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NRG’s special visitor at the 2014 Where Is Wolcott Robotics Event

On June 14th the Gearheads competed in the 2014 Where is Wolcott robotics event.  It was a beautiful day and NRG was busy trying out possible new drive team members. The team agrees that the best part of the day was the special visitor from New Hampshire named Luke who joined the 4055 Gearheads for the day.  It was Luke’s 10th birthday and he wanted to see robots.  His grandparents drove him to Wolcott, CT to see robots at the event.  NRG’s passion for the younger generation to become involved in science and technology kicked right in and Luke was given royal treatment.  He had a tour of the robots in the pits, he stood with the drivers during a match, Jack Kentfield made a special announcement to the crowd and presented last years Frisbee game piece that was signed by the entire team and Luke helped pick our alliance team as a junior team captain. NRGLuke2NRGLuke3NRGLuke4 NRGLuke1

NRG 4055 went on to finish the day by winning the 2014 Where is Wolcott event with their alliance members, Team Gus 228 and Team Operation P.E.A.C.C.E 3461.


The Northwestern Robotics Gearheads (NRG) along with alliance members; Shelton Gaelhawks 230 and South Windsor Bobcats 177 won first place at the New England FRC Region Championship in Boston, Mass. Team NRG 4055, sponsored by Alcoa Foundation, United Technologies Corporation, Whiting Mills LLC and Northwestern High School, competed in three Connecticut District events in March. The team won second place in two of the three events along with the prestigious Gracious Professionalism Award (Johnson &
Johnson) , the Quality Award (Motorola) and the Entrepreneurship Award (Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers) on two competition levels (District and Region Championship). These remarkable accomplishments propelled this amazing three-year-old team to the FRC World Championship in Saint Louis, MO which took place April 23 through 26. NRG 4055 was one of 400 robotics teams from all over the world competing for the world championship title. The team finished in 21st place of the 100 teams in their division. FIRSTNewEnglandChampions2014


What is FIRSTTM? (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

FIRST is a non profit organization devoted to kindling and advancing the pursuits of science and ingenuity. Founded over 20 years ago by Dean Kamen, FIRST culminates into an international competition where people and teams can gain recognition, meet friends, gain new skill sets, and most importantly learn the meaning of Gracious Professionalism.

FIRST  Programs

FIRST hosts 4 different robotic competitions for all ages.

  1. Jr. FIRST Lego league, Grades K-3, ages 6-9
  2. FIRST Lego League, Grades 4-8, ages 9-16
  3. FIRST Tech Competition, Grades 9-12, ages 14-18
  4. FIRST Robotics Competition, Grades 9-12, ages 14-18

FIRST is an all inclusive program that allows development of many skill sets, the creation of many things, and the development of cooperative skills that will last a life time. Even after high school Alumni can come back to a team and help as mentors.

FIRST  Vision & Mission

“To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”  Dean Kamen, Founder

“Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

FIRST creates and supports Gracious ProfessionalismTM and CoopertitionTM

FIRST  Values

“Gracious ProfessionalismTM

Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term “Gracious ProfessionalismTM.”

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It”s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.”


CoopertitionTM produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.”


FIRST robotics truly is the ”varsity sport for the mind,” and we here at N.R.G encourage anyone and everyone to take part in this organizations amazing programs.

Kamen, Dean, and FIRST. “Mission, Values, and Vision.” USFIRST.org. US FIRST. Web. 08 Feb. 2012. <http://www.usfirst.org/>.

FIRST®, FIRST® Logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and FTC®, are registered trademarks of FIRST® (www.usfirst.org) which is not overseeing, involved with, or responsible for this activity, product, or service.

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