The WHEAT Foundation: supporting the RoboWarriors (AKA Team 41) since 2008
WHEAT meets monthly at the Warren Library. Visitors are welcome! Our first meeting for the 2019/20 season is on Thursday Sept 12, and then Thursday Oct 10, Thursday Nov 14, and Tuesday Dec 10.
Then for 2020 it's Thursday Jan 2, Thursday Feb 6, Tuesday March 3, and Thursday April 2. Meetings are 7:00 - 8:45 pm in the library conference room to the left when you first walk in.
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.
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 Teaser
This is the video which is released every year in the Fall giving a "hint" for what the competition will be about. Extremely difficult to read much into it other than that it will have a Star Wars theme. The video giving all of the details for this year's competition will be released on Kickoff Day Saturday Jan. 4, 2020.