Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 20 2013

CNC Machines

CNC Machines Donated by Wittmann Robotics On Friday, 4 January 2013, the Gearheads received a CNC Machine donated by Wittmann Robotics. The CNC Machine, which stands for Computerized Numerical Control, cuts materials including wood, metal, plastic, and foam. The machine can be programmed to cut specific parts for a robot from a design created by a member of NRG. The Gearheads are excited for this addition to their workshop, and delighted that the CNC Machine came just in time for build season. NRG would like to extend a huge thank you to Wittmann Robotics for their generosity!

Jan 09 2013

Build Season!

Saturday, 5 January marked the start of the 2013 FIRST Robotics build season. FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is an international organization which encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year’scompetition, Ultimate Ascent, will challenge students to build a robot capable of throwing a Frisbee as well as climbing a pyramid. The beginning of build season marks a six week period where students will design, program, build, and electrically wire a robot that meets the requirements of FIRST’s challenge.

     FIRST Robotics team 4055, located at Northwestern Regional 7, is looking forward to the challenge Ultimate Ascent will provide. Lead mentor, Stephen Goyette, is excited for the skills and experience his students will acquire from this competition. “I am looking forward to the experience the Gearheads will obtain from competing during their second year. The team will test the skills they have acquired from their rookie year, and I am confident they will build an exemplary robot of a high caliber.” During their rookie year, the Gearheads received the Rookie All Star award, securing them a spot in the international championships in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gearheads will first compete in the Hartford, Connecticut Regional Competition, and hope to make it to the championship. Good luck NRG!

Jan 07 2013


Schoolwork before robotics! It is everyone’s responsibility to keep up to date with school work and do his/her school work with quality effort. Whether you are going home after school or staying through until we meet, PLEASE take care of your school responsibilities before attending robotics. For those of you who do stay through, the cafeteria is open for you after school. USE IT. Room 009 will be open about an hour before robotics begins (after the cafe closes) on Mondays and Wednesdays, EXCEPT Monday, February 18, during the build season.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities” – Stephen R. Covey

Jan 05 2013

On our way home

FIRST NRG 4055 is on the bus leaving the kickoff event in Farmington. In the history of Farmington hosting the event, we are the first team to ever assemble and have their robot running! Go NRG! Lets keep the momentum going! :) Sent from my iPhone

Jan 05 2013


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Jan 05 2013

And it Begins!

FIRST Team NRG 4055 is on their way to Farmington High School for the kick-off! Soon we will learn what our competition challenge is and begin designing our new robot. The next six weeks are going to be fun!!!! Sent from my iPhone

Jan 04 2013


On Saturday, January 5th, be at the school no later than 8:15 am wearing your team shirt, bringing your gear head, $5 for beverages, and your permission form if you haven’t submitted it yet! Woo hoo!!! :) Sent from my iPhone