GROTON -- The Groton-Dunstable High School Robotics team, "The Robotomies" is gearing up for the 2019 FIRST Robotics "Destination: Deep Space" competitions. Budding engineers and future scientists have been meeting weekly since September.

At the end of last year, the upperclassmen reflected on the season and decided to improve upon the student team manager model. The team manager and the senior team leads are running skills workshops like, pneumatics, woodworking, programming, and milling, to educate and strengthen the team's dynamics.

Presently, the team is busy with outreach activities. On Nov. 16, the team and the robot will attend a Providence Bruins game. During period breaks, the team will demonstrate the robot and answer questions. Also, some of the senior students are helping local Girl Scouts the earn STEM robotics and programming badge by teaching programming of LEGO MindStorms robots.

Jan. 5 is the FIRST Robotics competition season kickoff. About 3,000 high school teams are given the details of the FIRST Robotics challenge and their kit of parts. The team only has six weeks to design, build, program, and test the robot. The competitions are exciting events and we welcome your visit.

* Salem, N.H., Feb. 28 to March 2.

* Bedford, N.H., March 15-17.

The Robotics team depends on volunteer mentors and funding. The team is looking for mentors who have experience in machining, engineering, programming, marketing, and project management.


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All funding for the Robotics team is privately raised as no money from the school budget is allocated for this team. The Robotomies would like to thank the current sponsors who provide funding for the entrance fees for the FIRST competitions and for materials. Also, a thank you to Mark Rocheleau, the engineering and technology teacher at the high School. If you have questions or would like to help support the Robotics team, please contact Mark at mrocheleau@gdrsd.org.

For more information, visit the Robotomies' web site at team1277.org or Facebook at "GD Team 1277."