First World Championships Advance Team 7350 in Robotics Challenge

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Team 7350, Watt NXT, advances again to the FIRST World Championship on Sunday March 19, 2017! Last weekend, Watt NXT competed alongside 75 of the best teams on the East Coast at the East Super Regional Championship in Scranton, Pennsylvania for a chance to compete at the highly coveted World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

Watt NXT is a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team based in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Composed of members spanning grades 8 to 12 from Edison Township and Metuchen schools, this team is determined to spread enthusiasm for STEM education. The team connects with engineering mentors, employ creative designs for their robot and be innovative when executing them, and most importantly - spread the love of science, technology, engineering, math, and FIRST throughout the community. The team also helps their local community understand FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the team itself. At the end of last month, the team also participated in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Championships and won the prestigious Control and Connect Awards, respectively, making them eligible to participate in the East Coast Super Regional Championship.

 

This past weekend, Watt NXT was nominated for the Think and Motivate Awards which allowed the team to advance to the World Championship. The Think Award is given to the team that the judges feel best understood the role of the engineering notebook in the design process. The engineering notebook is the key reference for judges to help them identify the most deserving team. This engineering notebook focused on the design and build stages of the team's robot and exemplified their journey as a team and engineers. Watt NXT was also nominated for the Motivate Award because they exemplified the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and exhibited enthusiasm. The team celebrated their team, their individuality and their spirit through team attire, and exhibits their outstanding team spirit. Watt NXT's enthusiasm and spirit motivates others to embrace the culture of the competition and FIRST. The team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community. The team was also ranked 8th place in their division, Hopper Division.

 


Coach Jim Carr and Dr. Gregory Ryan are very proud of the team's victory. The team's slogan "SAY WATT?" was heard resonating often during the competition with the bellowing response of "WATT!". Watt NXT's main goal is the vehement diffusion of robotic technologies through the passing on of applicable knowledge in the spheres of robotics, electronics, mechanics and other engineering sciences. This dissemination of know-how is spread in all the ways possible, such as between coworkers, passed down the chain by mentors, as experience from peers, and by the sharing of information gotten through electronic and analogous media. The goal can only be accomplished by transmitting technical skills to the people who are part of Watt NXT. By doing so, team members work toward the community focus for which Watt NXT strives to enlighten our city through community activities. More than technical capacity, Watt NXT means a love for science, engineering, a passion for understanding and changing the world around us for the better. Watt NXT also strives to bring outreach efforts to an international level by founding and mentoring teams located in areas with limited exposure to FIRST, robotics and STEM education.

 

This past summer, Watt NXT was also invited to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Camp in Coventry, CT and taught robotics classes to students with physical disabilities like Duchenne muscular dystrophy. With robotics increasingly bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds, our work with professional scientists and engineers and our mentors at PTC Therapeutics and MDA has allowed us to improve our approach and come up with new ideas to incorporate into our design and outreach. Our mentors are a key part in the success we have enjoyed in designing our robot and in our daily lives as wells.

 

Watt NXT will be competing at the 2017 FIRST World Championship at Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26-29, 2017.

 

Anyone wanting to know more about the team can visit the website SAYWATT.net or contact the team by email info@wattnxt.org.

 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for robotics, science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. This organization consists of more than 130,000 Mentors, Coaches, and Volunteers from more than 80 countries.

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