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Our team was founded in 2004 with the help of two students, one who transferred to Montgomery from Hillsborough and another who transferred to Montgomery from Bound Brook. Both students helped spark interest in what would later become the Robotics Team: FIRST Team 1403 Cougar Robotics.
We had full support of our school board, the Vice Principal Mr. Clymer, and Mr. Kloberg, a senior mentor of FIRST robotics. Our team kicked off its first year in great success, receiving numerous accolades at regional competitions and earning the opportunity to go to the World Championships. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, we were advised by Mr. O’Toole. In 2007, our current MHS technology education teacher Mr. Leicht took on the role of Team Advisor.
Our team has greatly transformed since 2004. In the beginning, the robot was mostly built by professional engineers, but now, our team’s devotion to educating the newer members has created an environment where the students do the vast majority of the work on the robot themselves.