A Hudson County robotics team with members from three different high schools are raising funds to compete in their first Mid-Atlantic District Championship next week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Questionable Engineering, or simply QE, was founded in August 2022 by a group of students from High Tech High School in Secaucus and was joined by students from McNair High School and St. Dominic’s Academy, both located in Jersey City.
“There’s not a problem that one of my team members can’t solve. The build and code talent is superb,” team captain Lucas Slurzberg said in a statement.
Over the past two weeks, the group has taken home the coveted “blue banner” as a district event winner and earned the “Rookie All Star” and “Rookie Inspiration” awards.
Additionally, their coach, Dave Slurz, who is also a rookie to FRC, was honored with the Woodie Flowers nomination and the Donald Bower award.
“When you have a group of high school kids so determined to create a robotics program that they are willing to start one from scratch, you know you have some fearless competitors,” stated Slurz.
With regional competition already on the calendar and the world event in Houston, Texas in their sights, the only thing slowing down this rookie team is their need to raise $10,000 in a matter of weeks to cover registration and team and equipment travel costs.
A GoFundMe page has raised $4,558 from 74 donations, shattering their initial goal of $4,000.
QE made debuted with a first place finish in their first ever district championship in Robbinsvill, followed by a second place showing in Warren Hills.
Next week, the team is looking forward to competing in the first Mid-Atlantic District Championship in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania between April 5th and April 8th.