Team #87


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

2023 Season Progress

We expect our robot to be finished by February 24th. 

The video below shows our first attempt at moving the "Big Stick" which is the boom to which will be attached the robotic gripper device.


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