This is the web site for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) team #172 NorthernForce Robotics, from Gorham and Falmouth High Schools, Maine.
FIRST Robotics Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership”.
The Falmouth and Gorham high school robotics team allows students, mentors, and their family members to work toward a common goal of designing, building, marketing, and operating a competitive robot in a business-like environment while supporting the ideals of FIRST. Students work side-by-side with professional mentors and parents to design, build, and program a 120-pound robot in a six week build season, with additional clinics and post-season events occurring throughout the year.
FIRST sponsors an annual robotics competition that pairs up professionals from companies or universities with high schools to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering. FIRST began in 1992 with 28 teams and today has over 2,500 teams internationally. Click this link to learn more about FIRST.
The design team is proud of itself for finishing up most of its work with a week to spare. Now we just need to print off our designs and send them to the mechanical team (which has already completed most of a chassis) and get them machined. We are still messing around with different methods of holding the ball inside … Continue Reading
There is one more great opportunity to get the rest of your fundraising hours. Just sell some Bon-Ton coupons! Here are the steps you need to follow: 1. Find a selling partner (just two per shift) 2. Find an adult to be at your shift 3. Let Mrs. Moutinho know the date and time so she can register you 4. Pick … Continue Reading
On January 17th, tons of people attended Spare Time bowling to have a great time and help support Team 172 Robotics. It was a huge success and we raised a total of $534. Thank you to everyone who attended this event and we hope to you see there next time!
For the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition challenge, Stronghold, team Northern Force is planning to use an imaging system. This 2 Mega-pixel IP Camera has built-in infrared illumination and can operate over a range of high resolutions and frame rates which will be helpful in optimizing bandwidth with our software interface. At some point in the feature we hope to use the camera over wifi using an access point as explained in this wireless ip camera setup guide. Northern Force’s programming team is developing image-processing algorithms that will help the drive team target boulders at the opposing Stronghold tower!
After over 10 years of support from Lanco, our team presented them with this plaque to show our appreciation. The picture shows two of our team members, Joe Moutinho on left and Max Abramson on right, with the president of Lanco, Edward J. Karabec.