"11 Years... and The Thunder Just Keeps Getting Louder!"
Inspiring students to become leaders through engineering and the fun of FIRST Robotics.
Rolling Thunder is FIRST Robotics Team 1511, of Penfield High School in Penfield, New York. It was founded in the fall of 2004 through a partnership with Harris RF Communications, a local government-contracted communications company. The team includes about 25 volunteers and 40 students. Volunteers range from electrical engineers to programmers and marketing experts.
Since our inception, Rolling Thunder has focused not only our growth as a team but also as a business. A copy of our Business Plan is available for to view and see our growth over the years.
Penfield High School, located in a residential suburb of Rochester, NY in Western NY, offers a comprehensive curriculum for students in grades 9-12. In addition to traditional core subjects, students can choose from a wide variety of Advanced Placement offerings for college credit, as well as numerous electives in arts, music, engineering, business and more. Vocational and alternative education experiences are also made available to students. A highly skilled staff works to create a warm and welcoming environment for all students and actively encourages the involvement of parents in their children's education.
Harris Corporation is an international communications equipment company focused on providing product, system, and service solutions for commercial and government customers. The company's five operating divisions serve markets for microwave, broadcast, network support, secure tactical radio, and government communications systems. Harris has more than 10,000 employees, including 4,000 engineers and scientists.
Harris RF Communications Division (RFCD) is a leading supplier of secure voice and data communications products, systems and networks to military, government, and commercial organizations worldwide.
Harris RF Communications
1680 University Avenue
Rochester, New York 14610
The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of students and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers. The Competition has grown to over 900 teams competing in 26 Regional Events, and The Championship held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta where more than 7,000 students participate.
FIRST redefines winning for these students. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.
For specialized work, the team is divided into the following subteams: