The LuNaTecs FRC Team 316 robotics team traveled to Springfield, Mass. during the snow storm on March 5 to participate in the New England –Pioneer Valley District Robotics competition.  The team, sponsored by Salem Community College, South Jersey Robotics, PSEG, Boeing and DuPont, competed against 32 other squads to take second place. The students also received the Imagery Award for their integration of team look, robot look and pit display.

LuNaTeCs 2015

The team with silver medals – standing from left to right Wyatt Retokowski, Billy Krimson, Zach Kubela, Justin Pharo and mentor Mike Marandola
Kneeling from left to right Jake Morris, Christian Steward, David Capaldo

The LuNaTecs, based at Salem Community College, have 12 students from the surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Students participate in FIRST® Robotics and, in partnership with Salem Community College, earn 15 college credits.

The next competition is at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, N.J., March 21-22, 2015. To show support for this nonprofit and to learn more about being a sponsor, mentor or to join the teams, visit the website at or email South Jersey Robotics at

More photos from the Mass. Competition here. Click here.