Monthly Archive: March 2014

Mar 28 2014

FRC Photo Share

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Mar 28 2014

FIRST Robotics Internships

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Mar 28 2014

Gearheads Receive Entrepreneurship Award


Mar 28 2014

Hungry for Hartford!

Having made it to the finals and giving the number one ranked team a challenging set of matches, FIRST® Northwestern Robotics Gearheads Team 4055 is ready to work in alliance with other teams to make it to the finals in Hartford this weekend, March 29th and 30th! Below are links to the weekend’s agenda and map to Hartford Public High School. Come and support FIRST® NRG 4055!

Agenda  &  Location 

Mar 23 2014


Mentor’s Log, March 23, 2014, 10:08pm: Last night, Safety Captain Matt saw three deer on the way home from Southington. Tonight, FIRST NRG 4055 finished the two-days of qualifying rounds in third place (yay!). NRG was a team captain which allowed them to select two other teams to play in their three-team alliance in the final rounds. NRG and their alliance played in all three levels of the final rounds landing in THE final two out of three matches having to play all three (yay, yay, yay!)! Though the team did not take the “winner” title at the Southington Regional Event, they were “finalists” (second place alliance). They also won a prestigious Entrepreneurship Award for the second year in a row. In the team’s three short years, NRG 4055 has worked hard and earned the respect of veteran teams as they continued to make a name for themselves. Again, I have to state how extremely proud I am of this group of students. Thank you to all who support this organization, especially ALCOA Foundation, our Northwestern Regional family, our community businesses, and of course our personal families.

Side note: We are proud Northwestern Regional High School Highlanders (deer).  :)

Mar 23 2014

Starting day two

Northwestern Robotics Gearheads (NRG) ended the day yesterday in 5th place of 32 teams. Today they have more qualifying matches to play to see if they make it into the final rounds at the Southington District FIRST event. GO GEARHEADS!

Mar 22 2014

And we’ve arrived!

FIRST NRG 4055 is at Southington High Schoolnd about to practice on the main playing field. Qualifying matches start at 11am. Get your bot down here and watch Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in action!

Mar 20 2014

Southington District Event

[NE FIRST] 2014 Southington District Event [Archive] – Chief Delphi

Mar 19 2014

Support us in Southington!

The FIRST® Northwestern Robotics Gearheads (NRG) will be competing in a two-day event this weekend. 32 CT teams from Granby to Guilford, Torrington to Tolland, and one from New Hampshire will be there. Our under 20-student team is one of the smallest teams attending. Other teams have 50 and up to 100 members! WE NEED YOU! Please consider attending and supporting this young team. It is a family-friendly event with lots of music, cheering, intense competition, yet gracious and professional interactions all-around. See STEM in action! SPREAD THE WORD!

Where: Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT

When: Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23


Curious about what this year’s competition is?
Manuals the students need to know (unbelievable):


Mar 12 2014

Next Stop: Southington!

FIRST® Northwestern Robotics Gearheads 4055 would LOVE for you to cheer them on at their next event at the Southington High School‎, 720 Pleasant Street, Southington, CT on March 22 & 23. If you can only make it on one day, we encourage you to come on Sunday, March 23. The opening ceremonies start at 9am and the last qualifying matches are held from 9:30am to 12:30pm. At the end of the Qualification matches, the top eight (8) seeded teams become the “Alliance Leads.” They will then select two more teams to be a part of their alliance to compete in the final matches. It is an exciting day and we hope to see you there!

Mar 10 2014

Gearheads Know Robotics


Mar 10 2014

As we wake up Monday morning…

We reflect on what a terrific weekend FIRST® NRG 4055 had! We neither advanced past the quarter finals nor won an award… But we had a great time at the Groton District event! Team NRG was fully engaged the entire weekend. The drive team was continually planning strategies with alliance teams to play the most effective game possible. Build, Electrical, and Programming students were called in to make modifications during the event. The pit crew and safety captain manned the pit area and entertained questions from the public about our bot. The scouting team did the very important job of taking notes on all the other teams. This is critical for the drive team so they may plan a good strategy. Mentor Shelly volunteered to ensure visitors in the pit area were safe and distributed safety glasses. Mentor Tom volunteered on the playing field to assist the announcer and energize the audience with his enthusiasm. Mentor Michele was announced as a candidate for the prestigious Woodie Flowers Award which will be announced at the New England Championship. The team shared robot components with another team to get them up and running. We cheered on our alliance teams. We rejoiced in others’ victories. NRG was elated when their friends the Enforcers Team 178 received the well-deserved Gracious Professionalism® Award. EVERYONE on FIRST® NRG 4055 played an important role to the team unit. and we helped others as well. And what made this mentor most proud was how well the students represented their community with their innate Gracious Professionalism® and displaying their Coopertition® spirit. GO GEARHEADS!

Submitted by Rachel

Mar 09 2014

Out in the Quarters…

NRG 4055 fought hard with Gus 228 and RoboSquad 558. They won their first of the 2 out of three matches against  teams 230, 1699, and 1991. They lost the second. They were ahead in the third deciding round, but lost due to a technical foul (an opponent’s game ball bounced into an alliance team’s robot which was considered a possession – added points to the opponent’s score). NRG is staying to cheer on their friends Enforcers 178. We look forward to the awards ceremony at the end of this event… Will the team receive any awards? Stay tuned!

Mar 09 2014

NRG 4055 is in the Groton Finals!

They were up. They were down. They didn’t make the top eight… But… They were selected by a top eight team to play in their alliance! Team NRG is in the finals of the Groton District Event! They were selected by second ranked team 228, GUS from Meriden, CT. The three-team alliance is completed by team 558, RoboSquad from New Haven, CT. Yay!!!

Mar 09 2014

Groton, Day 2

After opening ceremonies and a few matches, the event is ahead of schedule…. So what happens in that case? A dance off! MichKayla represented our team out on the field and danced her bot off!

Mar 08 2014

Groton, Day One.

NRG 4055 ended the day in 19th place of 33… Their lowest rank of the day. If history repeats itself, NRG will climb in the ranks tomorrow as they’ve done in every event over the past two years!

Mar 08 2014

Eric the Gearhead!

Angry Eric is ecstatic to receive a customized Gearheads helmet designed to fit over his Mowhawk-style hair-do. The first time Eric saw a gearhead, he said he wanted one. Thank you to NRG4055 mentor Tom Goddu for designing and making this special helmet!


Mar 08 2014

Observing the Competition

Team NRG checks out the competition as they wait for their turn to practice at the Groton District Event.