After only its 3rd year in existence, the High School East Robotics Team, named Raiders-ShortCircuits, was invited to compete at the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) World Championship in Detroit, Michigan from April 24 - 28.  At the World Championship, the team will compete against student roboticists from every state in the country and competitors around the world. They will learn together at STEAM workshops, explore and participate at the FIRST Innovation Faire (modeled on the World Makerfaire) and meet with many universities along Scholarship Row.  

This exciting program is coordinated by FTC and supported by many of the leading technology corporations in the world today. Specifically, FTC is a program for students to learn about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Through this program, students have the opportunity to expand their college and career interests towards these growing fields. This year, our four district robotics teams hosted one of these challenges where the teams designed, built, and programmed robots. Each year, FTC releases a new challenge requiring the students to modify and redesign a robot.

The district's robotics program has reached many young people over the past four years and it continues to grow.  Currently, over 20 high school students from HS East, HS North, and HS South meet twice weekly after school to design, build, and program robots. These students also volunteer to provide outreach programs, such as robotics workshops, to elementary, middle school, and special education students throughout the year.  

The Raiders-ShortCirucits team is no stranger to competition.  They have attended four New Jersey competitions and two local scrimmages this year.  Recently, they won the FIRST Connect Award at a challenge because of the STEM outreach they provide in the community. In addition to competing, the team spends time at Silver Bay Elementary School for Family Engineering Night and for NJ Makers Day, East Dover Elementary School for Family Engineering Night, the district-planned Jersey Shore MakerFest, the school-wide Hour of Code at HS East, the High School Family Coding Engineering Night, the Autism Academy at HS East, the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Spring Robotics and Engineering Expo at Monmouth Mall, and the team will travel to Children’s Specialized Hospital (see story below) in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in sponsoring the team, please call (732) 505-5665 or send an email to  Sponsors of the World Championships will also be recognized as supporters for the 2018-2019 season. The team is also hosting two other events: Applebee's FlapJacks Breakfast on April 22 from 8-10 am and Chipotle’s Dine-out Night on April 30.


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The High School East Robotics Team was invited to compete at the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship in Detroit, MI at the end of this month!

Robotics Teams Visit Children's Specialized Hospital

Members of the HSE and HSS robotics teams retrofitted race cars at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River as part of an outreach program called GoBabyGo.

Dana Thomsen, a pediatric physical therapist at the hospital, connected TRRS students with this extraordinary learning experience. Children’s Specialized Hospital is an outpatient rehabilitation hospital that services children in our local community who have a variety of special needs.

The premise of GoBabyGo is to take the electric ride-on-toys you can purchase in stores and adapt them electrically so that kids can access the start and stop component of the car as well have adaptive seating.

Supervisor of Educational Technology Tiffany Lucey commented that, “As a district, we are always looking to connect passion with compassion. We are fortunate to have students and a leadership team dedicated to making life better for children.”  

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