Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

Trying For Another Award Winning Robot

Trying For Another Award Winning Robot – Norfolk Now _ Norfolk Now

Feb 21 2013

Awards entries are in!

NRG 4055′s entries for the Chairman’s Award, Woodie Flowers Award, and the Entrepreneurship Award are all in ahead of the deadline!  Special thank to Megan and Abby for getting those in!!!  -Steve G.

Feb 21 2013

A well deserved break

Team NRG 4055 will resume meetings on Tuesday, February 26th at 6pm.

Feb 19 2013

Bagged & Tagged!

Sent from my iPhone

Feb 19 2013

Aim high!

The team is working in the last hours to get the bot to climb the tower! Sent from my iPhone

Feb 18 2013

10am Tues., Feb. 19

FIRST Team NRG 4055 is still at NWR7 tonight and will meet there again at 10am until the bot is ready for transport to the Enforcer’s facility. Parents are responsible for transporting students (parent-mentors may as well). We haven’t got a definite time for this move to the playing field, so stay posted!

Feb 18 2013

Monday, Feb 18

Team NRG will be meeting at 1pm on Monday the 18th. In the wee hours of the morning, the Cyr men and Izzy Fitch from Battle Hill Forge loaded the tower they built for transport. Good night (or morning)!

Feb 17 2013

FTC 6762 on the TV News!

FTC NRG 6762 was on the news with two quotes from FRC student mentor, Petoyn Watford!


Feb 16 2013

Meeting at 10 on Sunday the 17th

Team NRG 4055 will meet at the back entrance at 10am on Sunday the 17th.

Feb 16 2013

What a day!

Though our bot had a few problems, the team changed their strategy and played a terrific defense which got them to the final match at the Suffield Showdown! Ranking fourth over-all as an individual team and second in their alliance. Way to go NRG 4055! The middle school program participated in their very first competition against established teams with high school students. The are coming home with lots of experience and finishing 24th. We are so proud of all of our Gearheads!

Feb 16 2013

In the Finals at the Shakedown!

NRG is ranked 4th going into the final competition in Suffield! Four teams will battle it out soon. We are a captain of our alliance! Go Gearheads!

Feb 15 2013

A Lot is Happening Saturday, February 16

Suffield Shakedown… Last year we went to observe. This year we will compete! Our bot might not be fully functional, but it can shoot discs! Shane, Josh, Matt, Megan, Brandon, Meredith, Rod, and Nick, along with mentors, Michele and Phil will be leaving NWR7 by 6:45. The rest of the team will be working on the other part of the bot at the school starting at 9 am. Our new middle school FTC NRG team is competing on this day too! Go Gearheads!

Feb 11 2013

Schedule Changes

For the remainder of the week, NRG 4055 will meet from 4pm until 10pm on weekdays. We may end earlier at the beginning of the week and end later as we approach the weekend. Homework is first priority! Take care of school work before you come to robotics. If you are staying through, use the cafeteria to work on homework until robotics begins. Please ask your parents to contact Mrs. Cook (Andrew’s mom) to help out with quick and simple dinners this week. :)

Feb 11 2013

Parent Support Requested During Crunch-Time

Hello Gearheads! Though it is your responsibility to eat before coming in to NRG meetings, it looks like we will be working late every night this week… so… we will need nourishment! PLEASE ask your parents to contact Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Germond, or utilize the online sign-up system. Gearhead parents – Thank you for your continued support!!!

Feb 11 2013

Icy Conditions, Monday, Feb 11

Hello Gearheads! We are still opening the lab at noon today, Monday the 11th! Dr. Palmer and I just spoke. Mr. Boyle and the crews have cleared a way for us to get in, but it is VERY slick! Students must be driven in by their parent or guardian to the back door. Parking is only allowed at the back along the guard rails. It is very icy up on the hill. Parents and mentors, PLEASE drive very slowly. Everyone, please walk with caution and enter carefully as your wet feet will be slick inside on the floor as well. Call or text me to be let in.

Be safe!


Feb 10 2013


The crews are working diligently on clearing the school’s drive ways and lots… and we are going to get hit more more bad weather tomorrow morning! Dr. Palmer understands how important it is that we get in the building even though the school may be officially closed. She has made arrangements so we will have parking along the back guardrail tomorrow during the day and into the night (after the surfaces are cleared and treated for freezing conditions). CHECK WITH YOUR MENTOR to see what time after noon you should arrive to work with him/her. I will be there at noon through until the last one of us has a ride home.
Be sure to have eaten a good breakfast and early lunch. We hope that our supportive parent group will provide a dinner.
Plan on a good long productive day and afternoon!

Feb 09 2013

School Closed This Weekend

Change of plans my fellow Gearheads. Dr. Palmer has informed me that the school is not accessible at all. Massive amounts of snow and gigantic drifts are too much for our regular plowing crew. A pay-loader is coming in to clear the drive and lots. Dr. Palmer will contact me if the path is clear at a reasonable hour for us to get in and work for a few hours. Please check you email and this site for updates… But for now, assume we are not meeting on Sunday the 10th and will be working after school every night this week…possibly later than usual if you are  up-to-date with your schoolwork and your parents agree. Have fun in this fluffy stuff and stay safe!

