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Robotics Team 303 Giving Back to Community

Audrey Blumberg

Friday, August 15, 2014 • 1:30pm

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan High School TEST Team 303 has continued its winning streak recently, after placing third in the 2013 FIRST World Championships.

The team is a robotics team based at the high school as part of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an organization that motivates young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM, science, technology, engineering and math.

The team has existed since 1999, and in the high school since 2000.

In March 2014, Team 303 became the MidAtlantic Robotics Chairman's winner.

Since then, TEST Team 303 has been actively involved in the community, first by volunteering at the annual 4-H Fair at North Branch Park. There, they spread awareness about STEM and got children playing with the robot.

The team continued to help the community at an Operation Shoebox event at TD Bank Ballpark Aug. 9, helping to make more than 700 packages for service men and women overseas.

Coming up, Team 303 will be hosting a fundraiser at YESTERcades of Somerville Aug. 17. The original all-day price at YESTERcades is $25, but on Aug. 17, it will be $15 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. During the fundraiser, Team 303 will be collecting canned food to donate to a local food bank.

Then, on Aug. 24, Team 303 will be hosting a car wash at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Field House. The car wash will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be $5 for cars and $8 for trucks.

Anyone looking to have Team 303 volunteer can contact the community outreach leader, Rachael Oliver, at rach.oliver15@gmail.com.

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