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eBorg Robotics Triumphs at NJ & PA FTC State Championships

PARSIPPANY — eBorg Robotics team organized a free STEM Career Day at Enrich Learning, 50 Route 10 West on Friday, March 9. The Team coordinated a panel of doctors, engineers, professors, and technocrats to speak about their experiences and offer advice.

Rookie Team #12538 eBorg Robotics is a non-profit organization that participates in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The goal of FTC is to ensure students develop STEM skills by designing and building robots to solve an annual challenge, learn to raise funds, and do community outreach. Each season ends with the Super-Regional and then FIRST Championship.

eBorg Robotics consists of Middle and High school students from Morris and Essex Counties. Team members include: Team Captain Kevin Mathew, Neil Mathew, Arnav Khanna, Tesia Thomas, Anish Chidella, Brain Liew, Emily Liew, Mihir Vemuri, Rahul Mehta, and Tiffany Thomas. Team Coach Amit Joglekar described the Team saying, “What powers the human hands is not just one or two fingers, but it’s the synchronized effort of all the uniquely gifted yet diverse tactile members. I believe the same is true for the power behind our Team.”

The Team had the opportunity to meet with Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano. Eighth grader Mihir Vemuri from Central Middle School, Parsippany said, “It was an honor to meet with the Mayor who was amazed to hear about our journey. He encouraged us to continue pursuing our interest in STEM and told us to keep updating him on our journey.” Mayor Soriano praised the team and wished them luck in their upcoming competition.

On Saturday, February 24, eBorg Robotics became the Champions of the Pennsylvania FTC Championship Tournament. eBorg Robotics was part of the winning alliance, automatically qualifying the Team for the Super-Regional. eBorg Robotics was also the Team that won the most Judged Awards. The Team won the Inspire Award, which is given to the team that most embodies the goals of FTC. The judges said that eBorgs, “is spreading the word of FIRST not only across their community and their state, but also around the world. Their enthusiasm and energy propelled them to become a shining beacon of possibilities in FTC. The judges found it futile to resist them.”

The Team was also awarded the Promote Award for making the most compelling video that promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Coach Amit Joglekar received an Honorable Mention for the Compass Award for all his guidance and support. The Team was awarded second place for four awards including the Motivate, Robot Design, Connect, and Think Awards. The Promotion and Outreach Manager of the Team, Emily Liew, said, “Our team does more than just build robots; we want to open doors for those with fewer resources and less exposure to STEM and that was what our Promotion video was all about!”

On Sunday, February 25, the Team participated in the New Jersey FTC Championship and won again and qualified for the Super-Regionals. However, since they had already qualified from Pennsylvania, the Team graciously offered their spot to the next winning team.

Team Captain Kevin Mathew, a junior at The Academy for Mathematics, Science and Engineering, said, “As a Rookie Team, we went through many challenges. We had to go through many iterations of our robot to perfect its design, which was an expensive endeavor. Therefore, we had to improve our marketing skills to find more sponsors. I am proud of the successes our Team has achieved.”

eBorg Robotics’ mission is to spread knowledge of STEM in their local and global communities. Some of their outreaches have been in India, Livingston and Millburn High Schools, Liberty Science Center, Greater Life Community Center in Newark, and local libraries.

Marketing Manager Tesia Thomas from Liberty Middle School said, “I am very proud of all our accomplishments during this season. A big thank you to our Grand Sponsor Enrich Learning East Hanover and our Terabyte sponsors Vertellus, Parsippany and Radiant Solutions who continuously support us. We are excited to give back to the community with our STEM Career Day and we hope that we can spark interest in STEM and Robotics to other students.”

More information about eBorgs and their progress can be found by clicking here. The Team is now preparing for the Super-Regional Championship on March 16-18, 2018 with the hopes of qualifying for the FIRST World Championship in Detroit.

 

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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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