Monadnock 4-H Robotics Team Inconceivable (#1729), a F.I.R.S.T Robotics team operating out of Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, were the winners of Sanford Temperature Control’s Community Commitment contest in July, 2017.
Sanford Temperature Control’s $500 donation will help fund the building of a robot like Fezzik, last year’s machine that took Team Inconceivable to the World Championship of F.I.R.S.T. Robotics, a competition that has been hailed as “the varsity sport for the mind.”
These amazing students compete in a game in which their custom-built robots race to perform tasks faster and more efficiently than their competitors. But they don’t just build a robot. That’d be too easy! These students are responsible for marketing, fundraising, and constructing their robot in six weeks or less in order to meet the stringent rules of the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition (FRC).
Team Inconceivable’s robot Fezzik boasts a variety of impressive abilities, such as a special drive train and the ability to climb a rope up to five feet high. These abilities helped Fezzik navigate the inconceivably difficult field of last year’s competition. Robots had to protect their castle, move into enemy territory, and shoot balls into hoops set at eight feet and two feet high in order to points. The field sported obstacles, a portcullis, and a drawbridge, among other challenges.
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The game is played based on a series of randomized alliances, with three robots on either team. Teams cans be allied in one match and opponents in another, therefore, it’s a pretty common sight to see one team helping another if something goes wrong with a robot prior to a match. So, while the robotics competitions are highly competitive and students pour their hearts and minds into their projects, they also learn critical life skills, such as teamwork and gracious professionalism.
Team Inconceivable may be based out of Boynton Middle School, but includes students from many surrounding towns, such as Jaffrey, Temple, Peterborough, Milford, and more. Like all F.I.R.S.T. teams, Inconceivable consists of high schoolers, but is open to kids entering their freshman year, albeit with some restrictions on what these younger students can do. Team 1729 is nine years old, and has been competing in F.I.R.S.T. robotics for over three years.
F.I.R.S.T. Robotics offers one-of-a-kind job skills and real-world experience to students that they can take with them for years to come. We look forward to hearing from these brilliant students in the future, and wish them all the best of luck.