FIRST Robotics, the Sport of Smart, is a program designed to bring students, teachers, and engineers together. FIRST's 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.

This will be my 11th year working with FIRST.  Back in 2006 I was asked by our CEO to go over and help out the Robotics Team at the high school near our campus.  Eleven years later I am still loving and hating every minute of it.  Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST, describes it as, "the toughest fun you'll ever have".  I'll describe it as months of cold pizza, bad coffee, 8 day weeks, and 30 hour days working with the students to build a competitive Robot by the given deadline.  And every year I cannot wait to do it again.

I believe I have volunteered and participated in over 50 events; Atlanta, St. Louis, Lehigh (PA), Washington DC, Las Vegas, Florida, Long Island, NYC, Philadelphia, and most all in New Jersey.  I have probably built 40 Robots and inspected well over 2,000.  It's getting to the point where you close your eyes and all you see is wheel-encoders and strain-gages.  More to come ... 

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     The prototype for the PathFinder was made out of plywood and drywall screws.

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FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics
Email: BillTompkins at MidAtlanticRobotics dot Org

Recommendation Letter from Dean Kamen

About Me

FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR)
Board of Directors (2014 - 2017)
Senior Lead Robot Inspector (current)
Mentor Team 1279 (2010 - current)
Mentor Team 613 (2009)
Mentor Team 41 (2006-2008)

Lead Robot Inspector
NYC Regional (2009-2016)
Montgomery, NJ District (2016)
N. Brunswick, NJ District (2015)
Horsham, PA District (2015)
Mount Olive, NJ District (2011-2014)
CCNJ District (2012)
Washington DC, Regional (2011)

Robot Inspector
FIRST Robotics Championships (2010-2016)
FIRST MAR Championships (2010-2016)
Philly, PA Regional (2009-2011)
Trenton, NJ Regional (2009-2011)
Long Island, NY Regional (2012)
Orlando, FL Regional (2010)
Las Vegas, NV (2009)
and most FIRST MAR district events

FTAA Rutgers, NJ District (2012)
Judge Montgomery, NJ District (2010 - 2011)

Robotics Photo Archives