WARREN, NJ - It’s crunch time for the Watchung Hills Robo Warriors, Team 41. Watchung Hills Robotics Team 41 has been working on completing this year’s challenge, Infinite Recharge.

The competition season started on Saturday, Jan. 4 when FIRST, the national Robotics organization, announced this year’s task and specifications. And they were joined by some familiar faces- from Star Wars.

What is FIRST® Robotics? FIRST® — “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”

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Teams have a limited time to engineer their remotely controlled, computerized robotic vehicle, based on a strategy the team decides will enable them to score the most points on a playing field environment where robots controlled by competitors are also maneuvering, taking up space, and attempting to score points.

Committed Team 41 members spend SIX hours or more each day working to complete the challenge.  

“The robotics team pushes to accomplish more and more every year,” said WHRHS Robotics Head Coach Peter Ponzio.

This year’s challenge is Infinite Recharge.

The end goal is to reach The Robotics World Championship which brings together more than 20,000 students and 600 teams, including teams from all over the United States and from countries as far as Brazil, China, and Turkey, and as close as Mexico and Canada.

For more on Team 41 click here.

Team 41 is supported by the WHEAT Foundation and needs your help.

The WHEAT Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, comprised primarily of parents of members of the Robo Warriors. The Foundation is dependent on the ongoing support of the community and welcomes new members to join and support the robotics team. Parents provide meals six days a week during build season for the team. The school provides funds for competition fees only. The team is responsible for everything else needed to build their competition robot. Most recently, WHEAT purchased a CNC milling machine for the team at a cost of $18,000.

Fundraising is used to purchase robotic parts, equipment, and machinery.

This year, the team began fundraising in the fall, selling raffle tickets. The drawing was on kickoff Saturday and not only were four winning tickets drawn, but the top three sellers of raffle tickets were awarded prizes. 

Ivan Nilson was the top seller with Evelyn Logan and Charlie Margulies claiming honorable mentions.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible.

To Donate online click here.

You can also donate by check. Deliver via mail at: The WHEAT Foundation, PO Box 4177 Warren, NJ 07059


2020 competitions are:


  • Robbinsville- March 14
  • Montgomery- March 29
  • MAR Championship: Stabler Arena - Lehigh University April 1 – April 4, 2020 https://midatlanticrobotics.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019_FMAChampsTeamVisitorInformationGuide_final.pdf
  • FRC Championship: Detroit - Cobo Center April 29-May 2 https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2020/CMPMI


But, as big as winning is to the Robotics team and their faculty advisors, the rules of the game suggest that an even bigger bonus for the participants is the team’s annual year-long exercise of the skill of problem solving. Robotics is nothing, if it is not the learning about and the application of theoretical science, engineering concepts, and team problem-solving needed to complete a task. 


Successful Robotics teams must: Know the science; work as a team; adapt, sometimes on the fly; recognize the best team and systems exhibited by partners, and form an “alliance partnership” with them if they are willing; and, always,develop and sharpen theoretical and applied problem-solving skills.

From The WHEAT Foundation, ROBORAFFLE RESULTS are: 
1st  Prize: $250 Visa Gift Card - winning ticket # 0709

2nd Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card - winning ticket # 0948

3rd  Prize: $75  Amazon Gift Card - winning ticket # 0897 

4th  Prize: $50 Bruno's Bistro - winning ticket # 0997