Team 1257 Parallel Universe is an unparalleled FIRST team that strives to inspire passion for STEM. We design and fabricate robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in order to develop talent in STEM and prepare a new generation of innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Our aspiration is to create a community excited about STEM at the Union County Vocational-Technical Schools and beyond through FRC and our community outreach programs. We aim to create an environment where teamwork fuels creative problem solving.
To foster an inclusive environment where all students are motivated to acquire skills essential for real-world success through student-driven initiatives promoting creativity, confidence, education, engagement, and leadership in STEM and business-oriented projects.
FIRST Time at MAR Championship
Winning Team Spirit - Shows Growth
MAR District Championships Event Winner
Mount Olive Event Winner
Bridgewater Finalist & Gracious Professionalism Award
Archimedes Subdivision Semifinalist!
Semifinalist at FMA District Mount Olive Event 2022
Imagery Award at FMA District Bridgewater-Raritan Event 2022
FIRST is an international, not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1989 in Manchester, NH. FIRST had goals to inspire younger people to become interested in STEM. The organization currently has four programs that support their goal.
The main mission of FIRST is to inspire interest in STEM. They also emphasize innovation, teamwork, leadership, communication, confidence, and pursuing education and opportunities. These skills help prepare young people for the job opportunities that have been rapidly increasing recently.
The four programs that FIRST has are, FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL and FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Team 1257 is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. Every year, thousands of teams come up with a unique solution to the game of the year. Teams design, build, test, and compete with their unique game solution every year. They compete in local, regional, and even world competitions.
Awards and Honors. Take a look at what we've done, and how far we've come below!
|2022||FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Mount Olive Event 2022||Semifinalist|
|2022||FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Bridgewater-Raritan Event 2022||Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen|
|2019||FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship||Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson|
|2019||FMA District Bridgewater-Raritan Event 2019||Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson|
|2019||FMA District Mount Olive Event 2019||Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson|
|2018||MAR District - Hatboro-Horsham Event||Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson|
|2017||Brunswick Eruption 2017||Winner|
|2017||MAR District - Bridgewater-Raritan Event||Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers|
|2017||MAR District - Hatboro-Horsham Event||Excellence in Engineering Sponsored By Delphi|
|2016||FRC World Championship - Archimedes||Semifinalist|
|2016||MAR District - Championships||Winner|
|2016||MAR District - Bridgewater / Raritan Event||District Event Finalist|
|2016||MAR District - Bridgewater / Raritan Event||1st Seed Alliance Captain|
|2016||MAR District - Bridgewater / Raritan Event||Gracious Professionalism Award|
|2016||MAR District - Mount Olive Event||District Event Winner and Alliance Captain|
|2015||MAR District - Mount Olive Event||Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Labratories|
|2015||MAR District - North Brunswick Event||District Event Finalist|
|2015||MAR District - North Brunswick Event||Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Labratories|
|2015||MAR District - North Brunswick Event||Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler|
|2014||MAR District - Clifton Event||District Event Winner|
|2013||TCNJ FIRST Robotics District Competition||Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Labratories|
|2010||New Jersey Regional||Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Labratories|
|2005||Chesapeake Regional||Engineering Inspiration Award|
|2005||New York City Regional||Autodesk Visualization Award|
|2005||New York City Regional||Xerox Creativity Award|
|2004||Chesapeake Regional||Rookie Inspiration Award|
|2004||New Jersey Regional||DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award|