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

Industrial Design Award

Our first outing of the season and we reached the quarter finals in 7th picking place.  We teamed with the Uberbots and FullMetal Falcons and after two competitive games we won 96 points and 94 points against the ultimate finalists.

Team 236 were honored to be awarded the General Motors Industrial Design Award which

celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively achieves the game design challenge. The design award is granted to the team that best achieves these aims while having a highly competitive robot.

This year’s robot was manufactured with the help of two new pieces of equipment funded by the Lyme Old Lyme Education Foundation.

In 2015 LOLEF awarded a $17,390 grant to the Technology and Engineering Department of Lyme–Old Lyme High School, home of Team236, for advanced equipment to complete a 21st century Maker Space. The new tools, a CNC Plasma Cutter and CNC Lathe, enabled students to cut and manufacture highly accurate parts, molds and prototypes for use in electronic vehicle design, passive solar energy machines, robotic components and more. This new equipment added tremendous value to the LOLHS Technology and Engineering Department.

As well as supporting the robotics program, the newly designed space provides the flexibility to maximize use of the equipment in a wide range of courses. Students experience the full engineering process, with design instruction integrated with the manufacturing process. Design, manufacturing, testing and evaluation are now performed with CAD (computed-aided design) in the adjacent computer lab. Students work and learn in a space similar (and in some cases superior to) labs in top engineering schools.


After the Snow … Jumping into Saturday Morning

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Mr. Derry Discussing Modifications to a Drawing with Laura Lee
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Alexis Updating a CAD file
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Ryan & Mr. Bozenhard Getting to Work
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Rose & Alexis Collaborating on Modifications







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Programming Team
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Mr. Trudeau and Avery Adding Detail to the Drawing


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Anna Making Parts for Prototyping
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Corey, Mr. Gripps and Andy working on the Plasma Cutter

Busy Ticks Making Progress – Feb 3-4

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Alexis at the Plasma Cutter
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Matt Wiring Controls


A Productive Week with plenty of Student  Activity!







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Ryan & Griffin prepping field elements
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Alison & Mr. Derry — CNC Machining
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Heather, Sam and Aiden working on chassis prototype
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Ryan & Corey taking measurements

Holding Strong at the end of January

With 23 days remaining in the 2016 Build Season, the Team is holding strong to this year’s mantra of designing FIRST.

Physical prototyping has been minimized but ideas have continued to flow.  Now we will see how the ideas come together in the physical robot…


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Mr. Derry and the CAD and Intake Teams review modifications needed based on observing the prototype

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Techno Ticks meet Governor Malloy and qualify for FIRST North East Regional Championships

Team 236 the Technoticks qualified this weekend for the North East Regional FIRST Robotics Championships to be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute April 9-11th.

The team qualified, following their win at Waterbury District Competition and third place this weekend at the Hartford District Competition.  Qualification is based on a points system and the Technoticks qualified 10th out of 175 teams across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut.  Their points tally was boosted with the award of the Motorola Quality Award at Waterbury.

Engineering is a process of continuous improvement and the Lyme Old Lyme High School students were treated to a real-life lesson in the pitfalls of that process.  After their win at Waterbury the team decided that if they were to be contenders in the World Championships, they needed to improve the speed of their intake mechanism to be able to score more points in each round.  That successful improvement resulted in problems in another part of the robot leaving the team in 10th position at the end of the qualifying rounds.  The team’s reputation carried them forward into the Quarter Finals, being chosen by Team 177 The Bob Cats and Team 1124 the Uberbots to join their alliance as 7th place seeds.

With help from their Mentors, all experienced engineers, the team were able to analyze the problem, design a new part, manufacture it on site and modify the robot all in the space of an hour and a half.  The modification was very successful and the “Cat in the Hat” robot got back to winning form.  During the quarter-finals the alliance made huge progress and made it to the semi-finals, finishing in third place.  The eventual winner was the alliance of teams 230 The Gaelhawks from Shelton, team 195 Cyber Knights of Southington and the Panther Project from Middlebury with second place taken by an alliance made up of The Titanium Tomahawks from Glastonbury, Apple Pi from Guilford and Sim City from Simsbury.

