RAHWAY–The robot takeover has arrived. Ok, so maybe Rahway High School’s Robotics Team hasn’t exactly built the Terminator, but “Reptar” is still pretty impressive. Capable of rolling forward, backward, and completely side-to-side, this remote-controlled behemoth went from concept to reality in only six weeks. The “RoboTribe” of high school students build the ‘bot themselves with help from mentors, teachers, and sponsors.
Last Friday, they celebrated their season with an awards luncheon held in downtown Rahway at A&M Industrial, one of the team’s sponsors for over eight years. This year, the company donated raw materials such as aluminum, plexiglass and safety goggles. David Young, executive vice president of A&M Industrial, spoke with the students about the importance of technology and manufacturing in the United States.
“You are the future of our country,” said Young. “We need young, enthusiastic, bright engineers to spearhead future growth of manufacturing in the United States.”
Superintendent of Schools Edward Yergalonis also spoke with pride as he thanked the students and teachers for their enthusiasm and commitment. He especially thanked the mentors, many former Rahway High School and robotics team members, for returning to volunteer their time to the program.
The event wrapped up with awards for the students, a few group photos, and a message from the host.
“We are extremely proud to sponsor such a wonderful program and look forward to supporting the program in the years to come,” said Young.
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