Student News: North Brunswick robotics competition goes medieval

This article originally appeared on, 11:32 a.m. EST November 10, 2016.

On Saturday, Nov.12, Raider Robotix-FRC Team 25 hosts Brunswick Eruption in their 15th off-season robotics competition at the North Brunswick Township High School.

Teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and beyond will be traveling to this event where FIRST Stronghold, the game from the 2016 FIRST robotics season, will be played for the last time by these teams.

Raider Robotix invites the community to attend and learn more about FIRST Robotics and also to bring non-perishable food donations for the local food pantry and gently used shoes for the Raiders’ shoe drive. Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks can be purchased at the event as well as souvenir T-shirts.

The doors for the Nov. 12 event will open at 8 a.m.

During the matches, teams will play First Stronghold, according to a news release. This is a medieval-inspired game in which two alliances made up of three robotics teams each will 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 obstacles placed on the field. 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. For more information on FIRST Robotics, visit

The Evil Sundae contest will be held prior to Elimination Matches, and awards to the competing robotics teams will be handed out at the end of the day. To learn more about Brunswick Eruption, visit or the Raider Robotix’s Facebook page at

Also during Brunswick Eruption, tickets for a pancake breakfast benefitting [sic] Raider Robotix-FRC Team 25 will be available. The pancake breakfast is being held Sunday, Dec. 11, at Applebee’s in Milltown. For only $10, participants will be served breakfast by a champion from Team 25.

Shoe Recycling Program Underway for 2013-2014

ShoeBox RecyclingOur Shoe Recycling program is continuous, running year-to-year and throughout the summer. It has turned out to be an important source of funding for the team, and we’re proud of what we’ve done to help the environment. A huge Raider Robotix thank you goes out to everyone who has made it possible though their donations.

If this is the first you’re hearing about our shoe drive, the concept is simple. Everyone has old shoes they’re no longer using. Maybe they’re outgrown, maybe they’re out of style, maybe you just don’t like them anymore. Still, those shoes are serviceable and you just feel rotten throwing them out. So there they are, taking up valuable space in the bottom of the closet, year after year.

Here’s what to do. Give them to us! We’ve partnered with Shoebox Recycling who recycles them to those in need. We collect and ship the shoes in exchange for cash, which goes directly to supporting the team. It’s a win-win-win-win proposition!

We accept all kinds of shoes – men’s, women’s, kids, as long as they’re complete pairs and reusable and re-wearable. Athletic shoes, dress shoes, casual shoes, work boots, sandals, heels, flats…. it’s all good. There are a few, though, that can’t be accepted. Flip flops, crocs, skates, etc. Here’s a cool color flyer that has all the details.

Okay, you’ve decided that yes, you can help us by donating your footwear. How do you get it to us? That’s easy, too! Simply email us ( and we’ll take it from there.

Maybe you’re wondering if you can take it to the next level. After all, if you have unwanted shoes in your closet, it’s likely your friends, family and co-workers do too. And the answer is yes, you can! We can arrange to get an attractive box to make collection easy. (See that flyer for a picture.) Then email us and we’ll get it picked up.

Did you notice the other flyer we use to publicize the program? We’ve got one of these in Microsoft Word format that you can customize or personalize. The blue box in the upper right corner is a perfect place for your own message, for example, The Acme Widget Corporation is proud to support Raider Robotix – FRC Team 25 by recycling used footwear! Donate today!

Thank you again for helping us with this most successful program. Over the years we’ve shipped thousands of pounds of shoes. It’s good for you, good for us, good for the planet AND its people.

Announcing the formation of Raider Robotix Parent & Mentor Association, Inc.

Our parent support organization, Raider Parent Mentors, has been incorporated as Raider Robotix Parent & Mentor Association, Inc. The newly formed corporation enjoys 501(3)(c) status as a charitable organization, as a member of Parent Boosters, USA.

The first annual meeting will be held at the High School August 8, 2013.

At this important meeting, members will vote on the Bylaws and Officers will be nominated for the coming school year.

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