SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – On Jan. 7, the South Plainfield High School (SPHS) Tiger Tech Robotics Team kicked-off its competition season at Montgomery High School where the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) revealed the 2017 Competition Game Challenge.

The annual international FRC game challenge this year is STEAMworks, a “Steampunk” theme, with game elements that replicate the Victorian era, including an airship, boilers, and gear systems. Each year, FRC challenges robotics teams around the world to build a robot in six weeks and then compete in matches of two alliances of three robots each at regional, district and world competition events.

The SPHS Tiger Tech Robotics Team will be keeping busy for the next six weeks designing, building, programming, and driving its 2017 bot, Full STEAM Ahead!

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SPHS Tiger Tech worked diligently throughout the fall to gain corporate, small business, and community support for their approaching build season. Recently the team was endorsed by the South Plainfield Board of Education, as well as NASA, Picatinny Arsenal, Ethicon, and various other businesses, organizations, and donors. Additional ways to support the team include purchasing promotional T-shirts and attending upcoming robotics-sponsored events.

The team strives to enrich South Plainfield’s youth STEM education opportunities, and to provide a platform for all residents to come together in celebration of the prevalence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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