Who Are We

The Miller Place Robotics Booster Club (MPRBC) is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization created with the purpose of organizing fundraising activities for two Miller Place School District teams; the High School Robotics team and the Middle School LEGO League Team. These teams participate in regional and national level competitions that are run and coordinated by FIRST, a not-for profit organization with the purpose of inspiring young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

What is the Robotics Club?

The Robotics Club is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to allow High School students to apply their interests in research, engineering and problem solving in a competitive environment. Participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition (as Team 514) is the focus of this team’s activities. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of high school students to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams design, build and program robots within the six weeks, and then participate in competitions designed by FIRST’s committee of engineers and other professionals.

What is the LEGO League?

The LEGO League provides Middle School students the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm for discovery, science and technology in a friendly, hands-on, competitive environment.

What is FIRST?

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

Vision:

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Mission:

“Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

About The Founder of FIRST:

Dean Kamen is the Founder of FIRST and President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation based in Manchester, NH. Mr. Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST. Mr. Kamen is also known for inventing the Segway. In 2005 he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Miller Place Team Robotics High School Team Accomplishments

Founded in 1999 as Team 273

Returned in 2001 as Team 514

Awards:

Regional Competition Winner

Regional Competition Finalist (multiple years)

Chairman’s Award

Woodie Flowers Award

Johnson & Johnson

Sportsmanship Award (multiple years)

Judges Award (multiple years)

Deer Park Invitational Winner (multiple years)

Half Hollow Hills Invitational Winner