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Build Season Weeks 2, 3, 4
Friday, February 1st, 2019

10 Year Anniversary

2019 marks ten years since our team's reformation! After dissolving for two seasons, the team was brought back to life under new mentorship. To commemorate the decade the team's gone through since, this year's team shirt will feature a "Parallel Universary" theme, including the graphic on the left made by our design subteam (WIP). A timeline of the team can be found at our website.

Cutting Steel for Climber

In the video on the right (click the image or here to watch), our build team used an angle grinder to cut steel parts. The steel will form a mount for our pneumatic climbing mechanism. Make sure to visit the team at competition (details below in "Upcoming Events") to see it in action! More videos here and here.



Cargo Intake

Our build subteam has completed constructing the major components of the robot, including the cargo intake. To see the intake in action, click the picture on the left. More videos can be found here and here.

Scouting App

Our strategy subteam has finished a scouting app, shown on the right, that will be used at competition to collect data on other teams' robots. Six scouts at a time will be using this app on tablets, each watching a robot on the field. The data will be used to make more informed decisions when talking to other teams about cooperating during alliance selections. To see an enlarged version of the picture on the right, click here.

Family Sponsorships

This year, we are continuing last year's initiative of providing a free T-shirt to each student. Although it costs the team more, we believe it is important to ensure that everyone will be able to attend competition representing Team 1257. Family donations make these purchases that help members of the team, such as these free T-shirts, possible. Families who donate a certain amount will be displayed on the back of next year's team shirts to show our appreciation for their contribution. If you would like to donate to help us with this initiative, please contact the team at For more information about sponsorship levels, view this link.

What's going on:



  • Build: finalized CAD for hatch panel intake and cargo intake and 3D-printed parts for each component; assembled hatch intake and cargo intake; finalized the robot design; finished making wooden field elements; completed chassis, assembled components, mounting them on the chassis

  • Business: worked on sponsorship letters, association contacts, and fundrasier protocols; called and e-mailed businesses in Union County to explore potential sponsorship opportunities; started work on Entrepreneurship Award

  • Design: worked on merch ordering process; prepared to order merch from vendors; worked on team spirit items for the upcoming season

  • Electronics: worked on making a test bot for the programming subteam; placed orders for robot parts; finished electronics layout in CAD; placing electronics this week

  • Media: filmed team and updated team Instagram account

  • Outreach: made and sent newsletter; started planning a volunteering event for the spring; worked on Dean's List Award nomination process

  • Programming: finished writing and formatting basic code for controlling all the subsystems; working on more advanced features like automatically controlling components, more precise driving, better controls, and safety features; experimenting with using Limelight for robot vision

  • Safety: continued finishing safety tests and preparing for competition season

  • Strategy: finished a scouting web app; made a team lookup tool in Google Sheets; experimented with accessing TBA API using jQuery


  • Midterms at UCVTS were administered from 1/23 to 1/28. Due to the reduced schedule last week as a result of testing, this edition of the newsletter covers weeks 2, 3, and 4 of build season.

Recent Events:

2019 Season Kickoff
MHS Auditorium, UCVTS
January 5th, 2019


On January 5th, this past Saturday, members of Team 1257 gathered in the Magnet High School auditorium for the 2019 season game reveal. The game, FIRST® Destination: Deep Space, is space-themed and revolves around the placement of kickballs called "cargo" and discs called "hatch panels" on structures representing rockets and cargo ships. The game animation can be found here, and the manual can be found here. After the game reveal, we spent time reading the game manual and rules to determine our build strategy and more in a following strategy session.

Upcoming Events:

Mount Olive District Event
Mount Olive High School,
Mount Olive, NJ
March 9th and 10th, 2019

Our first competition, Mount Olive, will take place in the second week of competition season.



Bridgewater-Raritan District Event
Bridgewater-Raritan High School,
Bridgewater, NJ
March 16th and 17th, 2019

Our second competition, Bridgewater, will take place in the third week of competition season.

We have an open-door mentor policy: whether you have a half-hour or three hours we can always use another hand during the week. Our meetings are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3–6 P.M. Reach out to Mrs. Gerstein, Mr. Moskowitz, or Mrs. Tenenbaum for more information.

Thank you to our unparalleled mentors and sponsors!

If interested in sponsorship, contact us!

Sponsorship Levels        Team Information Packet

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