Robotics

Robotics is a varsity sport for the mind! It combines the practical application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with the fun, intense energy and excitement of a championship-style sporting event. The Immaculata High School Robotics team is called Cold Fusion Team 1279.

Each year the team must build and program a robot to compete in a challenging game. There are strict rules that must be followed with limited resources and time constraints. It's the closest to "real-world" engineering that a student can get. The team pairs high school students with teachers and adult mentors to design, build and program the robot for the high energy competitions. Students also learn important life skills like teamwork, problem solving, communication, decision making and time management.

The 2018 challenge was called PowerUp and was played by two alliances comprised of three teams. The theme of the game was a 1980s arcade-style video game. Alliances competed against each other by placing power cubes on pivoting platforms to score points.

Watch the following video to see our 2018 robot in action!

Cold Fusion Team 1279 is part of FIRST® that was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest in science and technology. The FIRST® acronym is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Teams come from nearly every state in the United States, as well as many other countries. FIRST hosts Regional and District competitions throughout the country, as well as a Championship event for each District and a World Championship. Cold Fusion belongs to the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District which is made up of over 120 teams from New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Our team was formed in 2004 year and has enjoyed success throughout its history. Cold Fusion has won two regional championships, and has been a finalist and semi-finalist numerous times. The team has also participated in the Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Championship in five of the past seven years.

We meet off-site at St. Joe's Church in Raritan during our build season which runs for 6 weeks from early January to late February. During that time, we meet 2 days per week after school and 2 days per week in the evening (3 hours for each meeting), and also 6 hours on Saturdays.

We have 2 to 4 competitions in March and April that are 2 day events on weekends.

Moderator: Mr. Kedersha, akedersha@immaculatahighschool.org, Room 421