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Nuts and Bolts: The Robotics Newsletter

February and March are the busiest times for NFCS Robotics.  Check out the newsletter important information.

Sixers Robotics Day is March 17.  Permission slips, Sixers registration form, and $25 per person (student or adult) is due to Mrs. Costello by February 27.

IMPORTANT! By popular consensus, we are not staying for the basketball game. We will be leaving the Wells Fargo Center at approximately 6:30pm. Any student wishing to stay for the Sixers game must be joined by a parent.

Permission Slip

Sixers Registration Form

Now Taking Orders for Robo-Parent T-Shirts 

Sadly, shirts will not be ready for States, but why not get a jump on next year?

Email Mrs. Costello today to order your Robo-Parent shirt for only $12.



VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)NFCS_HS_Front2

VEX StarStruck 2016-2017 Video

VEX StarStruck 2016-2017 Competition Resources

REC Foundation Online Challenges


VRC Competition Dates

Union City High School, NJ: October 22nd (Teams 9071B/C)


9071B, 2-6-0 (Ranked #604 in World)

9071C, 4-4-0 (Ranked #536 in World)

New Foundations Charter High School: December 10th (all teams)

Delaware County Christian School: January 28th (all teams)

New Foundations Charter High School: February 11th (all teams)


9071Y: 6-2-0, ranked #5 in qualification play

9071B: Judge’s Award, Tournament Champion Award

PA State Championship: March 4th (9071B, 9071C, 9071X, 9071Y)


 Seaperch CompetitionSeaPerchFlyer

Philadelphia Seaperch Page

Other Technology Competitions

Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge

Robot Events Online Challenges


 First Lego LeagueFLL-logo

[This club has concluded for the 2016-2017 school year.]

This club will begin in November, and run every Wednesday until the regional qualifier on January 14th at Central High School. The club is comprised of a maximum of 8 students from 5th through 8th grade. Listen for announcements throughout October for a chance to be a part of the team.

More information on this year’s challenge can be found here:

You can also email Mr. Millard, who will be the head coach for the 2016-2017 season:

Scholarship Opportunities : A series of scholarships for various universities around the country. : Project Lead the Way affiliate universities around the country. Each of these schools are required to offer some sort of scholarship, stipend, or credit for PLTW students. : Rochester Institute of Technology opportunities for PLTW students.


Parents and Volunteers

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered on February 11.  Everyone commented on how smoothly the event ran, and it was all thanks to the volunteers who worked hard to check in teams, work the computers, judge the notebooks, and run the concession stand.  Great job, everyone!

Sponsorship and Fundraising

If you are a business (or individual) who would like to support your local robotics teams here at NFCS, please consider donating a small amount of money today. There are a lot of costs involved with the program, including: supplies, travel costs, team gear, etc. You can use this form for further directions on how to donate: Robotics Support Letter.

Clothing Drive

We are hosting a clothing drive in the high school parking lot on March 11th from 9 to 10 AM, but we are accepting donations from now until March:

  • Wearable clothes, men’s women’s kids
  • Bedding & linens
  • Kids hard toys & stuffed animals
  • Purses, shoes, belts
  • NO books or cds/dvds 

Just remember to place them in sealed trash bags, and give them directly to the main office of the high school (to the attention of Mr. Petcaugh). Thanks!


How do I join the VRC teams?

The teams are always set the previously year. Because of high demand for this elective, and because it is the coach’s desire to be grooming future engineering and computer scientists with participation in this program, any student who wants to participate MUST have taken (or currently be enrolled in) a Project Lead the Way class. Check with your teachers at the end of the year to inquire about getting into any of our great engineering classes.

Additionally, students must participate in JV Robotics the year before.  JV Robotics is a 6-8 week program beginning near the end of the competition season in which students learn the fundamentals of building and programming a Vex robot.  This foundation is vital to acquiring the skills to design and build a competitive robot.  For information about JV Robotics, please contact Cathy Costello at .

[JV Robotics is registration is closed for the 2016-2017 school year.]