Letter: Robotics Team Excels

To the Editor:

We are pleased to announce that FIRST Robotics Competition Team 95, The Grasshoppers, is having another great season. Team 95 is composed of high school students from Lebanon, Hartford, Hanover and Mascoma, as well as some home-schooled students. They are coached by local engineers and technical professionals. FRC presents a new challenge every January. The students and coaches then have a mere six weeks to build a robot that can complete the challenges. This year’s challenge was called “Aerial Assist” and Team 95 chose to focus on building a robot that could catch the game ball and also could pick up and deliver the ball efficiently to the low goal.

Team 95 made it to the elimination rounds in Nashua and finished seventh out of 39 teams. Last weekend in Hartford, Conn., the team was also selected to join an alliance in the elimination rounds. Team 95 took home the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox for its innovative use of a braking system on their robot that made it difficult for an opposing robot to push the team’s robot out of its desired position. The team built another great robot and should be proud of the accomplishments and outcomes at both season competitions this year.

Team 95 would like to thank the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center for providing shop and classroom space for the team to work. Thanks also to Lebanon High School, CRREL, the Byrne Foundation, Hypertherm and others too numerous to mention.

The team welcomes new student members as well as adults to serve as mentors and coaches. A technical background is not required as there are many areas for students and mentors to become involved in. To find out more about any of these opportunities, please contact head coach James Cole-Henry at jamesch13@gmail.com. For more information about FIRST, visit http://www.usfirst.org/.

Mary Kay Brown

Parent Volunteer

White River Junction

James Cole-Henry

Head Coach