Raider Robotix Team Wins World Competition

Originally published on the front page of The Sentinel May 3, 2012. While the link lasts, you can see the article on their site.

Raider Robotix Team Wins World Competition
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North Brunswick Township High School’s Raider Robotix Team 25 won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) world championship competition this past weekend.

Four hundred teams from the United States, Brazil, Israel, Canada, Taiwan and Mexico participated at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis from April 25 to 28. All teams qualified for the championship either by winning at district or regional competitions over the past several months.

The teams were divided into the Einstein, Archemedes, Curie and Newton divisions. The winning alliance of each division faced off against the other division winners for the title of champion. The challenge was to score points during a robot basketball game.

North Brunswick was aligned with Team 180 S.P.A.M. from Stuart, Fla., and Team 16 Bomb Squad from Mountain Home, Ark. The alliance won 2-0 in the semifinals and finals of each competition.

“The competition was absolutely crazy, especially on the Einstein field. Seeing and hearing tens of thousands of people cheering for us was so intense and thrilling. It was so loud and energetic and I hope to experience it again next year,” Joey Ikuss said.

“Competing against the best robots in the world in front of thousands of cheering people was truly amazing and is something I will never forget. Not only that, but seeing our team’s hours of work pay off on the highest level was truly inspiring,” his brother, Tommy Ikuss, said.

Raider Robotix has now won each of the four world championship divisions, and will display a flag from each along with their new World Champion banner. The team previously won the world championship in 2000.

The team is sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, Day Tool Co., J.C. Penney of East Brunswick, the North Brunswick Township Board of Education and the Raider Robotix Parent Mentors.

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