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 email@example.com. 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.