Community Outreach Efforts
Hopes in the Hills of Warren
Habitat for Humanity is an organization in which volunteers partner with Habitat for Humanity’s “Hope in the Hills of Warren” event. MORT eagerly participated in Warren County’s Habitat for Humanity event, Hope in the Hills of Warren, from June 23rd to 26th, 2017. During this time, our volunteers focused on helping disabled and low-income families in the Washington, Franklin, Mansfield, Hackettstown, and Oxford area. MORT tackled numerous jobs--painting, demolition, utility installation, cement work, floor replacement, fence replacing, closet system installation, and more!
Family Fun Day at Goryeb Children's Hospital
On Veterans Day, MORT participated in the Family Fun Day event hosted by the Goryeb Children’s Hospital located at the Hanover Recreation Center. The Family Fun day event was an effort to raise money for the Children's Hospital and an interactive day for families to meet new people, and participate in exciting games.
NJ Balloon Festival
Over the summer of 2016, MORT attended the QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, NJ. This is the Largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Attracting upwards of 165,000 people. For both dates students held demonstrations for the visitors and educated them about MORT and FIRST. Our MORT members wheeled our robot over a carpeted surface and spoke about our 2017 build and competition season. With over 25 MORT students participating this event was a success and we could not have done it without the help of our team. All in all teams were able to spread their love for first as well as watch the amazing hot air balloons soar high in the sky!
On July 19, 2017, MORT members enthusiastically gave a robotics demonstration at a camp sponsored by Parents of Extraordinary Children (PEAK) for special-needs children. PEAK sponsors the camp and other activities to give these children the opportunity to participate in engaging activities in a non-competitive and accepting environment. Children from any school district are welcome to participate, as organizers strive to include anyone in need.
Liberty Science Center
This past summer, MORT organized an outreach event at the Liberty Science Center located in Jersey City. Just like MORT, LSC promotes children’s involvement in STEAM, so we fit right in!When the visiting students were not interacting with our robots and team members, they were participating in our bucket tower challenge! The students were challenged build a tower that can hold a bucket full of coins. The children worked alongside MORT members and were able to designed and built their towers!
Through contacting the Simon Property Group, MORT was able to participate in the Rockaway Mall back-To-School Event. The event schedule required us to demonstrate our robot for 2 hours, and then speak on stage for 30 minutes after. By bringing two of our robots from past competitions, we were able to show children and their parents a little of what MORT has accomplished. People were impressed by our robots, and children were excited to play with the robots. We spoke about the robotics program and provided a basis of FIRST before getting into detail about our team. Each subteam was represented by a different MORT member on stage who spoke about their respective subteam. This event was necessary for our team to educate people in our community about robotics and the steps in order for them to join a team.
FLL State Tournament
Every year, the Mount Olive Robotics Team hosts the New Jersey FLL State tournament at Mount Olive High School. It allows the team to teach people around the state about MORT, robotics and FIRST. Many children and adults attend this tournament and become excited about robotics, science and technology as they walk around and learn about the different robots, teams and designs. Because so many alike innovators are at the same venue, children's interests are piqued as learn more about these fascinating topics, allowing the influence of FIRST to be spread around the state.
Adopt-a-Spot Roadside Cleanup
For quite some time, MORT has taken part in the Adopt-a-spot Roadside Cleanup by adopting a spot near Branda's Italian Grill in Budd Lake, NJ. Every year in the fall, team members go to the cleanup location and thoroughly clean the entire area, picking up trash and debris to help the community and the environment.
MORT Food and Coat Drives
In 2010, MORT began a Food and Coat Drive to gather donations for the Mount Olive Food Pantry, a local food pantry that helps feed many local families during the year. To raise donations, the team decided to send out requests for items to all FLL teams participating in the state tournament, and as an incentive it was made into a competition so that the teams that brought the most goods would win prizes. The effort was a great success and the team was able to donate food, coats, and jackets to help the needy during these tough times.
Elementary School & Scouting Presentations
MORT gives presentations to local community groups such as scouting organizations and elementary school children to provide an opportunity to experience MORT in a hands on robotics demonstration.
Annual MORT Roll-Out Event
Each year, MORT gives a presentation to the parents and local community members about how the team works and the team's accomplishments. MORT finishes the presentation with the unveiling of our final robot for that FRC season.
Mentoring local FRC & FLL Teams
MORT promotes FIRST in the New Jersey area by sponsoring a rookie FRC team every build season. The team has mentored many teams since our rookie year in 1997. If any rookie teams are looking for MORT to mentor them, we would be happy to oblige.
Organization of the FIRST Night Out with the Somerset Patriots Minor League Baseball Team
MORT has organized an event for local FRC teams to watch baseball and communicate with other FRC students and mentors. Teams get the opportunity to learn more about their companions in the FIRST community.
MORT Toys for Tots Drive Drop-Off location
During the FLL State Tournament 2010, we acted as a drop off location for FLL teams participating in the drive.
Mt. Olive Memorial Day Parade participant
MORT's hometown, Mount Olive, hosts a Memorial Day Parade every year which MORT is always proud to be a participant in. The team brings students and the previous season's robot to march in the parade with the rest of our community.
Mt. Olive Community Carnival participant
A basketball shoot out, a vex-battle bot station, and an egg drop station were set up; and at our large booth, we displayed information about both MORT and FIRST and we sold FIRST's LED light bulbs.
Relay For Life
MORT participates in our local Relay for Life event. Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. For more information check out the Relay For Life website.
Participation in Shop Rite's Partners In Caring Event
MORT has received recognition from New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, for our participation in ShopRite's Partners in Caring Program where we demonstrated our robot and drew crowds while collecting donations to feed less fortunate families in our community. (ShopRite Partners In Caring)