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FRC Team 303: The TEST Team

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Who are We?

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 303: The TEST Team is the robotics team of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School. The team participates in two robotics competitions each year: FIRST Robotics Competition(FRC) in the winter/early spring and FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC) in the fall. Teams involved in the competition find out about the game at the same time worldwide. They have six weeks to design, build, and test their robots before traveling to a variety of venues, competing with other teams from all over the world.

Team 303 is supported by many corporate and local sponsors. These sponsors support the team financially, supply mentors and services, such as sheet metal fabrication, enabling the team members to have the best possible experience, and learn many skills that are applicable to many future professions.



FIRST


What is FIRST?

FIRST, or For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an organization founded "to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders”. FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor, Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers. It started with only twenty eight teams in a New Hampshire high school gymnasium, and now it reaches 250,000 young people every year. Students can compete in four different levels of competition ranging from first grade through high school.

Competitions

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
The largest scale competition featuring robots that can weigh up to 120 pounds. This is what Team 303 focuses most of its resources on. It starts in January, and runs through April.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
A smaller scale competition with a smaller price tag. The team has three FTC teams and uses them to train rookie members in the fall.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
A competition focused on building a LEGO Mindstorms robot to solve a series of challenges quickly and efficiently. Team 303 mentors several FLL teams.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.)
A simpler LEGO competition aimed at younger children to show them the importance of engineering.

Get involved

Whether you're a student, parent, teacher, or professional, getting involved in FIRST is a life-changing decision. Students have the opportunity to be part of an unconventional school team, learn a massive amount, have opportunities to get a piece of the twenty million dollars of scholarship money that FIRST gives annually, and just have an amazing high school experience. Parents have the opportunity to work with their kids and others. Many team mentors used to help for the sake of their children, but once their kids graduated, they remained with the team. Professionals have the chance to practice their skills in a unique setting and pass them along to the next generation.



Sponsors

Strategic Partners


Gold Level Sponsors


Silver Level Sponsors


Bronze Level Sponsors

  • Fullerton Ford

  • The Prudential Foundation

  • The Stark Family

  • The Steele Family

  • The Trivedi Family


History

The Story

Beginnings (1999 - 2006)

FRC Team 303: Vulgen's Heroes was created in 1999 as a partnership between Bihler of America, the Midland school and Pingry Academy. After the first season, Pingry decided to not participate further, and the Bridgewater-Raritan High School took their place. Throughout the next several years, the Midland-BRHS-Bihler partnership was incredibly successful. The BRHS and Midland students had the opportunity to work alongside real engineers to solve the fun challenge that FIRST created every year. Then Bihler engineers enjoyed the challenge of building the robot within very tight deadlines. After the second season, the team also changed its name from Vulgen's Heroes to Panther Robotics (a reference to the mascot of BRHS). Throughout this time period, Team 303 took home numerous robot awards and event victories.


Relocation (2007)

After a couple of successful seasons for the team, Bihler could no longer allow their facilities to be used by the team. This was massively problematic to the team since their workspace, mentors, and funding all originated from Bihler. The team went searching for a new sponsor, but because of these unfortunate events Midland also decided to leave the team. Team 303 was now exclusively part of the Bridgewater-Raritan High School. As the 2007 season approached, things began to look up: while the team did not have one big sponsor to replace Bihler, many smaller donations started to fill the gap, but the team was still in desperate need of a build site. After looking at classrooms, students' garages, and other solutions, Pressure Tube Manufacturing (PTM), stepped in, and allowed Panther Robotics the use of its facilities.


303 Renaissance (2008 - 2010)

With their newfound stability, Team 303 went through an era of massive growth and development. Like they had done with Midland, the team continued to give back to the community by raking leaves and shoveling snow for the elderly. In addition, they created an engineering program for fourth/fifth graders to attend after school. The team also started an off-season event called the Bridgewater-Raritan Battle Royale (BR2) that occurred every year in late May and was attended by around thirty teams. Along the way we started several green initiatives such as recycling metal scraps and cans, collecting old cell phones and electronics, and cleaning up its high school. These activities benefited both the team and the community. The growth of the team culminated with its successful 2010 season, in which it made waves in both the New Jersey and Connecticut Regionals by making it into semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively, and running a strategy booth to help every team maximize their scouting information.


