In 2007, MCTVS-Piscataway invited Lakeland Regional High School to join them in Team 223. Randy Coren, a technology teacher, stepped in as the facilitator at Lakeland, and worked with Wayne Kelly and the other Team 223 mentors to get the FIRST Robotics program running at Lakeland.
The two branches of the team were nearly 50 miles apart, so division of labor was key. We organized ourselves into two subteams: Design and Build. Lakeland students served as the Design Team, developing 3D computer drawings of the conceptualized robot and parts, then sending these plans to the Build Team at Middlesex, who then fabricated the robot. Lakeland students also served as web designers and graphic designers, and they began to revamp the Xtreme Heat image. The two subteams kept in contact through email and conference calls, and the team’s main mentor, Wayne, traveled back and forth between the two schools, facilitating our cooperation.
The partnership proved very beneficial to both teams. The extra set of team members helped spread the work around, which gave Middlesex more time to focus on construction of the robot, and the mentorship of Wayne and leadership of the Middlesex students taught the Lakeland students a great deal about engineering, design, and robotics. The newly combined team was extremely successful at competitions. We came in second place overall at the NJ Regional, and we were semi-finalists in the Archimedies Division at Championships in Atlanta, GA.