During the competition, held at Harford High School, the drive team had the opportunity to meet with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman who commented on the need for student involvement in STEM to fill jobs in Connecticut.  Ms Wyman has been an ardent supporter of FIRST for many years and gave a speech to the audience thanking all the mentors, teachers & parents for inspiring students in STEM.

All Photos courtesy of Christopher Wells

Left to right: Alexis Kholar, Nate Bersing (hidden) Jared Di Carlo and Hayden Hendrick meet with Governor Malloy


Teacher and Lead Mentor Bill Derry work with members of the team on a last minute modification to their robot.

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TBT – The Elf on the Shelf

So getting our team into one place to get a full team photo is practically impossible. In this photo the whole of the front row have been individually photoshopped into the original. Unfortunately Mr Wilczinski was busy judging – and by the time he arrived, there was no more...

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2004 Robot Showcase

The game for the 2004 season requires robots to collect and pass 13” balls to the human player to then shoot them into fixed and moveable goals. There are three 30” balls on the playing field that can be placed on top of any goal by a robot, which...

2003 Robot Showcase

The game for the 2003 season required robots to collect and stack plastic storage containers on their side of the playing field. The location of the robots and containers and the height of the stacks at the end of the match determined each team’s score for the round.

2002 Robot Showcase

Each 2 minute match began with the 24’ x 48’ field broken up into 5 zones and set up as follows. Four robots start on the playing field and are paired in alliances of 2. There were 2 robots at diagonally opposite corners, 10 soccer balls in each driver...

2000 – “Gracie”

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Student members of 2006 team (36): Tom Abraham, Evan Anway, Daniel Bagdorf, William Bagdorf, Ashley Beckman, Elene Birch, David Brown, Stephen Burke, Clare Conniff, Anne Fairfield-Sonn, Evan Flower, Katie Garland, James Gilchrist, Jon Glenn, Stephen Hackett, Dennis Hauteniemi, Zach Jordan, A.J. Kilroy, Matt King, Chris Lehrman, Nick McCarthy, Brandon...

2008 Robot Showcase

In the 2007 game, “RACK ‘N’ ROLL,” students’ robots were designed to hang inflated colored tubes on pegs configured in rows and columns on a 10-foot high center “rack” structure. Extra points were scored by robots being in their home zone and lifted more than 4” off the floor by another robot before...

Team of 2007

There were 36 student members of the Student members of 2007 team (36): Tom Abraham, Evan Anway, Daniel Bagdorf, William Bagdorf, Ashley Beckman, Elene Birch, David Brown, Stephen Burke, Clare Conniff, Anne Fairfield-Sonn, Evan Flower, Katie Garland, James Gilchrist, Jon Glenn, Stephen Hackett, Dennis Hauteniemi, Zach Jordan, A.J. Kilroy,...

Team of 2006

Student members of 2006 team (36): Tom Abraham, Evan Anway, Daniel Bagdorf, William Bagdorf, Ashley Beckman, Elene Birch, David Brown, Stephen Burke, Clare Conniff, Anne Fairfield-Sonn, Evan Flower, Katie Garland, James Gilchrist, Jon Glenn, Stephen Hackett, Dennis Hauteniemi, Zach Jordan, A.J. Kilroy, Matt King, Chris Lehrman, Nick McCarthy, Brandon...

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2014 Motorolla Quality Award

Congratulations to Team 236 for winning the Motorola Quality Award for Robostness in Concept and Design. The judges cited in particular the Swan Arm and Pick-Up Mechanism. The consistent way in which these parts worked, helped make the 236 robot stand out.   It’s speed and consistency of pick-up made...

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Students, Teachers and Mentors, they’ll all be here soon (when we catch up with them) … the Technoticks Team 236 of 2014. We know that not everyone can be there every day, so here is the full list of the team of 2014 including those who have given us...

Chairman’s Award

Each team that is honored with the Chairman’s Award at the First Championship joins the First Hall of Fame

Team 236 won this award in 2009 – this is the Tick’s Chairman’s Award video