Fast Facts

as of 08/11/2017

9th Season (September 2017 – August 2018)

Membership:

  • No membership fees
  • Students grades 9-12
  • Mentors age 18+

Gender Ratios:

  • 34.5% Female – (10)
  • 65.5% Male – (19)
  • Achieved our goal of a 1:1 boy/girl ratio in 2015-16 season
  • 6th term with a female captain

 

STEM Careers:

  • 22 Internships earned through Aperture
  • 72% Graduates who are currently pursuing STEM
  • 44.4% Current seniors pursuing careers in STEM (4 of 9)
  • Last 11 years out of 12, graduates chose a career introduced through involvement with FIRST

 

Sponsorship:

  • Provides internships, jobs, traditional support (knowledge, supplies, funding)
  • 3 Primary Sponsors
  • 50+ Total Sponsors

 

Media Sources:

  • New Jersey Herald
  • Township Journal/Sparta Independent (Straus News)
  • TAPinto Newton
  • Robo-News team newsletter
  • Team Facebook and Instagram accounts

 

Awards:

4 International Championships (2010, 2012, 2015. 2017)

  • Special invitation to the 2013 Championship – Declined for financial reasons

 

IN-SEASON

Major:

5 – Engineering Inspiration Award

7 – Industrial Safety Award (Underwriters Laboratories)

2 – Imagery Award

2 – Creativity Award

3 – Entrepreneurship Award

1 – Innovation in Control Award (Rockwell Automation)

1 – All-Star Rookie Award

 

Minor:

19 – #1 Pit Safety Award, Star of the Day

2 – Alliance Captain, Finalist

10 – Dean’s List, Semi-Finalist

2 – Alliance Semi-Finalist

1 – Woodie Flowers Award, Semi-Finalist

1 – Woodie Flowers Award, Finalist

 

OFF-SEASON

1 – Woodie Flowers Jr. Award

2 – Alliance Winner

1 – Alliance Semifinalist

6 – Miscellaneous from FIRST Teams

 

Education and Service Outreach:

  • 15+ Events per season
  • Community clean-ups, robot demonstrations, NJ State Fair

 

Service to FIRST:

We serve as mentors, judges, volunteers, and ambassadors at events

  • Hosted an FLL regional competition
  • Mentored FRC teams: 5
  • Mentored FTC teams: 1
  • Mentored FLL teams: 5
  • Fully funded FLL teams: 2

 

Safety Training:

  • Safety presentation at NJIT FRC Kick-Off
  • Safety training/presentations at our STEM Lab with team members and other guest teams
  • Provided Safety Products, Information, and Advice to:
    • MAR FRC District Event teams
    • MAR FRC District Championship teams
    • FRC International Championship teams

 

Varsity:

  • 1st public school to attain varsity in NJ; 3rd school overall
  • Provided varsity aid to FRC and FTC teams
  • Worked with NJ legislators to pass a bill that allows for all public schools in NJ to grant varsity to robotics teams

 

Created:

  • Varsity robotics emblem for letter jacket (available nationally through manufacturer)/ Gold Robotics Pin
  • STEAM Time – Weekly STEAM activities with special needs elementary students
  • STEM Barn at the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show
  • Robo-News bi-monthly newsletter
  • TAPinto Newton news column
  • Three Jr. Lego robotics clubs
  • Kids Come FIRST – STEM activities and crafts for children