FIRST Robotics Team 172 wins the Team Spirit Award and Ranks 6th, Captain Alliance 5, in the Quarter Finals at Pine Tree

Team 172 “The Northern Force,” the two-school FIRST® Robotics team from Gorham and Falmouth, ranked 6th at The Pine Tree District FIRST Robotics Qualifying Event on March 11-13, 2022 at Thomas College in Waterville. (Photo Credit: Kevin Murphy)

Team 172 “The Northern Force,” the two-school FIRST® Robotics team from Gorham and Falmouth, Maine, ranked 6th at The Pine Tree District FIRST Robotics Qualifying Event on March 11-13, 2022 at Thomas College in Waterville. Team 172 was the Captain of the 5th Alliance in the Quarter Finals, and won the Team Spirit Award, and not for the first time! They will compete again in Portsmouth, NH on April 1 and 2. 

FIRST Teams competed in-person for the first time in two years, but this year to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols, there were no onsite spectators. On April 1-2, tune in for the main feed and for the full field.

A total of 26 teams participated in the Pine Tree District event from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. All 15 of the Maine teams participated in the playoffs. Congratulations to Teams 4564 Orange Chaos (Brewer) and 8023 L.R.T.C. (Lewiston) for being on the winning alliance along with the alliance captain 5813 Morpheus (Concord, New Hampshire). Congratulations to Team 6153 “The Blue Crew” from Farmington for winning the prestigious Chairman’s Award. Other awards are listed at Congratulations go out to all the teams from Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts for their performance. It was good to have all the teams back and competing in person. 

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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”. 

Team 172, founded in 1996 by Roger Lord of Gorham, is co–coached by John Kraljic of Falmouth, Michelle Moutinho of Gorham, and a long list of volunteer parents and professional mentors from the area, supported by the generosity of several companies and individuals. Team 172’s mission is to work together as students, mentors, and families to learn and build, build and learn, teaching each other with patience and respect, and to compete well with peers from every other team with confidence and gracious professionalism, helping and learning from each other in the process

For more information and to contribute to Team 172, contact, or visit and on Facebook at

2021 Battle on the Bay

On Saturday, November 6, Team 172 was among the 4 Maine teams that participated in the NH Governor’s Cup/Battle of the Bay hosted by BOB, FRC 319. The four teams participating from Maine were 133, 172, 2648, and 4041. BERT, 133, and Iron Tigers, 4041 were ranked 1st and 2nd at the end of qualifying. BERT picked 5813 and 6690 to be alliance partners. That Alliance went on to win the Governor’s Cup. Here are some photos of that event. 

Bottle Drive 2021

FIRST Robotics Team 172 is having an Outdoor Bottle and Can Drive to help support the 2021-2022 season for the award-winning team from Gorham and Falmouth! Anyone can bring in bottles in either plain plastic bags or Clynk bags. The team will supply Clynk bags and tags if needed.

Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Robie Gym, 42 South Street in Gorham.

We’ll gratefully accept donations if you don’t have bottles and cans! For more information, write to or visit

Tax Info: Gorham High School, a public Maine high school, is the fiscal agent for Northern Force Team 172. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Gorham High School, 41 Morrill Avenue, Gorham, ME 04038.

National Volunteer Month

It’s April and that means it’s National Volunteer Month, a full month dedicated to celebrating volunteerism. And who has the best volunteers? That’s right! Northern Force Team 172! We couldn’t do it without all of our volunteer mentors. THANK YOU, mentors, for all your hard work in support of the Northern Force!!

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Mums Sale Update-Final

The Mums Sale ended on August 28th, and 327 mums were sold in total. Congratulations to the top 10 students who sold the most!

  1. Grant: 47
  2. Aiden: 41
  3. Max: 37
  4. Seth: 31
  5. Carissa: 25
  6. Libby: 24
  7. Seamus: 22
  8. Zack: 22
  9. Ben: 19
  10. Hunter: 13

Thank you to everyone who participated!