The mission of the team is to provide an accessible, innovative program to build not only science and technology skills and interests, but also self-confidence, leadership, business, and life skills. Based on the FIRST and 4-H programs, the team strives to enhance the learning of science and engineering, respect the values and abilities of various members, inspire innovation, responsibility, and teamwork, as well as creating partnerships. When successful, we will be recognized as a FIRST team to emulate.
Who We Are
We are an organization made up of over 50 students who are mentored by area business professionals. Our team is divided into five primary subteams: mechanical, electrical, software, systems, and business. We are student-led and student run: from scheduling meetings to running outreach events, our team is primarily run by our student team members.
While our mentors provide us with insight and guidance, our students are responsible for all aspects of the team including building our competition robots, procuring necessary funds and organizing outreach events. Our team works together to design the robot, and our mentors help guide us throughout the design and construction processes. Our students have the opportunity to be trained in any of our three engineering disciplines, systems administration, or business. We are known in the FRC world as a team with unique award-winning robots. Our team provides our students with both the engineering and communication skills necessary to be successful post-graduation.
What We Do
During the six-week Build Season, our engineering subteams work together with systems to design, build, wire, and program our robot. We build two identical robots each year, as a part of our iterative design process. Systems, one of our administration subteams, plays an instrumental role in helping our engineering subteams to work together. The Business subteam is responsible for completing award applications and contributing to our team imagery, while ensuring that our team stays financially afloat.
At the end of the six-week build season , we have the opportunity to participate in regional competitions against other teams throughout New England and the world. We are judged not only on the performance of our robot, but in other areas such as imagery, team spirit, safety, outreach, and team management practices.
During the rest of the year, our Engineering subteams work to increase their knowledge base by completing training modules and projects. Meanwhile, our Business subteam is responsible for coordinating team outreach events, developing digital and physical artwork, and forming relationships with community organizations. Our team is involved with the Boys and Girls Club, Nashua Soup Kitchen, Hampstead Community Military Support Group, and other community organizations. We support FIRST Lego League teams in the area through our primarily student-run First Lego League (FLL) Tournament.
We work with students at local schools such as the Academy for Science and Design as a part of our #include <WomenInSTE(A)M> initiative. We also run robot demonstrations at events such as the Flatley Fall Festival in Nashua, in partnership with the John Flatley Company. These events help us to increase STEM awareness, and to encourage students to consider STEM careers.