Saturday
Oct122013

2013-2014 Robotics Season About to Begin!

Team 2084 will compete in the Savage Soccer competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on November 23, 2013. This is a competition with the VEX robots. We were the champions last year, our rookie year! It's an exciting event. The kickoff that introduces this year's challenge is Saturday, Oct. 19 at WPI. We will start designing and building the VEX robot after school starting the week of October 21. Hope to see you there!

The FIRST 2014 Kick Off is on January 4, 2014 in Manchester, NH. This is when the 2014 challenge will be revealed. Plan to attend! From that day until "Stop Build" day on Tuesday, February 18 (during February vacation), we will work as much as possible on our new robot. There's lots of work and we need lots of people to do it.

The competition schedule has changed from previous years. We will compete at two New England district events. The first is at University of New Hampshire on March 6-7, and the second is at Northeastern University on March 28-29. If we do well enough at these two events, we will qualify for the district finals held on April 10-12 at Boston University. The winners of the district finals go on to the national championship in St. Louis on April 24-26. 

 

Wednesday
Sep182013

The 2013 Competition - Ultimate Ascent

The Manchester Essex Regional High School Robotics Team, Robots by the C, competed in US FIRST (for Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Boston Regional Robotics competition in March 2013. A group of 25 boys and girls, with guidance from mentors, designed, built and fundraised to make an awesome robot for this challenge.

The challenge in 2013 was to build a robot that could throw Frisbees into targets and climb a seven and half foot tall tower. Robots by the C decided to focus on climbing the tower and created a 120 pound robot in only six weeks that climbed the tower by rotating end over end as it climbed. This task involved many mathematical equations, with a lot engineering and technology. This competition has been named “the varsity sport for the mind.”

Competing against 50 teams from New England, Brazil and Canada over loud music and the roar of the crowd, the team won many matches over the three day event. Robots by the C accomplished their challenge of climbing the tower but did not make it into the finals. Although they did not make it to the finals, they certainly gained knowledge, team work, accomplished execution and had tons of fun!

The new challenge will be revealed on January 4, 2014!

Sunday
Apr282013

Ultimate Ascent 2013

The Manchester Essex Regional High School Robotics Team, Robots by the C, competed in US FIRST (for Inspiration & recognition of Science & Technology) Boston Regional Robotics competition in March 2013. A group of 25 boys and girls, with guidance from mentors, designed, built and fundraised to make an awesome robot for this challenge.

The challenge this year was to build a robot that could throw Frisbees into targets and climb a seven and half foot tall tower. Robots by the C decided to focus on climbing the tower and created a 120 pound robot in only six weeks that climbed the tower by rotating end over end as it climbed. This task involved many mathematical equations, with a lot engineering and technology. This competition has been named “the varsity sport for the mind.”

Competing against 50 teams from New England, Brazil and Canada over loud music and the roar of the crowd, the team won many matches over the three day event. Robots by the C accomplished their challenge of climbing the tower but did not make it into the finals. Although they did not make it to the finals, they certainly gained knowledge, team work, accomplished execution and had tons of fun!

Team members: Captains- Dustin Ferzacca, Loyd Waites & Sam Carlberg; Team- Alexei Goldsmith-Solomon, Alexis Hemeon, Alex Shepard, Austin Waldsmith, Ben Wolsieffer, Brady Winn, Christine Pries, Dylan McClure, Julia Whitten, Sam Creighton, Scotty Franklin, Tatum Hosman, Teirney McTiernan, Toni Rerisi, and Tyler Duda; Advisor Joseph McDonough; Mentors Dennis Carlberg, Mory Creighton, Nick Ferzacca, Rob Solomon, Lynn Atkinson, Gary Gilbert, Sarah Creighton, and Gail Halloran.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Spaulding Education Fund, The Hooper Fund, MIT Lincoln Labs, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Society of American Military Engineers, and Pinpoint Laser Systems.

Sunday
Mar032013

Team 2084 Climbs

Tuesday
Dec042012

Robots by the C starts off a new school year with a win and a new advisor

Robots by the C won the Savage Soccer Vex robot competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on November 10, 2012. Our robot’s sweeper engulfed all blocks in its path. We were undefeated in every match and had lots of high scoring rounds to come out on top in a field of 63 teams from Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire. Our alliance partners in the finals were Whitinsville Christian High School from Whitinsville, MA and the Nutrons from Boston. It was an exciting day!!!

Students, mentors and parents welcome advisor Joseph McDonough to the team! Mr. McDonough is a fifth grade teacher at Memorial School. We are happy to have him as our advisor. There are also three new captains this year, seniors Sam Carlberg, Dustin Ferzacca and Loyd Waites. The team is building on the excitement from last season, including being a finalist at the Boston FIRST competition. We encourage new members to join. We have new robotic challenges this year. So far, we’ve participated in the Post Rebound Rumble competition in Manchester N.H. in October and Savage Soccer in November.  We also held a fundraising auction at JD Meyers & Friends in Magnolia. The team thanks JD Meyers for all their help and support, as well as the bidders at the auction.

Our current project is the FIRST challenge called Ultimate Ascent. The robots compete to score points by throwing Frisbees and climbing a seven and a half foot pyramid. As usual, it’s a tough one! We have another five weeks to build the robot. The competition will be held on March 21-23, 2013 at Boston University’s Agganis Auditorium. Hope to see you there!!!