Mad Science Appears at Green Fair

The Robotics team made an appearance at the Third Annual Madison Green Fair, an event first organized by Mad Science’s own Vijay Prabakaran. The Green Fair focuses on environmental sustainability issues.  On the technology front several electric cars were on display  (slightly less cool than our robot but impressive nevertheless) .

Mad Science Wows Board of Education

Mad Science presented to the Board of Education their journey from a rookie team last year to a member of the NJ State championship alliance.

The team highlighted not only all the work that goes into designing, redesigning, and building a robot for competition, but also the outreaches to the elementary school,  events like Engineering Week at the Liberty Science Center, and the FIRST scholarships won by the Robotics team members.

This year’s robot was also demonstrated of course, and this drew great reviews from the audience.


Records fall as Madison robotics team takes title

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Mad Science Day of Service

Mad Science will be at Torey J. Sabatini for the annual Day of Service and will bring robots for students to work with.

Mad Science Shows Off Their Work to the PTSO

The Mad Science demonstrated their Robot and detailed their journey from a Rookie team last year to a member of the State Championship Alliance this season.  Several members spoke about the competitions, the build, the outreaches and the benefits to the school while also highlighting the ‘Day of Service’ event to the elementary school.

This year’s Day of Service will be a Torey J and will be an expanded version of the Introduction to Robotics at Central Ave last year. Fourth graders will get the chance to work with robots hands on and test their work on a field.

Mad Science Appears at the 5th Annual Liberty Science Center Engineers Week

Mad Science ran robots at the 5th annual Liberty Science Center Engineers Week Robotics Exhibition on Monday, 2/20/12 from 9 AM to 3 PM, hosted by team Landroids.

Hundreds of guests appeared and kids had a chance to see our robot close up and take a hand at the controls. Joe, Isabel, Kevin, and Vijay ran our robots and had a chance to enjoy Liberty Science afterwards.

Mad Science joins Say Watt? alliance to win NJ State Championship and set two world records

Say Watt? selected Mad Science and Watt the Hex for the alliance that won the New Jersey Championship and set 2 world records in doing so.  Here on video.

After a mix of success and heartache Mad Science was in a solid position at the end of the Qualifying rounds, but one of the coveted top four spots to Captain an alliance eluded them. Say Watt? recognized the consistency of Mad Science and invited them to their  alliance along with sister team Watt the Hex.

The playoff matches were impressive with the Say Watt?/Mad Science team beating the Columbia HS Cougars/Moorestown Friends Schook Foxes, 504 to 315. setting world records for both highest alliance score and highest match score!

Sean Munkel wins First Robotics Scholarship to Stevens

Mad Science founding member and head programmer Sean Munkel won a $6000/yr 4 year scholarship to the Stevens Institute of Technology.  Sean was accepted under Early Decision and plans to study Computer Science at the campus in Hoboken.

Hopefully the nearby location means we can rely on Sean to make an occasional appearance next season with technical pointers.

Mad Science is Winning Alliance Captain at Robojoust!

Mad Science captained the winning alliance sharing their first place victory with the Basement Lion’s of Horace Mann and Megahertz! of Cliffside Park HS earning a spot in the NJ state championships for all three teams.

Mad Science also won the coveted Rockwell Collins Innovate Award which celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.

This year’s robot certainly came to life and after losing the first match due to a problem dispensing racquetballs went on a 8 match winning streak straight through the finals!

Autonomous mode performed well consistently often scoring both the bowling ball and the robot in the front goal and in tele-op mode the Robot made lifts scoring from 52-64 points with the crates alone.

The team ranked in 2nd place going into the playoffs and strong scouting resulting in requesting teams Megahertz (#5212) and the Basement Lions (#4326).  The alliance swept the competition in both the semi-finals and finals to win the championship.

The team hopes to compete again on Jan 21, 2012 at the Snow Day Showdown in Hightstown HS and then on Feb 11th at the NJ championships.


Bottle Hill Day a great success for Mad Science

The Robotics Team had a great day with a booth at Bottle Hill Day that allowed more than hundred kids to find the one magnetic ball on the field and place it in a goal.