We return for our third year with an energized team and a school that has been transformed by FIRST Robotics. Our team strives to encourage students to investigate science and engineering by working with professionals from the industry and bringing FIRST to younger students to try to spark an early interest in engineering.
The 2012-2013 competition was immensely challenging as we built a robot that threw frisbees and climbed a pyramid! After wining the Rookie All Star Award in 2012, RoboGym came back and won the Imagery Award for our outstanding creativity and design in 2013.
The 2014 FIRST Robotics competition entails just as much, if not more, dedication and effort as last year’s. We are working day and night on this year’s robot so it can be a true contender in the Regional Competition for a game of Aerial Assist 2014.
FIRST has an immense impact on the students involved in the program, giving the community pride in a group of young individuals who strive to achieve an educational goal that will greatly influence their futures. FIRST Robotics Competition increases young adults’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M) while creating a competitive environment where the combination of cooperation and team work is the key to success. FIRST increases the interests of students involved in going to college by 5%, and more than 90% of team members admit to learning more about how science and math help them in solving real- life problems. Students grow as people and engineers throughout the entire robotics experience, and regardless of their future plans, their involvement in a robotics team has taught them lessons that apply to numerous career aspects.
Starting out in 2009, as a small club of ten members under the guidance of Mr. Peroni, the North Shore Robotics Team has grown to a large team of almost fifty young men and women. In our first year with FIRST, RoboGym won the SBPLI Regional All Star Rookie Award, giving us the chance to compete at Nationals against teams from all over America and the world. There, we used co-opertition to earn the Highest Rookie Seed Award for our division.
In the 2012-2013 season, our team spent long hours building a robot to compete in Ultimate Ascent where we built a robot to shoot Frisbees and climb a pyramid. At regionals, we impressed the judges with our graphic designs on our banners and t-shirts.