Huntington Robotics is mobilizing for what it hopes will be its best season ever. The high school organization that has so impressed the community over the years will hold a car wash on Saturday (September 28) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jefferson Primary School parking lot.
Huntington Robotics members plan to thoroughly clean each car for free; but donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted. Need more information? Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s team will be led by Captain Abigail Holmes, Vice-Captain Matthew Gennarelli, Chief Technology Officer James Obermaier and Chief of Business Operations Maddy Kye. Huntington technology teachers Brian Reynolds and Omar Santiago serves as the organization’s faculty advisors. Retired district technology teacher Edward Parry also pitches in as do many community volunteers.
Huntington High School’s robotics team is for everyone, not just technological or engineering wizards. The program has so many distinct aspects to it that those who aren’t even scientifically or mathematically inclined can find a very welcoming home on FIRST Team 5016, as the squad is officially known.
Founded in 2013, Huntington Robotics reached the FIRST World Championships in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Huntington teenagers join the program for a wide variety of personal reasons. Ms. Holmes was named one of just 10 Dean’s List Award recipients at the FIRST World Championships last April.
Those who aren’t necessarily interested in hands-on work can find a home in the program, too. For example, those interested in business can focus on marketing, fundraising and outreach. Artistic students can work on music composition for the team’s chairman’s video competition or the building and painting of a scale model of the field on which the Team 5016 robot will compete.