Penfield Central School District

Penfield Robotics Team Continues to Build on Success

Since its inception in 2004, Penfield High School’s FIRST Robotics Team, Team 1511 Rolling Thunder has built 11 unique robots, all of which have qualified to compete at the International Championship Event. The team’s most notable accomplishments have been winning the top two awards, the Chairman’s Award and Engineering Inspiration award, as well as winning two regional events in Toronto and Boston. In addition, four students have won individual leadership awards and two mentors have won the top mentor award and Volunteer of the Year award.

Ninety-four percent of Robotics team members have continued their education in college and Penfield alumni are now working at NASA, Toyota, Harris RF, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The program’s success has been driven by the passion of the students, community volunteers, teachers, school and sponsors.

While the core focus of the team is on robotics and developing technical skills in students, team members also pride themselves on spreading their passion for engineering and service throughout the community. The team regularly hosts robot demonstrations for the public as well as participates in community service events such as the Penfield Clean-up Day and Make A Difference Day. Team members have also traveled to Washington, DC to speak to local representatives about the importance of STEM (science, technology, education and math) education in our schools. 

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