Thank You to our Mentors

Did you know that Team 172 is one of the few teams that, in non-pandemic years, provides meals to our team during build season? We can only do that with the volunteer efforts of our parents. April is National Volunteer Month—Team 172 wants to send a shout out to all the parent volunteers who support the team. Parents serve not only as mentors, but assist in fundraising, drive students to events, help with construction of the pit, create costumes, signs, & posters, cook and do so much more! So THANK YOU, parent volunteers, for all you do!

Team 172 Meets Again!

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. 

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!



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??