Recharge Your Robots! Penfield High School Robotics Team 1511 Hosts Mock Competition

Penfield High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 1511, Rolling Thunder, sponsored by L3Harris and Penfield High School, is hosting and competing in a scrimmage, Rochester Recharge, from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, June 5, 2021 in the East Gym at Penfield High School. Recharge will allow teams to highlight their robot designs and let their drivers show their skills. This is the first in person competition in the Rochester area since March of 2020!  Due to Covid-19 restrictions the event is not open to the public, however it will be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, as well as PenfieldTV. Small news crews are welcome.

In INFINITE RECHARGESM, two alliances work to protect FIRST City from approaching asteroids caused by a distant space skirmish. Each Alliance, along with their trusty droids, race to collect and score Power Cells in order to energize their Shield Generator for maximum protection. To activate stages of the Shield Generator, droids manipulate their Control Panels after scoring a specific number of Power Cells. Near the end of the match, droids race to their Rendezvous Point to get their Shield Generator operational in order to protect the city!

Penfield’s FIRST Robotics Team 1511 was founded in the fall of 2004 through a partnership with L3Harris, a local government-contracted communications company. The team includes around 50 students and over 30 mentors. Mentors range from electrical engineers to programmers and marketing experts. The team has earned 65 awards so far in its 16-year career and hopes to earn more in its upcoming competitions to qualify for Championships in Detroit, MI.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. For more information, contact the team at

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