FIRST Tech Challenge


STEMROX is excited to announce a new season of our

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Program, and

this year we will be expanding our program to include a

second competition team! Over the course of the next

3 months, selected students in grades 7-12 will put into

practice Engineering, Innovation, Mechanical, and

Computer Science skills in order to compete in this year’s

First Tech Challenge Competition. The Competition

Challenge changes each season and will be revealed this year

on September 7th. 

Meetings will be held at the Roxbury Recreation Center (72 Eyland Ave, Succasunna NJ 07876) on Monday and Thursday nights (6pm-8pm) and on select Saturdays (9am-12pm). Students currently in grades 7-12 are welcome to signup. However, due to FTC team restrictions, we will only be accepting between 10 and 15 students per team with priority being given to previous Team Members. Our approach to this is very much the same as a travel sports team in that during meetings we will teach the fundamentals that will see us perform at a high level come competitions. 

Starting October 3rd, the Team will meet every Monday and Thursday night through our final competition, which most likely will be the middle of February (even though we recently started, we are still looking for new members to round out our team!). That means students will have the opportunity for roughly 30 meetings as well as be entered into 3 to 4 competitions (Dates of which are TBD as we are required to apply for them and not guaranteed specific dates- tentatively we are looking at: Nov 3, Dec 8, Jan 5, Feb 15 but again these may change) A list of all New Jersey Competition dates can be found here. As we get closer to competitions, meeting days/times may need to be adjusted in order to better prepare for the event, however, those will all be communicated the week prior, or as soon as possible beforehand. Lastly, it is not mandatory to be at every session as we know students are involved in many different activities, but it is recommended they be at as many as possible to ensure that your child gets the most out of their FIRST experience! 

Last season, we were very successful finishing in 1st, 4th, 4th, and 5th in our 4 competitions. This year, we're looking to build on that success and have another productive year!


Team Calendar/Meetings:

Monday 6pm - 8pm

Thursday 6pm - 8pm

Saturday 9am - 12pm (occasional)

*emergency meetings may be scheduled on other nights prior to competitions


For a full list of the current scheduled, please see below:


PRICING ($360):

These funds will ensure that the Team has enough to purchase all needed equipment and robot supplies throughout the competition season when parts break or when something predictably but unexpectedly goes awry on the robot. 


Thanks to donations from our very generous sponsors (THOR Labs and Picatinny Arsenal STEM), this program is running at a discounted rate this year!



The Head Coach of STEMROX FTC is Phil Moskowitz. Phil is a graduate of Roxbury High School and is currently the STEAM Teacher at Eisenhower Middle School. At EMS, he serves as the advisor for the Robotics and STEAM Club as well as the Solar Car Team. Mr. Moskowitz was also re-appointed to Pitsco’s Teacher Advisory Group for 2019 after serving on the panel for the first time last year. The focus of this group is to increase STEM education and the products available in a variety of skill levels for teacher and students. Under Mr. Moskowitz's guidance, EMS has won the Junior Solar Sprint Invitational at Picatinny Arsenal the past 5 years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019); going on to represent Picatinny at the Junior Solar Sprint National Races in those years.

Joining Phil for the 2019-20 season will be Matt Brauer and Dawn Boyer. Matt has been Phil's Assistant Coach for the past four FTC seasons and is also the current assistant coach for FRC Team 4361, Roxbotix, of Roxbury High School; a team which he help found in 2012. Dawn, while new to the STEMROX family, is not new to STEM. She is a veteran Picatinny STEM educator, and currently serves as both the STEM teacher and Mathematics Coach at Byram Township School.Dawn has coached both Junior Solar Sprint and First Lego League Teams to much success in the past and we welcome her aboard! 

LOCATION: Roxbury Recreation Center (Main Entrance)
TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mon/Thur) and 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Sat)
DATES: (Mon/Wed & Some Sat) - October 2018 through January 2019 - Click here for the Team Calendar. 

COST: $360 per student

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What's Included:

  • Students will be taught robotics and STEM principles by not only coaches, but by high school mentors, and even some industry professionals and guest speakers (this is one of the reasons for meeting at night, to ensure the availability of these professionals). 

  • All equipment for team meetings and for the competitions (including robot-building materials)

  • Each team member will also be given a team jersey to wear at competitions.


What's Not Included:

  • Students/Families will be responsible for their own travel to and from team meetings and competitions.

  • Travel, accommodations, and entry to anything beyond local tournaments. For instance, if our team is fortunate enough to make it into the State, Regional, or National Tournaments there may be additional fees which will be discussed at that time.

FIRST Scholarship Opportunities*:

A big advantage to participating in FIRST is gaining access to millions in college scholarships made available by colleges, universities, and corporations who support FIRST. This is exclusive financial help open only to FIRST team members, giving them a competitive leg up on other students seeking educational funds.

  • Most are for use at the specific Provider college/university but some can be used at any school.

  • About 35% of FIRST Scholarships can be used for any course of study, not just engineering.

  • Amounts vary from one-time awards to full four-year tuition.


* Information from

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