Monday, June 10, 2013
There will be an open meeting for all elementary school students on Tuesday 7 p.m. at Jefferson School.
There will be an open meeting for all elementary students on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Jefferson School. This is an information session on robotics programs in the district with the intent of forming teams of students. Parent volunteers would be needed for two to four hours a week to host a small group; robotics background not required. Elementary principals are sharing the opportunity for students and their families to get involved. RSVPs are not required and attending the information session does not require a commitment. Information will be shared on the following Robotics/STEM competitions: 1) Jr. First Lego League (Ages 6-9). This is a competition for very young students. Students investigate a theme and create aPoster and a LEGO …
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Those interested in robots can check them out Wednesday night in the CHS cafeteria.
Interested in robotics? On Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria, robotics will be on display at a district-wide meeting. This is for all schools and all students who are interested in robotics. The two CHS teams will have their robots on display including the golfing robot. Teams will have videos from St. Louis, a preview of the robotics course at CHS which starts in the fall, and other news. Kids and families can sign up for robotics clubs at any of the elementary and middle schools that night.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The team is in St Louis; fans can watch the live stream from home
Update, 2:30 p.m.: A parent reports that the CHS team made it to the semi final round, but then lost -- so will not be headed to the final round. Their alliance was tied for 3rd overall. Great job to the whole team! Columbia High School is in the finals of the the robotics World Championship. A parent reporting from the scene says, "We've made it into the final rounds!!" The finals start Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m., St. Louis time. The link is here: FIRST is streaming the matches at http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/robotics/ Our field is FTC 1 or 2. 4 out of 5 NJ teams made it into the final rounds. Fans can also follow live tweets from Allan Tumolillo @AllanTumolillo on Twitter.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Saturday, 12 - 3, be there and bring your 'bots.
South Orange Middle School is hosting the Spring Fling Robotics Festival in the cafeteria. Find out about a wide range of robotics competitions that children can participate in from 2nd grade all the way through high school. Watch competitions, drive robots, even try hand at programming. Programs featured will be: FTC (First Tech Challenge)Columbia High School and Livingston High School will have their robots on display. (9th-12th grade) VEX Try your hand at driving a robot and scoring sacks! (6th-12th grade) FLL (First Lego League) See last year’s challenge and robots running the course (4th – 8th grade) Jr FLL (Junior First Lego League) 2nd and 3rd graders present their projects. (2nd and 3rd grade) Information about all these …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday's success means onto St. Louis!
Columbia High School Robotics is headed to the World Championship. After a successful trip to the Vermont State Championship, the CHS Varsity Robotics Team qualified for the World Championships in St. Louis in April. The Columbia High School Robotics Team has been to the world championship once already, in 2011. Congratulations!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Both CHS teams will compete on Saturday
Updated: Due to predictions of foul weather, the competition will be postponed, date TBD. Two robotics teams from Columbia High School teams have qualified for Saturday’s New Jersey State Championship at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, officials said Wednesday. The teams, Team 4102 (the Cougars) and Team 5332 (Cougar Current), will participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) division of the US FIRST robotics organization championship. Two teams from the state will qualify for the world championship in St. Louis. In addition to the robots, two CHS students are competing in the "video challenge" and in the "PTC design challenge." The video challenge has teams submit a team video that promotes robotics, the team and what the …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Local entrepreneurs provide more opportunities for local kids to learn about robotics.
Robotics is big in the two towns. After the Columbia High School team garnered national — and even interntaional — acclaim nearly two years ago, teams across the towns at all levels started popping up. Local dads Davin Czukoski and Chris Marbaix — who also happen to be engineers — saw the boom through their ongoing involvement in coaching their kids and their kids' teams. But it soon became obvious that the interest from the kids outpaced their parents' abilities to coach them. "Davin and I both had robotics teams locally," said Marbaix. "We were trying to get the FLL [First Lego League] teams organized within the neighborhood but found more kids who wanted to do it than parents who had time to coach or who knew how to do it, so we decided…
Monday, January 14, 2013
CHS Varsity and JV Robotics are headed to the state competition
Not only does it look fabulous, but this shiny marvel of electro-mechanical circuitry is crushing its competition. This high-performing robot was designed, created and programmed by the Columbia High School Varsity Robotics team. The team's robot finished on the winning alliance against 36 of the best robotics teams in New Jersey at Livingston High School Dec. 15. That stellar performance and others have qualified the team to advance to the state championship at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Feb. 9, where it will battle five other top teams for the state title. Not to be outdone, the JV team also qualified to advance to the state finals, competing as the finalist alliance at a Piscataway meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, and …
Friday, December 7, 2012
A South Orange Middle School team will compete on Saturday
A South Orange Middle School Robotics team coached by Davin Czukoski will compete in Saturday's state championship in Flanders, NJ. The Mutant Psycho Dolphins, which includes SOMS seventh and eighth graders, as well as an "honorary mascot member" from Marshall School, will compete against other successful teams in the FLL championship. Some of the Dolphins attended Sunday's Robotics event at Columbia High School. Good luck to the Dolphins!
Friday, November 30, 2012
RoboCATastrophe is open to the public.
Students, start your robots! Columbia High School hosts a Sunday tournament open to the public. The "RoboCATastrophe" is a qualification tournament for more than two dozen teams, where teams -- and robots -- representing three states will compete. Columbia's Cougars and Cougar Current invite students, members of the community and current robotics team members to the event in the cafeteria. The action begins around 10 a.m., when 28 teams will compete in five rounds each. Finals will take place around 4 p.m., when the best of the best compete for the win. The event is free, action-packed, and open to the public.