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Introduction to the FIRST Robotics Competition and

the Mount Olive Robotics Team

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is a national contest founded by Dean Kamen in 1992. In 2007, FIRST reached over 130,000 students. The FIRST Robotics program included over 32,500 high school students on 3500 teams at 37 regional events throughout the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events; the result of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines. It is an opportunity for the students of Mt. Olive High School to work closely with team mentors and advisors to get a hands-on, inside look at the real-world competitive environment. At the heart of the program, is the "Build Season".  During these six intense weeks, students and mentors work together to brainstorm, design, construct and test their "champion robot". With only six weeks, all jobs are a critical part of the process. The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with referees, team supporters and time clocks. To learn more about this nation-wide program please go to www.USFirst.org. The partnerships developed between Mt. Olive High School and our sponsors provides an exchange of resources and talent, highlighting mutual needs, building cooperation, and exposing students to new career choices. The result is a fun, exciting and stimulating environment in which all participants discover the important connection between classroom lessons and real world applications. Each year, the competition is different, so veteran teams always have a new challenge to look forward to. However, the details are kept secret until the unveiling at the Kickoff Event in the first week of January. This provides a high level of excitement as everyone sees the new challenge for the first time and ideas immediately begin forming in people's minds.

The Mount Olive Robotics Team was established in the fall of 1996 by former teacher Bill McGowan. MORT is one of the largest clubs at MOHS with the active involvement of over 150 students, MOHS teachers, college professors, adult technicians, alumni and parents. We enjoy and benefit from the support of our local businesses and the County College of Morris. Student enrollment in the robotics engineering courses at MOHS continues to grow due to the efforts of MORT.

In order to better educate and prepare our students, we have established MORT University which runs from October through December.  This is where our students work along with our student leaders and adult mentors team to learn about engineering principles, electronics, programming, computer assisted drawing, CNC manufacturing, 3D Printing and above all teamwork.

For more information about our program, please contact the team's Head Advisor, Matthew Otey.


Team Project Manager
Matthew Otey


Mount Olive High School
18 Corey Road Flanders, NJ 07836
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