006 we did not have an official robotics team and were just merely a small club of students interested in robotics. From our humble beginnings, we were allotted a small space within the abandoned wood shop at the Ewing High School. Through generous sponsorship from Johnson and Johnson, Janssen, Wachovia, and NASA we were able to fund ourselves and become a full fledged robotics team with just 15 team members. With just a small crew to start off with we went above and beyond expectations, even claiming the 2007 Rookie All Star Award, which celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. Being the "rookie" did not hold us back and through our success we made an increased effort to expand and grow FIRST Team 2016.

Accomplishments

2020: Infinite Recharge

  • To be determined!

2019: Destination: Deep Space

  • Midwest Regional Entrepreneurship Award

  • Springside Chestnut-Hill District Event Finalist

  • Springside Chestnut-Hill District Event Imagery Award

  • Bensalem District Event Imagery Award

  • District Championship Imagery Award

2018: FIRST Power Up

  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

  • Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories

  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

  • MAR District Championship Winner

2017: FIRST Steamworks

  • Rocket City Regional Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

  • Montgomery District Event Finalist

  • Montgomery District Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

  • Midnight Mayhem V Finalist

2016: FIRST Stronghold 

  • Hatboro-Horsham District Event Industrial Design Award

  • Seneca District Event Imagery Award

  • Seneca District Event Industrial Safety Award

  • Queen City Regional Quality Award

  • NNJ&MS 

2015: Recycle Rush 

  • South Florida Regional Finalists

  • South Florida Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

  • Seneca District Event Industrial Design Award

  • Bridgewater-Raritan District Event Finalists

  • Bridgewater-Raritan District Event Entrepreneurship Award

2014: Aerial Assist 

  • Hatboro-Horsham District Event Gracious Professionalism Award

  • Queen City Regional Engineering Inspiration Award

  • Queen City Regional Industrial Safety Award

  • Queen City Regional Entrepreneurship Award

  • MAR Championships Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

  • MAR Championships Volunteer of the Year Award

  • St. Louis World Championships Finalist - Curie Division

 

2013: Ultimate Ascent 

  • TCNJ District Event Industrial Design Award

  • Buckeye Regional Chairman's Award

  • Bridgewater-Raritan District Event Excellence in Engineering Award

  • Monty Madness Champions

 

2012: Rebound Rumble 

  • Hatboro-Horsham District Event Finalists

  • Rutgers District Event Finalists

  • New York City Regional Quarterfinalists

  • Hatboro-Horsham District Event Quality Award

  • Rutgers District Event Gracious Professionalism Award

  • New York City Regional Industrial Safety Award

  • New York City Regional Gracious Professionalism Award

  • Website Excellence Award

  • MAR Championships Finalists

  • Galileo Division Quarterfinalists at World Championships

 

2011: Logo Motion

  • Ramp Riot Champion

  • Ramp Riot Spirit Award

  • Monty Madness Finalist

  • Washington D.C. Regional Finalist

  • Washington D.C. Regional Judges Award

  • Washington D.C. Regional 2nd Place in Safety

  • St. Louis Championship Safety Pit Award

 

2010: Breakaway

  • New Jersey Regional Finalist

  • New Jersey Regional Team Spirit Award

  • Dallas Regional Champion

  • Dallas Regional Excellence in Engineering Award

  • Dallas Regional Chairman's Award

  • Best Bonus Score Award

  • Champion

  • Ramp Riot Finalist

  • Monty Madness Finalist

 

2009: Lunacy

  • New Jersey Regional Judges Award

 

2008: Overdrive

  • Chesapeake Regional Champion - Newton Division Finalist

 

2007: Rack ‘N Roll 

  • Rookie All Star Award