Welcome!

The FIRST Robotics Competition is not about machines; it is about the experience of people working together toward a shared goal.” – Dean Kamen

Welcome to the 2013-2014 FRC Season!

Talon

Aperture unveils its “Talon Varsity Emblem” for use on varsity letter and team jackets. Debuted May, 2012

Everyone on Aperture 3142 is excited about this year’s challenge, Aerial Assist, and were thrilled to be able to offer a workshop on Safety to our fellow teams attending the Kick-Off at The New Jersey Institute of Technology on January 4, 2014. Our Safety FIRST Team’s commitment to the education of safe practices in the lab, in the pit, and when traveling is a model for other teams and organizations who wish to ensure that their members avoid risk to themselves, bystanders, and their equipment. It was a great way for our team to start the official build season and live our mission with FIRST to work together to achieve success.

Our mission of service and education does not stop with FIRST teams but extends to our community as well. Our Kids Come FIRST eam has been busy getting kids excited about STEM with hands-on presentations for all ages, including those kids who are just kids-at-heart!

During our trip to St. Louis during the 2011-2012 season to attend the International Championship, our members met teams from all over the world and with the NASA Downlink ISS-Expedition 30presentation, astronauts. Conversations with those interested in advancing STEM have inspired us to be creative, inclusive, and even more determined to collaborate with fellow teams. With our varsity status we are helping to elevate academics and place it on par with athletics. Sharing our chenille emblem design for the back of our letter jacket with other teams, we assist others in spreading the mission of FIRST.

Our successes are shared. With support from our community, Board of Education, school administration, STEM partners, and families we are able to make these connections. With their aid we are able to ascend to each new level gaining knowledge, experience, and learn the value of collaboration. We are very grateful for everyone’s support.

Now that you have found us, we hope that you will have a look at our website and see what we have that might assist you. If you are already part of the FIRSTfamily we wish you good luck with your build and your upcoming competitions. We look forward to meeting you on the playing field! May gracious professionalism prevail and the best alliance win!

~Aperture 3142

Ei win

Engineering Inspiration win at Mt. Olive District Competition, 2012.

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