Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar 30 2013

On our way home!

Still energized from the regional robotics event, team NRG discusses strategy for Maine. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

Dancing at the CT Regionals!

Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

What a Competition!

We had a very rough start in the last days, rose in the ranks on the third day, and made it to the finals! Sadly, we did not advance… But WOW was the competition exciting!!! NRG plans to stay through the rest of the tournament and awards ceremony. Then it’s all about the Pine Tree Regional in Maine! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

And the finalists are…

94 qualifying matches were played over the past two days… The top 8 ranked team captains each selected two other teams to compete with… Team NRG 4055 has been selected to be on a final alliance! We are in the playoffs! :) Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

What are we ranked?

After NRG’s last qualifying match, we were ranked 25. It was a challenging match which our alliance didn’t win. As the team has lunch, we await the final results to see who will be on the finals! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

Last Qualifier!

NRG went into their last qualifying match ranked 10th. Their alliance was focused on defense and didn’t get too many shots in. This loss will pull us down in the ranks. Maybe one of the top 8 teams will choose us to be in their alliance in the playoffs.

Mar 30 2013

In a holding pattern

Drive captain, Megan watches on as NRG waits to compete in their last qualifying match. Currently, NRG is ranked 25. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013


Abby was selected to receive basket full of safety goodies from another team! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

Second qualifier, day 2

>> Results… In another winning alliance! Yay! >> >> Sent from my iPad

Mar 30 2013

What did he say?

>> Team NRG performed fantastically in their first qualifying round today! Shot after shot went into the goal with no misses. The emcee announced us as “last year’s rookie powerhouse” at the end of the match. Team NRG has made their mark in their short two years! Fear the Deer?… Fear the GEARS! >> >> Sent from my iPad

Mar 30 2013

Terrific mentor wins!

Tim Barrons from Farmington’s Enforcers, team 178, just received the 2013 Woody Flowers Award! He is most deserving. He and his team have been most helpful to our team two years in a row. Thank you and Congratulations Tim!!! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 30 2013

And We’re Off…

… For day 3 of the FIRST CT Regional Competition! NRG will be competition. Today, NRG will have three qualifying rounds at approximately 9:20, 10:10, and 11:25. You can watch the matches online! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 29 2013

Water Works

Ryan, Brandon, and Eli are having some fun at the Science Center in Hartford after a long day of competition. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 29 2013


Team NRG 4055 has experienced a few glitches, but bounced back with a new look and strategies. Currently we are ranked 37 of over 50 teams. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 29 2013

Todays Matches

If you can’t make it to the Hartfird competition, check us out on the Internet! NASA is streaming most of the FIRST competitions at Our tentative game times are: 9:21 10:59 1:08 1:48 3:08 5:03 Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

Working overtime…

What’s new?! NRG 4055 is still in Hartford. Parents, expect a call when we leave and when we’re driving by Saybrook Fish House. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

Tommy Boy Gets Inspected

Passed! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

Some Interesting Characters!

You never know what kind of characters you’ll meet at the CT Regional Competition! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

Hard at Work

NRG 4055 is hard at work in their pit area! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

Sikorsky X2 Technology Demonstrator

On display at the CT Convention Center is this Sikorsky helicopter. Sikorsky is a United Technologies Company (UTC). UTC is one of NRG 4055′s sponsors and the sponsor/host for the CT regional robotics competition. :) Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013

The Drive Teams…

… Listen to the head referee and Q&A time before practice begins. Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013


… The climbing mechanism! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013


Getting our work area ready! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 28 2013


… to enter, set-up the pit area, and practice! Sent from my iPhone

Mar 27 2013

Are You Ready?!

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“Tommy Boy” goes to Hartford tonight for the Ultimate Ascent Connecticut Regional sponsored by UTC! Twenty-three FIRST NRG 4055 students and mentors will be going on Thursday for practice and scouting. Twenty-nine are going on Friday to continue scouting, compete in qualifying matches, and network at a dinner social event. Thirty will be in attendance on Saturday for the remaining qualifying matches, finals, and awards ceremony.

ATTENTION TEAM NRG: Eat a big healthy breakfast before meeting us at NWR7 by 6:45. Please remember to bring/wear:

  • your team shirt
  • team cinch sack
  • comfy, toe-covering shoes
  • safety glasses (I have a bin with some)
  • lunch and snack money
  • a great attitude ;)

Travel Bus Transport Info:

  • Leaving by 6:50 each day, so please be at the front of NWR7 BEFORE that time.
  • Thursday: bus ready for leaving Hartford at 6
  • Friday, bus ready for leaving Hartford at 8:45
  • Saturday: bus ready for leaving Hartford at 6


Mar 23 2013

This Season…

… in a Yearbook! Thank you Abby for arranging this wonderful collection of memories! Take a look!

Mar 22 2013

Moolah for Maine

Pine Tree People:

Be sure to hand Ms. Vincent your $100 for travel and lodging BEFORE Thursday, March 28th.

