Rancocas Valley Robotics is located in one of the most pleasant places in the country, Mount Holly, NJ. It is the county seat of Burlington County, New Jersey and home to the oldest running courthouse in the United States. RVR 87 was founded in 1997 by Wayne “Schmitty” Smith, a shop teacher at RV, and Ron Macintosh, a Technology Education teacher at RV. Under their tutelage, the team experienced the growing pains that any rookie team goes through. At the start of the 2000-2001 school year, John Jeffries, an Earth science teacher, took leadership of the team. Then in the 2003-2004 school year, Mr. Harvey Hans, an engineering teacher and Mr. Don Arter, a graphic arts teacher, took over as head advisors. Mr. Hans assumed the role as the team’s sole advisor in the 2006-2007 school year. In the 2016/2017 school year, Mrs. Bunting joined the team as a secondary advisor to assist Mr. Hans. For the 2017/2018 school year, Mrs. Bunting will be taking over as the head advisor to replace Mr. Hans as he steps down from his position. Our main sponsor for most of the team’s existence has been Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors in Moorestown, NJ. There are many local establishments that have assisted the team over the years financially. Most recently, Lockheed Martin, Comcast, and NAVSEA & NDEP assisted the team with financial support as payments of registrations fees and other financial donations. Metal Specialties of NJ and Lowes of Lumberton are assisting with the much-needed parts and metal donations. Today Team 87 consists of over 40 student competitors and 5 mentors.
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