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Robotics team builds up a great reputation

By Denebola
Published: November 2017

By Chris Erspamer

Robotics Team, the first association in the Newton high schools that specializes in the building of robots, began its activities on October 1 and now includes 60 students and seven staff members, most of whom joined immediately.

The club, a NASA sponsored organization headed by science department head Charles Hurwitz, operates at both Newton North and South. Its members are split almost evenly between the two schools, earning the group the nickname “Ligerbots, a reference to the mascots of both schools.

Robotics Team is currently preparing for the First Robotic Competition (FRC), a old national competition that begins on January 3.  On that day, the entire group will attend a kickoff event at Northeastern University and receive a kit of parts. They have six weeks to create a robot using this kit.

In March, Robotics Team will participate in two regional contests, one in Boston and one in Hartford. Teams will build machines that will be asked to do currently unknown tasks.

This year, all participants are to be operating under a new control system, which will be revealed after the FRC begins. NASA, however, has provided Robotics Team with the control system in advance as part of a grant.

In addition to being one of three Massachusetts rookie teams to be sponsored by NASA, Robotics Team is also backed by several other groups, including PTC, the Para Metrics Technology Co, and the Boston Engineering Co.  Through these sponsorships, the group has been provided with support staff, recognition, software and hardware, and about $20,000.

The game side, which meets at South every Wednesday, has the job of planning an effective design and strategy.  The group meets jointly every week, alternating meeting sites between North and South. Regular business meetings promote the team’s products and

Although the FRC first began as a minor event, it has expanded significantly.  Its first year saw the participation of 16 teams of approximately ten people.  This year, however, over 1800 teams throughout the country are set to participate, most of which have dozens of members.

Although it is still early, Hurwitz has expressed confidence that the team will perform well in the upcoming competitions.

“It’s tough to tell, but we seem to be moving forward at a good pace, he said.  “The students are gradually becoming faster and the staff is gradually learning what they need to know. I think that we will be ready by January 3.

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