The Westfield Robotics Club graciously invites the community to attend the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Central New Jersey Meet, at Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Road in Westfield on Sunday, Feb. 5. The competition will be in the Main Gym of the high school and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the third year that the Westfield teams have hosted a meet, but this year’s is one of the largest meets in New Jersey.

The robotics competitions are run through FIRST, an organization that fosters a love for engineering and offers unique challenges each year for student teams of various ages. This year, a team of second graders will also be demonstrating the robots they have built as part of FIRST’s Jr. FLL division. Come out to the meet to support the Westfield robotics teams as they compete against 30-36 highly skilled teams from across New Jersey.

Audience members will also have the chance to watch Westfield’s new, award winning entirely female robotics team, Positive Charge, challenge other teams on the field - encouraging young women to participate in what has traditionally been a male dominated sport.

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Witnessing the ingenuity of the Westfield teams’ robot designs and their perseverance in fierce competitions will be an inspiring and captivating experience. Children of all ages with an interest in science, math, engineering, and problem solving are encouraged to attend to learn about robotics and to discover the exciting opportunities of STEM fields. The three Westfield teams hope to spread their passions with their community and encourage other students to explore the world of engineering.

The club hopes too that you become inspired to contact the Westfield Board of Ed to request that it adds Robotics to the high school and elementary school curriculums.

You can support the Club financially by purchasing snacks, beverages, and lunchtime pizza. Please contact Karen Fishman by email for further information or interest in donating to the independent club at karenfishmannj@gmail.com