Is this destined to be the most magnificent year ever for Huntington High School’s robotics team? While everything still has to play out over the next six months, all indications are that the 2018/19 campaign is going to make everyone associated with the program proud.
Officially known as FIRST Team 5016, Huntington Robotics is comprised of some of the brightest and most creative minds in the high school. It’s a group that takes delight in finding solutions to the most difficult technical problems and simply love a challenge.
The team’s parent association has been active planning a fall fundraising event to help underwrite some of the costs of this year’s program. The reception will be held at Launchpad Huntington (upstairs at 315 Main Street in the heart of the village) on Monday, November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $75. They can be purchased in advance at . Guests should enter the building from the Gerard Street parking lot the night of the party.
The fundraiser is expected to attract a crowd of parents, tech industry leaders, school officials, alumni, supportive community members and the teenagers who continue to make the team one of the best in the country.
The Huntington robotics team was established to provide students with a pre-college experience in science, technology, engineering and math with the intention of generating interest in these fields. Competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition as FIRST Team 5016, Huntington Robotics welcomes all students from Huntington High School (with no club dues or fees). The goal is to expose students to real-world engineering and its applications.
The team has won numerous honors including the 2017 Engineering Inspiration Award from NASA and the 2018 Chairman’s Award. It has been to the FIRST World Championships in four of the five years of the program’s existence. Members of the team gain not only technical skills, but also graduate with real-world business experience. The program puts a premium on leadership, engineering and diversity.
“Huntington Robotics team members and their advisors devoted themselves to spreading the love of STEM learning to their community and have again earned the right to be at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit last April,” said Peggy Low, president of the Huntington Robotics Parent Association. “Truly a team of students that will work long hard hours on technology challenges and engaging in public service. We all look forward to seeing what robot will be built in 2019.”
Contact Mrs. Low for more information about the fundraiser at [email protected].