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Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Pre-Mount Olive

Upcoming Competitions

Build season is officially over! Our first competition is the Mount Olive District Event, at Mount Olive High School in Flanders, NJ (Google Maps link). The event is next weekend, March 9th and 10th. Bus space is limited so we cannot provide a ride for all members; seating is given to those who submit permission slips, so make sure to hand those in (for members, instructions on necessary forms are in Slack). More info about Mount Olive can be found at this link.

Our second competition, Bridgewater-Raritan, will take place at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater (Google Maps link), the weekend following Mount Olive (March 16th and 17th). More info about Bridgewater can be found here.

Robot Reveal

Our Media subteam has worked hard on this year's robot reveal video! Our robot's name this year is "Shooting Shark". Demonstrating our robot's capabilities, the reveal was streamed in the official FIRST Premiere Night for viewers worldwide to see. Watch at this link.

Family Sponsorships

This year, we are continuing last year's initiative 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: bagged robot; milled and machined parts for updated cargo and hatch intakes; prepared to replace rear pistons

  • Business: finalized budget; worked on and reviewed business plan

  • Design: received merch; worked on spirit materials

  • Electronics: organized Control Systems Helpers (a program in which trained members help other teams with control systems at competition) and reviewed competition checklist

  • Media: published robot reveal

  • Outreach: continued planning volunteering event; worked on strategy-related outreach for competition; made and sent newsletter

  • Programming: started work on research projects and reviewing this year's code; tested robot climb and worked on a method for stabilizing it

  • Safety: kept people safe

  • Strategy: scouting training; making tablet stands for competition; worked on strategy-related outreach for competition

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. More info here.


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. More info here.

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 Ms. 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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