An article has been made in Mainebiz about the team’s search for a new practice field, and the importance of the field to Northern Force and other southern Maine teams. Take a look at this wonderful article and please let us know about any available space you may know about!
Rejoice! The long awaited Northern Force meal is now available at Rivalries in Falmouth! The meal is called Robot Rations, and every time someone buys one, part of the profits are donated to us. It’s also delicious!
This month is National Mentoring Month! Celebrate our mentors with us by posting on social media with the hashtags #MentoringMonth and #CHAMPIONTHEGAME, and tell us how mentors have made an impact on you. Mentors are such a big part of making everything we do possible, so it’s always good when we get a chance to thank them for all they do.
Team 172’s Parent Group offers team support through fundraising initiatives, instruction and oversight of sub committees, supplying team meals during build season, and providing transportation to competitions. They also cheer like maniacs from the bleachers, and, in the case of the 2020 season, offer up mad sewing skilz. We couldn’t do it without them!
A few weeks ago, Northern Force students and mentors alike held their first All Team Meeting in a very long time, however this time, it was over Zoom. It was a strange new experience for everyone but we managed to get through it, seeing approval from most attendees. During the meeting, we introduced new students to the overall idea of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Using breakout rooms (a feature within Zoom to create smaller meetings within the original), students on the Leadership team held small conversations with new students to introduce them to 2019’s game; Destination: Deep Space. New students were given the opportunity to watch the animated trailer, read over the Game Manual, and devise optimal strategies for winning matches and obtaining Ranking Points. The team also went through the same orientation stuff as each year, describing the season, talking about subteams, registration, etc. The team also discussed the possibility of tackling one of FIRST’s many new challenges that have been introduced for the “at-home” season this year. Team 172 is bound to have many more meetings like this in the near future.
It is with “deep disappointment” that the President of FIRST, Larry Cohen, announced a season suspension for Spring 2020. Please read President Cohen’s letter to the FIRST Community at this link: https://www.firstinspires.org/covid-19
After a slow build season and a rough start to the weekend at the South East Mass District Event, Team 172 was able to get on its feet and win a few qualification matches with Sparky, this year’s robot. After playing hard, Team 172 was ranked 31st in qualifications and was the second pick of Alliance Seven. Team 172 was eliminated in the quarterfinals, 0-2. Despite the rough turn out, members of Team 172 remain proud of their work and will continue to improve for the upcoming Pine Tree event in Week Six.