Mar 22 2013

Dinero for Dinner

Have you given Ms. Vincent $8 for the Friday night social meal? Be sure to give it to her before Monday night’s meeting. You can drop it off to Ms. V. in room 9 on Monday. Thank you! :)

Mar 22 2013

Important Meeting – St. Louis

Hello NRG Team members and parents! Please do your best to attend Monday, March 25th’s meeting. We will be discussing, sharing opinions, and voting on items concerning the tentative St. Louis trip.

Mar 20 2013

Gearheads Put Robot’s Skills to the Test


Mar 20 2013

Did you give Ms. V your Field Trip Forms?

Hartford, CT and Lewiston, ME field trip forms are due today (Wednesday, March 20th) to Ms. Vincent! She will be at school until 3 then returning at 6 and leaving again at 9. If you can not find Ms. V. today, hand it into the main office staff to put in her mailbox before the end of the school day!

Mar 19 2013

Tuesday, March 19 Cancelled

All school activities are cancelled today and tonight. We’ll will see you all on Wednesday. Please do not forget your field trip paper work! You may drop it off to me in the Career Arts hallway before classes, or in room 9 anytime during the day, and of course, at Wednesday’s NRG work night!

Stay warm and safe!
-Ms. Rachel Vincent

Mar 19 2013

Twitter hashtag for CT Regional

FIRST Robotics Competition Connecticut Regional teams:
The CT FIRST Regional Planning Committee has established the following Twitter hashtag for use in your team’s Twitter posts leading up to, during and after the CT Regional March 29 and 30:
As a way to build positive awareness and excitement with sponsors, mentors, volunteers and media, support teams during the event and demonstrate expertise, teamwork, Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition, we encourage you to use the above hashtag in your team’s Tweets.
If you have not already done so, we also encourage you to ‘follow’ the official CT FIRST Twitter handle: @ctfirst

Mar 18 2013

Monday, March 18th Meeting Cancelled

Per Dr. Palmer’s request, NRG will not be meeting tonight, Monday, March 18th. Stay tuned about tomorrow! Be safe! :)

Mar 18 2013

Schedule Update

Updated March 18

  • Focused Work Session Saturday, March 16, 10am-3pm (attendance required only if you have a specific job to perform)
  • Meeting on Monday, March 18, 6-9pm  Cancelled due to impending weather
  • Meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 6-9pm ? IS YOUR FT YOUR PAPERWORK IN?
  • Meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 6-9pm Paperwork due!
  • Meeting on Thursday, March 21, 6-9pm
  • Meeting on Friday, March 22, 6pm – ?

Mar 14 2013

Field Trips: Friendly Reminders :)

Be sure to get your completed paperwork in to Ms. Rachel Vincent if you plan to attend the Hartford Regional and/or Pine Tree Regional before the end of the school day Wednesday, March 20th.

Our 2013 season shirts are in! You need to wear this one for competition days. If you did not get one last night, see Ms. Vincent Friday or Monday night. $5 per active member. There are extras for sale too – $10 each.

Mar 11 2013

Organized and taking ownership

NRG4055 will be working each night this week on the prow and other items. We hope to see you here and helping the team get the job done! If you arrive and do not know what you do, please check the “wall” and see what has been assigned to which student/s. Ask those student/s listed how you can help. Thanks! :)

Mar 07 2013

Thurs. 3/7 Cancelled

Hello Team NRG! The slick weather conditions are predicted to strengthen this evening through the night therefore we are cancelling tonight’s meeting. The events planned for tonight will happen at Tuesday’s meeting, same times.

NRG4055 will hold a work session on Friday evening from 6pm-9pm as long as the driveway is cleared. Assume we are on unless I contact you otherwise. NRG4055 is also holding a Saturday work session from 10am-2pm. These are very focused work sessions. If you do not have specific assignments from your mentors, do not plan on attending. We will resume our regular Monday, Tuesday, Thursday schedule next week.

Be safe!

Mar 07 2013

Hartford CT Regional Competition Field Trip

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You should have been emailed a letter and forms for the Hartford Connecticut Regional Competition Field Trip. If you need another copy, please check in the “forms” area of our site or ask Ms. Vincent. All forms are due before the end of the school day on March 20th. Please check the regulations for eligibility to attend competitions. You must have a passing average and have attended at least 70% of team meetings. We have missed many of our members during the busy build season. We’ve put more hours in during the build season than we have for the rest of the year. If you have not been an active member, we still want you to attend and experience the regional competition to support the team. It is a BLAST! You will, however, have to have the same requirement of passing average grade to attend on Thursday and pay $10 per day to ride the bus. We would LOVE to have as many people as possible join us on Friday and Saturday when we do not have school. Invite everyone! There is room on the bus on a first-come, first-served basis for the same $10 per day fee and paperwork completed and handed in by the end of the school day March 20th. GO GEARHEADS!