New Kent Robotics was founded in 2019 to bring STEM to students in New Kent through robotics activities. As a community based organization, our activities are available for public, private and home schooled students. Our FTC Robotics Team 16537 LOGICoyote has had 4 very successful seasons competing in games Sky Stone, Ultimate Goal, and Freight Frenzy, and Power Play. The future engineers on this team designed, built, programmed, and modified robots to compete in the games, and advanced to the Regional Championships 3 times! Along the way, the team connected with STEM professionals and reached out to the community about STEM education opportunities. During the off-season, the team works on refining building, programming and CAD skills, outreach events, and hosting CAD competitions for other robotics students worldwide.
Looking forward, we want to reach even more New Kent Students.
- Our FTC team #16537 LOGICoyote will continue to compete – and we are actively recruiting new members.
- We started a robotics club so that elementary school students and students who are not ready to participate on the team can still learn and experiment with robotics
- We want to start a FIRST Lego League team for elementary school students.
- There is enough interest for a second FTC team for middle and high school students.
If you would like to be involved in any way, please fill out our contact us form. Interested students will be invited to open houses to see if our robotics team a good fit for now or the future. We are also looking for other mentors and coaches, local business sponsors, community leaders, and anyone willing to help out in any way!
I’m Randy Hintz – computer programmer, homeschool dad, and for the past 6 years a FIRST Tech Challenge mentor and coach.
In 2016, my son Michael was introduced to robotics through a week-long summer course hosted by “Lord of the Bricks”, a robotics team in Mechanicsville. That fall, he joined the team, and I signed up as a team mentor. For three years, we commuted 40 minutes to team meetings twice a week or more. I soon became a coach, and I watched amazed as Michael and his teammates grew in confidence, technical knowledge, and teamwork. It has been “the hardest fun” they’ve ever had. While the impact was worth the travel time, we believed the time had come for us to bring what we have learned to our community in New Kent, Virginia. We have been overjoyed by the response from the families, businesses, and community leaders. We are excited to see how this robotics program will grow.
To learn more about our program, you can browse this website. There are links at the bottom of each page that will take you through the whole site in a logical sequence, or you can use the menus to jump to a specific topic of interest. We will also be posting progress updates under Latest News.
If you want to learn about New Kent Robotics but don’t have much time, come here.
We’ve put together a lot of information to answer most questions you may have. There is a link at the bottom of each page that will take you to the next page.
If you are interested in joining our team, helping out, or would like more information, please contact us!
We will post blog style updates on the team’s progress.