Team 172 at Bridgewater!

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.

A Rookie Observes

Thomas says his first season went unexpectedly. He had heard from seniors and fellow classmates about what robotics team was like, and had certain expectations about it. The team exceeded those expectations through the dedication of those involved, and the amount of work done in one night, let alone a whole season. He says he felt pretty included most of the time, usually doing something valuable each night. Although he has not experienced a competition yet, he has high hopes for what’s to come. Thomas is a rookie in his junior year at Falmouth High School.

Excellent Scouting at Bridgewater

Here’s a shout out to team member Max and his team of match scouts. Our scouting at Bridgewater was awesome, led by Max. He took on the difficult task of organizing teams of students to watch matches and collect data about other teams to help us in match strategy, and during alliance selections. Team 172 and Team 246 worked well together.

Kids Con NE Nov 16th

Team 172 will be at Kids Con this Saturday 16th November, demonstrating our robot, Geoffrey. Come learn about FIRST robotics and meet our Team!

What Is Industry 4.0, Anyway?

If you’ve been to a trade show or read an op-ed on manufacturing in the past few years, chances are you’ve seen the terms ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Depending on whom you ask, these connote a fundamental shift in the global manufacturing sector or empty buzzwords dreamt up by marketers and PR firms. Not surprisingly, the truth lies somewhere in between. 

Interested to learn more about the 4th industrial revolution? 

Industrial Revolution

Time Period

Core Aspects


1760 – 1840



1870 – 1914

Mass Production


1960 – 20??





There will be a shortage of one million STEM workers in the next five years

Preparing students for work requires revised approach to education – Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive

Posted: 16 Mar 2018 02:10 AM PDT

P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University–Silicon Valley said there will be a shortage of one million STEM workers in the next five years. So the challenge, he said, is taking people with bachelor’s degrees and re-skilling them to fill those gaps. At Northeastern, the approach is to not just equip students with additional credentials but to provide six months of paid workforce experience through a co-op program to help ensure graduates are ready to hit the ground running once they’re hired. He identified three key things students should leave college having. “You need high-quality experiential learning, that’s one leg of the stool. The second part is that you need a network, … and third is that we also are very passionate about the fact that soft skills are very critical,” Agarwal said.

Wednesday (3/7) Robotics Cancelled

All Wednesday robotics activities are canceled due to weather. Stay safe and warm!

Team 172 Wins its First Match!!!!

Team 172’s Blue Alliance scores big during the first official match of the 2018 season. Our bot scored well by using its ability to dominate the scale at any height. Although the bot didnt get a chance to try to levitate itself this game, the team is excited about next round!

Go, NorthernForce!