Who are we?
We are the Techno Ticks, FIRST Robotics Team 236 from Lyme-Old Lyme High School and East Lyme High School. FIRST Team 236 was founded in 1999 by a group of like-minded, forward-thinking students, teachers and mentors with an interest in cutting-edge technology. FIRST offered a fun way to learn about robotics, design and computer programming. In 2017, the TechnoTicks welcomed East Lyme High School to the team. This new alliance will provide an opportunity for East Lyme students to benefit from all that FIRST Robotics has to offer, and will ensure the continued vitality of the TechnoTicks program.
Our team encompasses students in grades 9-12, teachers and adult mentors. All are welcome. Through the years, the team has grown and it is well known throughout the community for its enthusiasm for everything from robots to community service.
We strongly believe that our mentors’ mission is to support and encourage our students and to pass on their skills and experience. Students get as much hands-on experience as possible and work closely with mentors.
What do we do?
We participate each year in the FIRST Robotics Competition, as well as host the off-season FIRST Robotics Competition Bash@the Beach.
FIRST Team 236 is an active member of the community. We help the FIRST Lego League in Connecticut by hosting the FIRST Lego League Bash@the Beach, supporting the state tournament, and building the competition tables used for it. We have helped new teams around the area get started. Our team members have taught in after-school programs in the local elementary schools and with similar programs for Girl Scouts.
What is our goal?
We want all of our students to be so inspired by their participation in FIRST that they become confident and passionate science and technology leaders.
The team embodies the ideas of FIRST, which is an acronym for the words, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” FIRST was founded in 1989 by serial inventor Dean Kamen “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
Our infectious spirit spreads throughout the community, involving everyone around us in what we do, and spreading the message of FIRST.
When do we meet?
Well, during the “Build Season” (which is January to April each year) we meet every day, except Fridays.
We meet after school, in the evenings or during the day on weekends. But don’t let that put you off. There is a job for anyone who wants to be part of our team. We will help you find your niche; whatever your interests and however much or little time you are able to commit. Are you a welder, an electrician, a programmer, a designer, a journalist, a photographer, an artist, a lego® fanatic, a budding DJ or do you have a PhD in Electrical Engineering? Whatever skills and enthusiasm you can offer, we can make use of. If you are interested in becoming a TechnoTick please fill out the form below. Or if you are a student or teacher at LOLHS, drop by and see Mr. Derry, Mr. Goss or Mrs. Noyes.