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THE 2017-18 ENFORCERS FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAM
We are looking for the best and brightest ... We are looking for YOU!!!
Builders, Writers, Programmers, Designers, Fundraisers
JOIN US AT OUR OPEN HOUSE JULY 1, 10AM-2PM
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Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science, technology and business, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is the ultimate sport for the Mind. High-school students call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students and mentors are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering and business planning as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

Are you up to the Challenge?
The really cool thing about FIRST Robotics Competition is...all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Read more about team basics, time frame, commitment, and skills required at www.USAFIRST.org.

What does our FIRST Robotics Competition team, THE ENFORCERS, need?
We need 2 or more adult Mentors with both technical and non-technical expertise willing and motivated to “coach” the team through the build and competition season. We already have great, experienced FIRST mentors, but we can always use more help.

We need YOU!! 10 or more high school-aged students from throughout South Jersey with the desire to learn, explore, strategize, build comradery, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN! You must also be willing to put in time after school and weekends to do any job the team needs to succeed. There are plenty of important jobs available for all skill levels and interests.

A suitable meeting place to design and build an industrial-sized robot from 50 lbs. to150 lbs., that has access to a variety of machine shop power tools. Lucky for us we have a 3,600 square foot building to meet this need. We call it "Area 51". We are located at 2590 Ridge Avenue in Egg Harbor Township, just off AC Expressway exit 9.

Community sponsors that will help fund our efforts and provide other support. We have some sponsors but, we will need some more as we set our eyes on the National Challenge in Detroit, Michigan in 2018.

When does FIRST Robotics Competition happen?
We are recruiting members now for pre-season training. In general, FIRST Robotics Competition operates during the school year. Teams form and register in the fall. However, the “official season” begins early in January when the season’s Challenge is announced at a kickoff   ceremony. Teams are then given six weeks to create their robot. District and Regional  competition events start in late February and continue through April. Teams that qualify are invited to FIRST Championship at the end of April. There are also many off-season events in which teams can participate, strategize, hone their skills, learn new technology, meet other teams and have fun!

What is the time commitment?
We will meet with FRC on Mondays from 6pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10am- 2pm. The main season is January to April. Many mature teams also meet throughout the school year, and some compete in off-season events during the summer. You, your family, and your available free time can decide together how much time you can devote to the program.

Be prepared to meet at least several times per week from January through April. Like any sport or other after-school activity, the more time you invest, the better you will become. During build season the pressure is on, so be prepared to also spend some nights and weekends helping your team.

Any special skills required?
The really cool thing about FIRST Robotics Competition is...all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Teams need all kinds of skills to succeed, so what are you good at? We have a job for you, and we’ll probably teach you a few new ones while you’re with  us!

Student team members are encouraged to bring any skills they already have, like programming, electronics, metalworking, graphic design, web creation, public speaking, videography, and many more. FIRST Robotics Competition welcomes every student, with or without special skills.  This is the only sport where if you show up and participate, you can play.”

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