Who We Are
Our mission is to inspire young people to be leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build skills in science and technology as well as knowledge in engineering and mathematics. Students are encouraged to develop innovative trains of thought, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
We set out to sustain FIRST's values of Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation on the field and in our daily lives. We also work to inspire each other to be great problem solvers using our knowledge of STEM to prepare us for our grand futures.
Back in 1998, we were the 333rd team to register for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The collaboration between John Dewey High School and Canarsie High School, affectionately named "Can-Dew," continued until 2007.
In 2008, Filippo Dispenza, our current Lead Adviser, resurrected the team number, 333, and renamed us "THE MEGALODONS". Since then, we have been consistently growing in both population and performance.
We are proud to have been a New York City Regional Finalist in Rebound Rumble (2012).
The Imagery Award was awarded to us at the NYC Regional (2012), and the LI Regional (2014).
In 2016, we won the New York City Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi. For the first time, we also participated in the St. Louis Championships where we ranked 10 out of 75, and moved up to rank 7 becoming the alliance captain.
During the 2016 Off-Season, we won at the Hudson Valley Rally competition.
For the 2017 season we won the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Tech Valley Regional and were the Regional Winners. At the New York Regional we won the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox, Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories, and were the Regional Finalist.
During the 2017 Off-Season, we have won at Midknight Mayhem and at Hudson Valley Rally.