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 2019 challenge is called Destination: Deep Space and is played by two competing alliances of three teams each. Alliances attempt to prepare their cargo ship and rocket ships for flight. Points are earned by scoring "hatch covers" and "cargo". A hatch cover is an round plastic disc with a hole in the center that must be placed over openings in the ships; this keeps the cargo from rolling out. A cargo is a playground kick ball that is placed into a port on the ship.

Watch the following video to see our 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 and has enjoyed success throughout its history. Cold Fusion participated in the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Championship this past April and advanced to the final round of the playoffs. As a result, we earned an invitation to the FIRST World Championship. This year marked the sixth time in eight years we have participated in the District Championship. Team 1279 has also won two regional championships, and has been a finalist and semi-finalist numerous times.

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,, Room 421