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Latest News

2015 Build Season! It's almost Rally Time

Tuesday, February 10 2015 by Cynette

Welcome to WEEK 6! We now have one week left to finish the robot for the game Recycle Rush. 
Please check out our last-week progess on our shop Webcast from 6-10pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends.  (Click the Webcast button on the right side of the page ===> )

The Rochester Rally Scrimage is this coming Sunday, February 15.  Join us and over 20 local teams in the Penfield High School East Gym  from 10 am to 4 pm.  Opening ceremonies are at 12 noon!  Rolling Thunder will be putting up a full field so all of the teams can test their robots and simulate the actual game. 

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FIRST LED Light Bulbs are Back!

Sunday, September 14 2014 by Leann

We are now selling the latest generation of our 60W energy-efficient light bulbs made by Cree. They do not contain any harmful chemicals like mercury or lead. They are now $10 each, which is less than what they are selling for in stores! Plus, it benefits our team!


If you are interested in purchasing some, please email We also provide discounts for people buying 5 or more bulbs!


Thank you for your support!

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1511 Advocates for STEM Education on Capitol Hill

Monday, June 23 2014 by Leann

On Tuesday, June 17th a delegation of 8 students, two teachers and 6 engineer, community and parent mentors spent the day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. meeting with the offices of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand,  and the offices of Representatives Dan Maffei and Sean Patrick Maloney.  They received a private tour of the Capitol, courtesy of Senator Gillibrand, before a wonderful meeting with Congresswoman Louis Slaughter.  They finished off the day with a visit to Senate gallery to watch the voting a of the new Assitant Attorney General.   Rolling Thunder was one of 17 robotics teams from 14 states who were in DC as part of the 2014 FIRST National Advocacy Conference, organized by newly minted Championship Chairman's Team 27 Rush.  The students discussed with NY legislators the need for an increase in both the numbers and diversity of workers who are trained in STEM fields and how funding for Elementary, Middle and High School programs like FIRST Robotics can help achieve that goal.   Prior to the legislative meetings students received two days of training on how to effectively meet with legislators and specific information on the bills that establish funding for K-12 public schools.

You can check out all of our pictures from the trip here!

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A Storm is Coming to St. Louis!

Tuesday, April 22 2014 by Leann

We're rolling out to St. Louis today for the Championship Event! We are so excited and so honored to be going to Champs for the 10th year in a row!

Be sure to Like Us on Facebook (click on the Facebook link to the right -->) for lots of fun pictures and updates. And you can keep track of how we're doing and watch us play on the Newton Division here.

Good luck to all the teams!

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We won Chairman's!!

Monday, March 31 2014 by Leann

We are so honored to have won the Chairman's Award at the Finger Lakes Regional this past weekend! Our team definitely works hard throughout the year, trying to make our own mark on the world and in FIRST. Thank you to all of our friends and family, our school, our sponsors, and our community for all of your support, collaboration, and help!

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