The Huntington High School robotics team is in the midst of a recruiting drive while it simultaneously preps for a new competitive season.
Founded in 2013, Huntington Robotics has reached the FIRST World Championships several times and captured many other honors and awards.
The team is for everyone, not just technological or engineering wizards. The program has so many aspects to it that those who might not even be scientifically or mathematically inclined can find a welcoming home on FIRST Team 5016, as the squad is officially known.
The Blue Devils are led by Alex Frawley (captain), Luke Rinaldi (vice-captain), Richard Zboray (chief business officer) and Anthony Amitrano (chief technology officer).
“We are planning on having our interest meeting next Monday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. in the high school woodshop and we’re hoping to have a good turnout,” Mr. Frawley said. “The team is not just for students interested in engineering. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to join the team regardless of what experience they have or what they’re interested in. By joining the team everyone is able to learn and improve real world skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.”
“Our team has been very successful in the past and has gone to the FIRST championships four times,” Mr. Frawley said. “This has only been possible because of help from the parents, community, school district and sponsors over the years.”
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) encourages young people to pursue careers in engineering and science by showing them how interesting and fun those fields can be. “Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all,” states the FIRST website.
“Just this past weekend our team took our robot to a fair in Syosset to promote the team and show off the robot,” Mr. Frawley said. “We had a great time and spoke to many people in the community.”