Cougar Robotics is a FIRST Robotics Competition team from Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey. Our team was founded in 2004 with the help of two students, one who transferred to Montgomery from Hillsborough and another who transferred to Montgomery from Bound Brook. Both students helped spark interest in what would later become the Robotics Team: FIRST Team 1403 Cougar Robotics. We had full support of our school board, the Vice
Principal Mr. Clymer, and Mr. Kloberg, a senior mentor of FIRST robotics. Our team kicked off its first year in great success, receiving numerous accolades at regional competitions and earning the opportunity to go to the World Championships. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, we were advised by Mr. O’Toole. In 2007, our current MHS technology education teacher Mr. Leicht took on the role of Team Advisor.
Our team has greatly transformed since 2004. In the beginning, the robot was mostly built by professional engineers, but now, our team’s devotion to educating the newer members has created an environment where the students do the vast majority of the work on the robot themselves.
Our team meets 6 to 7 days a week during build season in our robotics lab. In order to stay focused and motivated, each sub-team selects their goals and projects that they hope to accomplish and writes them on a large poster board that is located in the lab. In addition to meeting constantly, some team members volunteer their time to the community, while others help the team financially by selling wonderful and inexpensive light bulbs, a major fundraiser for First Team 1403 Cougar Robotics.