FIRST TEAM 236 The TechnoTicks "It's in your blood"

Fall Training So Far

The TechnoTicks Go Virtual!

By Phia Adkins

The FRC Team 236, TechnoTicks had yet another successful club meeting over Zoom this week. Due to Covid-19, the TechnoTicks have found it most practical to have online meetings until the start of their competition season in January. In an effort to prepare the new students that have taken an interest in everything that is robotics, the mentors and returning students of TechnoTicks have been teaching the rookie engineers new concepts, including OnShape and TinkerCAD, two 3D Design programs made accessible to all devices. 

As we continue to push through pre-season, robotics students have learned about the importance of an Arduino board. The Arduino board is a circuit board system designed for anyone looking to further their knowledge in basic engineering techniques. Arduino interacts with many electronics, including LEDs, motors, speakers, GPS units, cameras, and even cellphones.

In the following weeks, students will continue to advance their skills in basic electronics and start to CAD shapes. As any new skill takes time, not every attempt will be perfect, but it will teach valuable lessons that will show evident as the season truly begins. With the need to adapt under any circumstance, the TechnoTicks have taken every integral moving piece in stride and have shown gracious professionalism through every step. 

The students and mentors have been working in TinkerCAD in breakout rooms on Zoom.  After watching videos, they have been taking what they learn and creating their own designs, and then talk about real-world projects. The photo here is a model of an Arduino circuit built in TinkerCad. It is set up to control a Red, Yellow and Green LED. The code on the right is in a language called Blockly which allows a graphical approach to programming making the initial lessons more straightforward for new Arduino programmers.



1 Blink LED
2 LEDs and Breadboards
3 Fading LEDs
5 Pushbutton
6 Potentiometer

How do I attend the online training? 

RETURNING MEMBERS  |  You should have received an email from Mr. Derry.  Please complete all four assignments to receive the Zoom link and participate fully. 

NEW MEMBERS  |   To join the team, contact Mr. Derry or fill out this form.  Once we hear from you, we will send you links and instructions on how to sign up.

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New and returning students are invited to sign up for the season

Fall Training is starting…

 The TechnoTicks fall season looks a little different this year, but it will still be exciting, educational, and fun. 

We will be working online though Zoom every Thursday night.  Students (and mentors!) will learn circuit building, programming, and solid modeling using Arduinos and the online programs TinkerCAD and Education Onshape.

How do I attend the online T

How do I attend the online training? 

RETURNING MEMBERS: You should have received an email from Mr. Derry.  Please complete all four assignments to receive the Zoom link and participate fully. 

NEW MEMBERS: To join the team, fill out this form and we will send you links and instructions on how to sign up.

Join Now


2019 Bash@theBeach – October 19

Blast Off One more time!

The 21st Bash@theBeach
Sponsored by Dominion Energy

Join 24 Connecticut teams as they kick off the school year, recruit new drivers and have a beach blast at Lyme Old Lyme High School!

Hosted by FIRST Teams

  • 236 – The TechnoTicks
  • 1699 – The Robocats
  • 1740 – Ledyard Cyber Colonels
  • 3719 – STEM Whalers


  • Doors open 8:00
  • Opening ceremonies at 9

A $250 donation is requested. If that is a hardship please register and let us know.


As always, lunch will be available. Pre-order delicious Sal’s Pizza or sandwiches


Team 236 Calendar

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Build Season Lunches

Please help keep our team fed during the build season! SIGN UP NOW! During the six weeks of the robot build season (through mid-February), the students and mentors will be meeting on Saturdays and Sundays at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. These are long days and teenagers (and mentos!) get...

Buy the Book

Alumni Stephanie Slezycki and Mentor Vince Wilczynski wrote a book with input from Dean Kamen and Dr. Woody Flowers.  Robots Rack and Roll, 30 profiles of Award Winning Robots. Click book to purchase   Aim High was the second book published by Vince Wilczynski and Stephanie Slezyki. Click to purchase...