The WHEAT Foundation: supporting the RoboWarriors (AKA Team 41) since 2008
The WHEAT Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Our mission is to support the participation of Watchung Hills Regional High School students in national, state and regional programs designed to inspire young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.
Who We Are
The WHEAT Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, comprised primarily of parents of members of the Robo-Warriors, the Watchung Hills Regional High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team - Team 41. The Foundation is dependent on the ongoing support of the community and welcomes new members to join us and support the robotics team.
What We Do
The WHEAT Foundation raises funds to support the Watchung Hills Regional High School robotics program, and works with the faculty advisors and team mentors to provide other organizational and logistics support to the team, especially during the critical six-week build season. In addition, we serve as advocates for the robotics program and other STEM programs to encourage additional funding and support from the school district and community.
Unfortunately, the 2019/20 season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our WHEAT meetings are finished for the 2019/20 season, and will resume on Thursday, September 10 for the new season. For now, meetings will continue to be held online using Zoom. We at WHEAT are sad to see this all happen, but optimistic that Team 41 and FIRST Robotics will come back better than ever for the 2020/21 season!
We normally have our end of year team banquet at the Chimney Rock Inn. Because of coronavirus, we instead had the event outside as a tailgate on July 15. We had to limit the attendees to the graduating seniors, new captains, and RoboWarriors recognized for their volunteer work. Below is the video of the event which was produced as a result of the hard work of WHEAT members Rosemarie and Andy Logan.
WHEAT normally meets monthly at the Warren Library, but the library meeting room is unavailable for now due to the coronavirus. So, as explained above, our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 10 using Zoom. Click to the "Get Involved" page to see our meeting schedule through December. Visitors are still welcome to join us - send an email using our contact page link here and we will send you the meeting link. Come see what we're up to!
The 2019/2020 RoboWarriors
The 2018/2019 RoboWarriors
Team 41 Wins Innovation in Control Award 2019 Montgomery Competition
This award is sponsored by Rockwell Automation. It "celebrates an innovative control system of control components - electrical, mechanical or software - to provide unique machine functions." Team 41 worked hard to create their control station for this year's robot, and it resulted in them winning the award at the Montgomery competition. They won this same award twice in 2018. The controls are a technological work of art, and the team is very proud and pleased that their hard work paid off. Below is the team picture after receiving the award at the Montgomery competition. Pictures of the controller are in the photo gallery pictures above.
Team 41 had an exciting and challenging season in 2019. The team performed well in their two district competitions in Mt. Olive and Montgomery, and made it to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in both. These two good district performances qualified them for the regional competition at Lehigh University where they again did well with a final ranking of 30th out of 60 teams. Not quite enough to qualify for the World Championship in Detroit, but still a successful season to be proud of.
For more details on this past season, click here.
2020 FIRST Robotics Competition - Infinite Recharge Overview
This was the video released on kickoff day Jan 4, 2020. The video gives a summary of how the 2020 competition would have worked (had it not been canceled) - what the robots must do, and how points are scored. For the 2021 competition, FIRST has announced that the competition will be similar to what this year's was supposed to be, but with some yet to be announced modifications. For season updates, click here
Go Team 41!