In the Fall of 1995, Wolfgang Schneider, chair of the Hillsborough High School science department, found FIRST to be an unusual learning experience. Wolfgang noted: "This entire experience has accomplished exactly what its organizers said it would, that being, giving students hands-on experience with the sciences and engineering, while making the learning process engaging and fun." The team, composed of fifteen Hillsborough High School students, accompanied by physics teacher Steve Grabowski, teamed up with engineers from Ethicon, Inc, a Johnson & Johnson company, to participate in a robotics demonstration held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey and competed in the 1996 USFIRST National Championships. This team started a RoboRaiders tradition of excellence in competition that would be passed on to future teams.
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