A New Era (2011)

At the end of 2011, Team 303 became homeless once more when PTM decided that they could no longer provide a workspace for the team. Fortunately, Team 303 quickly found a temporary workspace at STS Tire & Auto Center that would give them a place to work during the build season. That temporary workspace turned into a strong partnership and a permanent home for the team that is still near and dear to the hearts of Team 303 members. 2011 was a huge year for the team; it won both the New Jersey and Philadelphia Regionals, and made it into eliminations at the World Championship. In the summer that followed, the team formed the Student Leadership Council (SLC). The creation of the SLC was a huge milestone that marked a large transition of power from the mentors/advisors to the students.


Testing... (2012 - Present)

The team’s transformation was complete in 2012 when they decided that neither the red/black color scheme nor the panther mascot were very unique. After a big image change, Panther Robotics became the TEST Team with a unique teal color and festive test pattern logo. TEST stands for Technologists, Engineers, Students, and Teachers, the major groups that make up the team. The change was a massive success that led to the team winning an Imagery Award at their second competition of the season. 2013 was an even better season for the team, especially after a lackluster robot performance in 2012. This was the first year of the team’s MAR district event at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, which is still thriving to this day. As one of the top teams in the region, the team qualified for the 2013 World Championship. The team was alliance captain and went on to win the Newton Division, advancing to Einstein and finishing third. Team 303 had another monumental year in 2014, not only winning the Chairman's award for the first time at a district event, but again at the MAR Championship, beating teams who had been winning it consistently for years. The future only looks bright for TEST Team 303: they recently acquired a major new sponsor that will bring their robots to the next level by adding metal fabrication to the team's tool kit. The team’s district event has grown exponentially, and is expecting 3,000 guests this year. But, no matter what happens in the future, the team has shown its ability to conquer any challenge and be a source of inspiration in its school, community, and world.


Game:
Double Trouble
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Display

Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlantic Regional
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
March 18th - March 20th, 1999
Awards:
Judge's Award

2000 ×
Game:
Co-operation FIRST
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Display

Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlantic Regional
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
March 16th - March 18th, 2000
Awards:
Featherweight in the Finals
National Championship
Location:
Orlando, FL
Date:
April 6th - April 8th, 2000

1999 2001 ×
Game:
Diabolical Dynamics
Status:
Scrapped
Use:
Parts

Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlantic Regional
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
March 15th - March 17th, 2001
Rank:
1st
Awards:
Regional Finalist
Delphi "Driving Tomorrow's Technology"

2000 2002 ×
Game:
Zone Zeal
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Display

Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlantic Regional
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
March 21st - March 23rd, 2002
Record:
5-8-1
Awards:
Johnson & Johnson Sportsmanship Award
Galileo Division
Location:
Orlando, FL
Date:
April 25th - April 27th, 2002
Awards:
Division Finalist

2001 2003 ×
Game:
Stack Attack
Name:
The Fridge
Status:
Scrapped
Use:
Parts

Chesapeake Regional
Location:
Annapolis, MD
Date:
March 13th - March 15th, 2003
Record:
4-4-0
Awards:
Motorola Quality Award
Johnson & Johnson Mid-Atlantic Regional
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
April 3rd - April 5th, 2003
Record:
6-6-0
Awards:
GM Industrial Design Award
Galileo Division
Location:
Houston, TX
Date:
April 10th - April 12th, 2003
Record:
6-2-0

2002 2004 ×
Game:
FIRST Frenzy
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Display

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 4th - March 6th, 2004
Record:
5-3-0
Awards:
Regional Winner
Xerox Creativity Award
Chesapeake Regional
Location:
Annapolis, MD
Date:
March 18th - March 20th, 2004
Record:
11-3-0
Awards:
Regional Finalist
General Motors Industrial Design Award
Newton Division
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Date:
April 15th - April 17th, 2004
Record:
4-3-0

2003 2005 ×
Game:
Triple Play
Status:
Scrapped
Use:
Parts

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 17th - March 19th, 2005
Record:
9-7-0

2004 2006 ×
Game:
Aim High
Status:
Scrapped
Use:
Parts

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 2nd - March 4th, 2006
Record:
5-6-0
Chesapeake Regional
Location:
Annapolis, MD
Date:
March 16th - March 18th, 2006
Record:
5-5-1
Awards:
Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award

2005 2007 ×
Game:
Rack 'n' Roll
Status:
Scrapped
Use:
Parts

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 1st - March 3rd, 2007
Rank:
50th
Record:
2-5-0

2006 2008 ×
Game:
FIRST Overdrive
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Displayed

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
February 28th - March 1st, 2008
Rank:
28th
Record:
4-6-0
Awards:
Autodesk Visualization Award
Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award
Archimedes Division
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Date:
April 17th - April 19th, 2008
Rank:
23rd
Record:
4-3-0

2007 2009 ×
Game:
Lunacy
Status:
Decommissioned
Use:
Display

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
February 26th - February 28th, 2009
Record:
3-3-1
Chesapeake Regional
Location:
Annapolis, MD
Date:
March 19th - March 21st, 2009
Rank:
44th
Record:
2-5-0
Galileo Division
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Date:
April 16th - April 18th, 2009
Rank:
40th
Record:
3-3-1

2008 2010 ×
Game:
Breakaway
Status:
Working
Use:
Scrimmage, Demonstration

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 5th - March 7th, 2010
Record:
10-4-0
Northeast Utilities FIRST Connecticut Regional
Location:
Hartford, CT
Date:
April 1st - April 3rd, 2010
Record:
7-5-0

2009 2011 ×
Game:
Logo Motion
Status:
Broken
Use:
Display

New Jersey Regional
Location:
Trenton, NJ
Date:
March 3rd - March 5th, 2011
Rank:
16th
Record:
11-3-1
Awards:
Regional Winner
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
Philadelphia Regional
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Date:
April 7th - April 9th, 2011
Rank:
30th
Record:
10-7-0
Awards:
Regional Winner
Archimedes Division
Location:
St. Louis, MO
Date:
April 27th - April 30th, 2011
Rank:
51st
Record:
5-8-0

2010 2012 ×
Game:
Rebound Rumble
Status:
Partially Operational
Use:
Demonstration

Rutgers University MAR District
Location:
New Brunswick, NJ
Date:
March 10th - March 11th, 2012
Rank:
27th
Record:
6-7-0
Mt. Olive MAR District
Location:
Flanders, NJ
Date:
March 31st - April 1st, 2012
Rank:
14th
Record:
7-7-0
Awards:
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship
Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Date:
April 12th - April 14th, 2012
Rank:
10th
Record:
8-4-0

2011 2013 ×
Game:
Ultimate Ascent
Name:
Bernoulli
Status:
Working
Use:
Demonstration

TCNJ MAR District
Location:
Ewing, NJ
Date:
March 15th - March 16th, 2013
Rank:
10th
Record:
9-8-0
Awards:
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi
Mt. Olive MAR District
Location:
Flanders, NJ
Date:
March 23rd - March 24th, 2013
Rank:
9th
Record:
9-6-1
Awards:
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola
Bridgewater-Raritan MAR District
Location:
Bridgewater, NJ
Date:
April 6th - April 7th, 2013
Rank:
7th
Record:
10-5-0
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship
Location:
Bethlehem, PA
Date:
April 11th - April 13th, 2013
Rank:
3th
Record:
10-4-0

2012 2014 ×
Game:
Aerial Assist
Name:
Ugly Betty
Status:
Working
Use:
Offseason Competition, Demonstration

Hatboro-Horsham MAR District
Location:
Hatboro-Horsham, PA
Date:
March 1st - March 2nd, 2014
Rank:
7th
Record:
9-6-0
Awards:
Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler
Clifton MAR District
Location:
Clifton, NJ
Date:
March 15th - March 16th, 2014
Rank:
20th
Record:
7-8-0
Awards:
District Chairman's Award
Buckeye Regional
Location:
Cleveland, OH
Date:
March 20th - March 22nd, 2014
Rank:
21th
Record:
7-7-0
Bridgewater-Raritan MAR District
Location:
Bridgewater, NJ
Date:
March 29th - March 30th, 2014
Rank:
1st
Record:
13-4-0
Mid-Atlantic Robotics FRC Region Championship
Location:
Bethlehem, PA
Date:
April 10th - April 12th, 2014
Rank:
34th
Record:
5-9-0
Awards:
Regional Chairman's Award
Galileo Division
Location:
St. Louis, MO
Date:
April 24th - April 26th, 2014
Rank:
50th
Record:
5-5-0

2013 ×

Organization

Students

Students on Team 303 are split into two categories: build and team development (TD). The build team focuses on everything related to the robot, and team development focuses on the general operations of the team such as imagery, fundraising, awards, and outreach. The build team and TD team support each other in many ways. The build team always comes to support outreach events, such as the 4H fair and team development always cheering for the robot at competitions. Within the two halves, there are eight sub-teams so students can focus on more specialized tasks.

Build

Mechanical
Builds the physical structure of the robot.
Electrical
Implements all of the robot’s electrical components.
Programming
Designs the code that runs the robot.
CAD
Precisely designs the robot and modeling parts for 3D printing or metal fabrication.
Strategy
Leads the robot design process, drive team selection, and competition scouting/pick lists.

Team Development

Funding
Runs fundraisers and works with sponsors to make sure the team is financially stable.
Outreach
Makes sure the team is always giving back to the community in new and creative ways.
Media
Works with the media to give the team exposure as well as photographing and videotaping events.

Parents/Mentors

The team’s parents and mentors are part of an organization called Team 303 RAMP, or, the Robotics Alliance of Mentors and Parents. Team 303 RAMP is a 501(c)3 organization. It works to support the students by mentoring them, providing additional funding, and organizing things such as concession stands at events and travel arrangements.


Visit the Team 303 RAMP Website

Leadership

Name Class Position
Tyler Stark 2015 Build Captain
Christine Cai 2016 Team Development Captain
Remo Colarusso III 2015 Mechanical Lead
Peter Colarusso 2015 Electrical Lead
Matt Schueler 2015 Programming Lead
Tanay Trivedi 2015 Strategy Lead
Colleen Clancey 2015 Fundraising Lead
Lakshna Mageshkumar 2016 Awards Lead
Sonia Gupta 2017 Media Lead
Jack Steele 2016 CAD Lead
Name Field Role on Team
Lauren Dahl Team Advisor Team organization, travel arrangements, school contact.
Mike Scott Mechanical Engineering Primary build and pit mentor
Jodi Stark Design and Production Management Primary team development and photography mentor
Jeff Steele Electrical/Computer Engineering Electrical and programming mentor and 4H organizer
Ed Schueler Software Engineering Programming mentor
Christine Schueler Web Development Website mentor
George Ackley Communications Awards mentor
Name Position
Ray Zaman President
Jeff Steele Vice President
Linda Kaufman Secretary
Lorraine Colarusso Co-Treasurer
Nagesh Rajanal Co-Treasurer
Diane Botsford Concessions Manager
Nelson Botsford Member at Large
Francine Heitmueler Member at Large
Edward Schueler Member at Large

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FIRST Robotics Competition Team 303
Bridgewater-Raritan High School
600 Garretson Road
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807


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STS Tire & Auto Center
1 STS Drive
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807