RVRHS FIRST Robotics
Team #87

Our STORY

We strive to bring together the creativity of our team members with the discipline of engineering. Team #87 leverages the opportunities provided by FIRST to introduce our members to the world of STEM. Founded in 1997 by Mr. Wayne “Schmitty” Smith, a shop teacher at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, and Mr. Ron MacIntosh, an RVRHS Technology Education teacher, our team has designed and fabricated robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for 25 years!

At the start of the 2000 school year, John Jeffries, an Earth Science teacher, took leadership of the team. In 2003, Mr. Harvey Hans, an engineering teacher, and Mr. Don Arter, a graphic arts teacher, became the team advisors. Mr. Hans assumed the role as the team’s sole advisor during the 2006 school year until his retirement in 2021. English teacher, Mrs. Mary Ellen Panter and Science & Technology Supervisor, Dr. Ronald Maniglia have served as co-advisors since 2021.

The Rancocas Valley Regional High School District, a forward-thinking learning institution, empowers every student with the knowledge and skills to be a contributing member of the community by providing meaningful curricular and extracurricular experiences. We believe that "FIRST is the varsity sport of the mind". We encourage our team members to develop STEM-related knowledge and skills in becoming the next generation of innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Go Diablo!

Founding 1997 RV Team #87

2022 CDR presentation

Lockheed-Martin CDR presentations were held remotely in 2022 due COVID restrictions. Due to supply-chain issues and other logistical matters, the team was unable to finish the robot in time to participate in our planned competitions. However, this was one of our most ambitious years, with the team for the first time designing an original chassis using an holonomic drive train.

RVRHS Team 87 CDR 2022.mp4