Saturday, March 10, 2012


The Robotics Club in JFK High School, the "Pneubotic Mustangs", will be competing at Rutgers this weekend in the "REBOUND RUMBLE"... You can read all about the event at, HERE. 

The Pneubotic Mustangs are a member of the FIRST Robotics Organization.  FIRST means For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. 
"The organization's mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."  The FIRST website also said,  "FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills."

Photo Credit Tej Patel
The competition this weekend will take place at the College Avenue Gym at Rutgers University.  42 high school teams will compete over two days, from 8 AM to 6 PM.  According to the article, "The two-day event is open to the public and admission is free."

The article went on to explain that “...Rebound Rumble” is the FIRST version of basketball and its own “March Madness.” An alliance of three robots will compete against three other robots to pick up mini basketballs and shot them into hoops at each end of the playing field to score points. Each end of the field has four baskets at different heights for the robots to shoot at and score — with points varying according to each basket’s height. At the end of the match teams can score additional points by balancing one or more robots on one of three “seesaw” bridges at the center of the playing field. Opposing teams can cooperate to balance one robot from each alliance on the center bridge for valuable extra points. Each team will compete at least 12 times before 24 of the 42 teams make the finals."

This isn't the end of competitions for the Pneubotic Mustangs, because I hear that they will also be at the Mount Olive District Competition, which starts on March 30, 2012.  And... Who knows?  Maybe they'll also be moving on to higher levels of competition!!!

You can see the Pneubotic Mustang's website, with a lot of pretty technical photos, HERE...

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