Raider Robotix will be at Heritage Day Sept. 24 in North Brunswick

PRESS RELEASE 09-16-2016 North Brunswick, NJ: The North Brunswick Township High School’s robotics team robot that competed in the World Championships FIRST Robotics Stronghold game April 27-30, 2016 in St. Louis will be making an appearance September 24 at the North Brunswick Township’s 34th Annual Heritage Day. The Raider Robotix booth will be open from about 1 pm to 5 pm and will also collect shoes as part of its ongoing Shoe Drive fundraiser. Information on Raider Robotix, Brunswick Eruption and FIRST will be available. So, come down to see the robot in action and bring wearable, used shoes to donate! Heritage Day has a rain date Sunday, September 25.

The next robotics event for the Raider Robotix team is Brunswick Eruption, the FRC Team 25’s off-season event scheduled to be held at the North Brunswick Township High School on November 12, 2016. Robot teams from the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District and elsewhere will compete against each other at this event. To learn more about Brunswick Eruption, please visit www.raiderrobotix.org or the Raider Robotix’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BrunswickEruption. Public admission and seating are free.

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More about the Robot and 2016 FIRST FRC Robotics competition: The robot, Evil Machine, was designed and built by NBTHS Raider Robotix FRC Team 25 team members during the 2016 robotics season, their 20th year of competition. The team gained recognition and status during competition, showing that Team 25 is a force to be reckoned with.

In addition to being the #3 seeded team in their division at the St. Louis World Championships, Raider Robotix also finished as a Finalist and #11 ranked team within the Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) District Championships held April 13 – 16, a Finalist and #2 seeded team at the MAR district competition at Bridgewater-Raritan held April 1 – 3, and the #1 seeded team at the MAR district competition at Hatboro-Horsham held March 4 – 6.

Raider Robotix also won two Judges’ Awards during the 2016 FIRST Robotics competition season. The robot proved to be highly consistent in climbing for additional points, and in fact, had the highest amount of points for climbing across all 8 divisions at the FIRST World Championship. Due to the Raider Robotix climbing mechanism’s design, the robot’s custom drive train wheels, and the ability to quickly score boulders in the low goal both in autonomous mode and under operator control, a panel of industry professional judges awarded Raider Robotix the General Motors-sponsored Industrial Design Award, which “celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge” during the Bridgewater-Raritan MAR District Event. At the Hatboro-Horsham MAR District Event held in Horsham, PA, Raider Robotix was also awarded the Johnson & Johnson-sponsored Gracious Professional award, for “outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous gracious professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.”

In the 2016 robotics season, FRC teams played against each other in FIRST STRONGHOLD, a medieval-inspired game in which two alliances made up of three robots each try to capture their opponents’ castle tower by scoring balls, or “boulders”, into openings. Each boulder scored through an upper story window or ground-level goal earns the alliance points and reduces the tower’s strength. If enough boulders are scored, the tower becomes weakened and can be “captured” for bonus points if all three robots surround it at the end of the match. In addition to scoring boulders, points are earned for driving over or through a variety of different obstacles defenders place on the field to protect their tower. In the last 20 seconds of the game, robots may also attempt to climb the opponent’s castle wall for additional points by grabbing a 6.5-foot-tall rung and elevating at least 2 feet off the ground. During the robotics season, all FIRST events are open to the public and admission for seating is free. Please visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc for more information on FIRST Robotics. The Raider Robotics Team will have a booth at North Brunswick’s Heritage Day Festival September 24, 2016 for those who are interested in finding out more about the Team and FIRST Robotics.

More about Raider Robotix FRC Team 25: Founded twenty years ago in 1996 at North Brunswick Township High School, NJ, this team has been a two-time world champion during the FIRST Robotics FRC Competition in 2000 and 2012. Team 25 has competed in District and Regional matches and has traveled to the World Championships each year since its founding. Raider Robotix is comprised of NBTHS students and mentored by adult volunteers. This highly competitive FRC Championship Robotics team participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2014 and has been featured on television, in books and news articles as well. Raider Robotix has secured sponsorship from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Becton Dickinson (BD), ABBE Lumber, American Alloy Fabricators, Inc., North Brunswick Township High School and the Raider Robotix Parent and Mentor Assoc., Inc. for the 2016 season, and continues with fundraising efforts. http://www.raiderrobotix.org https://www.facebook.com/RaiderRobotix/?fref=ts.
More about FIRST and Stronghold: More than 3,000 teams comprised of over 78,000 students worldwide competed in the FIRST STRONGHOLD game in 2016. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement of sport along with the rigors of science and technology. High school student teams comprising kids ages 14-18 in grades 9-12 build and program a robot in six weeks’ time to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. The teams not only sharpen their teamwork skills, but they raise funds and design a team “brand.” Team members come away with an experience that’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a high school student can get. Over a seven week period, these high school teams competed as family and friends cheered from the stands at over 120 multi-day events worldwide. All this led up to the 2016 FIRST Championship at the Edward Jones Dome held April 27-30, 2016 in St. Louis, MO. During FIRST events, the public is invited to attend at no charge. http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc