Those Guys Overcome Obstacles to Compete in Robotics Season

The Long Valley Robotics Team “Those Guys,” formed in 2015, participates in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), an organization focused on building a better world by engaging middle and high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). In the 2019-2020 season, the team earned the Number 1 ranked among the North Jersey Conference. 

After the 2019-2020 season, the 4 core veteran members either graduated or moved out of state, however during that season, the team picked up 4 new members who now make up the roster of the 2020-2021 team, so the current team is now considered a 2nd generation team. 

Because of COVID, the face to face competitions that are typically held in High School Gymnasiums have been replaced by virtual meets, where the team utilizes a replica field and Remote Scoring to submit their scores for matches. The team has competed in 4 virtual matches, and will compete in 2 more virtual matches in March before they compete in their Championship Match in April. Their robot has been able to achieve the most difficult tasks for this season’s competition including using Artificial Intelligence to employ deterministic tasks, picking up 4 inch rings off of the competition floor then shooting them into baskets, and picking up wobble goals and placing them outside of the competition field.

Normally in the spring, the team is very active in outreach with Science Fairs, Library Presentations, and after school events, but this year, due to COVID, the team will not be able to participate in any face-to face outreach in the next few months. The goal for the team is to do some outreach in the fall in 2021, before they disassemble their robot to build a new one to compete in the 2021-2022 season, as each season has a different competition requiring a re-build of their robot.


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