Feb 08 2013

Parent Support Request

Karen Cook wanted to send you, the parents of NRG 4055, the following message regarding the meal sign up. This is a follow-up message to ask for your continued support of our kids and their mentors as they work hard towards their goal…a Championship robot! Thank you to all who have contributed so far. I know the snacks and lunches are greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, we have lots of open spaces when we need parents to step up. Please consider what you can provide and sign up. If you know of a business that may be willing to donate a catered lunch or snack, that works too! I’ve added the next two Sundays for lunch because they will now be meeting those days too. Keep an eye on the team website for any meeting changes due to weather. If you know of anyone who might be missing our emails, please let me know. Because response has been sparse, I’m thinking I do not have every parents contact email. Pass the word and encourage your kids to keep you updated. To view the sign up, go to:

Feb 08 2013


Recently, the FIRST Robotics Gearheads Team 4055 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 are delighted that the CNC Machine will soon be available for use. NRG would like to extend a huge thank you to Wittmann Robotics for their generosity!

The Gearheads are currently over half way through build season, and have been given the difficult task of building a robot capable of throwing a Frisbee as well as climbing a pyramid. Now, in addition to creating this robot, the Gearheads are attempting to cover the costs of the delivery and set-up for the machine. The Gearheads are reaching out to the community to help cover these costs, which amount to approximately $1500. The team is very excited to begin using the CNC Machine, and any donations to help cover this cost would allow the team to begin using the machine and would be greatly appreciated. Please contact NRG 4055 if you are interested in making a donation.

Feb 01 2013

Saturday the 2nd, 9-4

Hi gang! If you have teamwork to do, we are meeting from 9-4. If the gate is closed, use the Ag entrance. Text or call Rachel to be let in. :) Sent from my iPhone

Feb 01 2013

Fw: Welcome to PIne Tree

Welcome to the Pine Tree Regional FIRST Robotics Competition! On behalf of the entire planning committee, we would like to thank you for registering for this inaugural Maine event! We are so excited to have so many teams supporting us in this amazing endeavor. We are so proud you all will be coming to Maine, and we are definitely getting very excited to finally be able to tell our FIRST story to our own communities. This is an incredible opportunity for us as FRC teams, and we are very humbled to be sharing it with some of the best FRC teams out there. We have a few quick updates and information to share with you as you prepare for your trip to Maine! 1. Weather: The most important thing to remember about Maine is that the weather can be pretty unpredictable. Like most of New England, it can be beautiful and 65 one day, and frigid and 20 the next. April is one of the most unpredictable months we experience, as it is our transition to Spring, so please be prepared for anything. Layers are definitely the answer! Rain gear is definitely recommended! 2. Hotels: If you havent booked your hotel and your team is going to need them, it is imperative that you work on this very quickly. The hotels filled much more quickly than we anticipated. There are still options left, but please make reservations quickly! 3. Parking: There is plenty of FREE parking at the event. Busses will be no problem. 4. Volunteers: We are STILL looking for some wonderful volunteers! If you have parents or adults travelling with you, PLEASE ask them to sign up to volunteer for the event through VIMS! We have some AWESOME key volunteers already booked, and this promises to be one of the BEST Regional Competitions in FRC! 5. Food: The prices of the food in the arena have been set! There are plenty of choices for meals and snacks, so be sure to check out the prices on our website! We are asking that food NOT be brought into the arena, although there will not be any checkpoints to sneak through. We are asking everyone to be graciously professional at all times, and remember that supporting our venue with your food purchases means we will be welcome back to this location for many years. You can see the full menu on our website under the Concession Menu! If anyone has questions about this, please dont hesitate to ask! 6. VIP Invitations: If you have a member of your community who is an educator, an administrator, or a business representative, that your team would like to invite to this exciting event, please send their contact information to and we will send them a VIP invitation from the Pine Tree Regional Committee. We will do our best to show them all the excitement of a FIRST event, as well as let them know how important it is to your team for them to be involved. This is an excellent way to sell your team to your school and town. 7. Social Media: The BEST way to keep up with what we are working on here at Pine Tree is keep up with us on the Social Media scene! Website: Facebook: Twitter: @PinetreeR 8. Robot Load In: Robot Load In times will be Wednesday night (April 3) from 6pm to 8pm as well as Thursday morning starting at 7:45am. Please remember this is for 5 teams members ONLY (4 team members and 1 adult), and that teams are expected to enter the pit area, drop off material, and exit as quickly as possible. PLEASE dont set up your pit, put up banners, etc. This is not the appropriate time for those activities. If these two times dont work for your team, please contact us at, so we can make other arrangements, if possible. Okay, thats all from the planning committee for now. Again, we are SO excited that you all are coming to Maine, and we welcome you with open arms! This game is a REAL challenge, so we are definitely looking forward to seeing all the awesome solutions that you created! Our website is a GREAT place to get information if you have any questions, but please feel free to email us with any questions as well! Good luck with your build season and we will see you all in April! The Pine Tree Regional Planning Committee

Feb 01 2013

Fw: Reaching New Heights; Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarships; and more

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