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? https://www.engineering.com/AdvancedManufacturing/ArticleID/16521/What-Is-Industry-40-Anyway.aspx 

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. https://www.educationdive.com/news/preparing-students-for-work-requires-revised-approach-to-education/517738/

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!

Team Travel Meeting – Feb 27th 6:00 pm 

Where: Practice Field (last store to the left of the Shaw Grocery Store in Falmouth) 

HOTEL CHANGE: we are now staying at the La Quinta in Auburn. My apologize if a parent already booked at the Comfort Inn.

 2018 WPI District Permission Form

Wednesday Build Session Cancelled (Lanco) – Sunday Build Crew Candidates Needed (FMS)

2/7/2018:   Both Gorham and Falmouth have early dismissals today in consideration of the coming storm.  In that light, we are canceling this evening’s (Wednesday) robotics events.

With that said, we are also considering meeting this Sunday afternoon at FHS.  Please let us know your interest and availability.

Stay warm and safe, Mrs Moutinho & Mr Kraljic 

1/23/2018 LANCO Session Cancelled Tonight

Meeting cancelled

Rather than take any chances we decided to cancel robotics tonight.

Hope everyone stays safe!

Mr Kraljic and Mrs Moutinho

Team 172 shares its purpose and promise in building STEM student futures!

Team 172 WLOB Radio Interview with Mr K and Amelia