BoroBlast, the annual FLL event, was on November 19th, 2016. Hosted by HHS’s Robotics Team since 2006, 26 FLL teams were welcomed for an exciting and intense competition. There were around 30 matches of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, where many capable and unique elementary and middle school student teams demonstrated their ingenuity and innovation.This year’s theme was Animal Allies, and each challenging event was related to animal conservation and care. In each match, two teams competed to complete as many challenges possible in the shortest amount of time. Each FLL team showed diligence and enthusiasm through their robot, their unique team presentations, their use of strategy, and their overall gracious professionalism. The parents and coaches proved to be very involved and showed great zeal in their children’s passion for robotics. This year’s BoroBlast was overall successful, and Team 75 looks forward to hosting again!
This year, Team 75 conducted our 5th annual Central Jersey Science Fair and once again, we had immense participation from various age groups from all around New Jersey. Starting as a district science fair, our fair has grown every year and has been a huge success! We had approximately 35 projects and 80 participants with over 150 visitors! Students came from Hillsborough, Bridgewater and Bound Brook to show off their exciting and innovative projects. We had three age groups with 3 awards presented to each group.
Here are the awards for all of the age groups:
What a great start to a new year's game! On Saturday March 5th, Team 75 competed at Mount Olive District Competition, a qualifying event for the Mid-Atlantic Regional. At this competition, Team 75, competed with their robot as well as submitted for the Chairman's award. The two days were filled with excitement, loud cheering and interactive pit presence. At the end of qualification matches, Team 75 ranked 11th and was given the position of 8th alliance team captain. During quarter finals, Team 75 defeated the #1 alliance in a three match quarter final before going on to semi finals. Unfortunately, we lost during the second match of semi finals. To round off a perfect weekend, during award ceremonies, Team 75 walked away with the Gracious Professionalism Award. Thank you to everyone who made this event successful! Hope to see everyone at Bridgewater-Raritan!
Over the course of two weeks during summer of 2015, Team 75 hosted Summer Enrichment camp with approximately 50 kids attending. Fellow Roboraiders taught these kids how to build and program NXT robots, and how to use them to address the FLL challenge, Nature's Fury. Team 75 counselors worked with individual groups to build their NXT's, along with emphasizing on them collaboration, teamwork, and problem-solving skills. Each camp ended with groups facing off head-head in FLL competition format, followed by a demo of a Team 75 robot.
Over the summer, Team 75 joined up with JEI Learning Center to teach kids how to program LEGO robots. It was fun interacting with the kids and instructing them how to make presentations about their imaginary apps. Seeing the kid's eyes light up with excitement like fireworks in the night sky at the chance to experience something new was a rewarding feeling for the four RoboRaiders who attended the program. The team members and the kids worked together to practice public speaking.
The TENTH annual Monty Madness will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Montgomery High School. Our drive team competed against other robots at this off season competition and emerged victorious in first place. Monty Madness, which started in 2006, is another event that not only brings together teams from different regions but also is attended by many members of our community. In the past few years the list of attendees has expanded to include over forty teams. Monty Madness is held in May each year.
On August 13th, our team was part of the 1st ever Rutgers Mini-Maker Conference, held on Rutger's campus, where over 50 teachers from around the state of New Jersey met to learn more about Makerspace and getting technology into schools. Our team was their showing off NXT robots, along with demoing our robot and providing teachers information about FIRST and how to get teams started in their area in a vending session. Later, we also sat on a panel with, presenting the mission of FIRST and how FIRST objectives align with those of the NJ Makerspace organization.
Over the summer, Team 75 attended many demos to show off our robot and spread more knowledge about the team. The 4H Fair was a day long event where kids from all over the Somerset County visited the many attractions that this fair had to offer. This Fair recognizes the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members and is a showcase for visitors to see a wide variety of 4-H projects in action. Daily events include dog, horse and livestock shows, twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, and a variety of animals. Team 75 set up demo in one of the tents to promote STEM and the message of FIRST. From morning to late in the afternoon, our demo robot attracted a mass of children, interested in driving and interacting with the robot.
For the Boy Scout's Demo on June 19th, we brought the 2012 robot and demonstrated it as part of the meeting. During the meeting, the kids were rotating between stations. The demo robot was part of a station.
On January 18, 2016, Team 75 held a bake sale at our Johnson and Johnson cafeteria. In the morning, members of our teams brought in car loads of baked goods, from pound cake to oatmeal cookies. The bake sale ran for four hours, with the help of our mentors and parent volunteers. Two groups split up to cover both the North and South buildings at Johnson & Johnson. Many Johnson & Johnson employees stopped by and inquired about our team. We introduced FIRST to many of the workers who were unfamiliar with it by explaining what Team 75 does as a whole and within the FIRST program as well as for the community. The Bake Sale was a success!