01
May

game 59

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/138630795?t=49m20s

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01
May

Game 54

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/138630795?t=07m00s

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01
May

Game 106

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/138630795?t=09h08m48s

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01
May

game 89

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/138630795?t=06h35m01s

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01
May

game 74

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27
Apr

In the pit!

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors Dominion Power (out of shot)

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27
Apr

Q15 – win & 3 RP takes 236 to 6th ranking place

Great game - thanks to our alliance @FRC4814 Incubators and @FRC6331 L'Essor robotics! Watch live video from FIRSTinspires_Darwin on www.twitch.tv  

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27
Apr

Game 1 Q6 – From the field

Three climbing robots, 3RP and our first win! Go teams #5166 and #4571 - thanks for the game! Watch live video from FIRSTinspires_Darwin on www.twitch.tv

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27
Apr

St Louis Match Schedule

Remember that match times are St. Louis - Central Time Check the full schedule here and remember that this is only a provisional schedule, times will…

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26
Apr

There’s always one!

The team gather in the FIRST Hall of Fame with FIRST President Duon Bossie. Go Ticks ... spot the odd one out!

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26
Apr

Welcome to St. Louis

After a bit of a rocky start at 3:00am this morning, our traveling mentors and parents came to the rescue and we caught our plane to…

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21
Apr

St. Louis Itinerary 2017

Techno-Ticks FIRST Robotics Championships 2017 Wednesday April 26 – Sunday April 30 Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch 2 South 4th Street St. Louis, MO 63102…

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06
Mar

1st Win of the Season!

Thanks to our fantastic teachers, mentors, parents & alliance members for a wonderful win today at the Waterbury District Competition. The start of a great season we…

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17
Jan

Einstein Group – St Louis

We have a challenging group - playing on Einstein in 2017 - CAN'T WAIT!  

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15
Jan

BS9, 01/15/2017

Our first full Saturday in the shop and prototyping is well under way. Most sub-function teams built prototypes and laid them out within the robot frame…

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12
Jan

BS6, 01/12/2017 – Sam Frankel needed

  Thursday - ask Sam Frankel for photographs and info

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08
Jan

BS2, 01/08/2017

Mother Nature reminded us that she is in charge ... but we were only delayed by an hour before we got straight into our strategy meeting.…

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07
Jan

Kick Off! Build Season Day 1 01/07/2017

Thanks to our fantastic sponsors @dominion Millstone Power for hosting kick-off for teams in the Connecticut Shoreline area. Good to see some of our alumns back…

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07
Jan

Steamwork Resources

FIRST RESOURCE LIBRARY CLICK TO DOWNLOAD  

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07
Jan

Build Season Day 1

Mother Nature reminded us that she is in charge ... but we were only delayed by an hour before we got straight into our strategy meeting.…

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17
Oct

FIRST Lego “teambuilding” leads to …

For those of you who LOVE our evenings building all the parts for the Bash@TheBeach FIRST Lego Robotics Competitions we hold ... here's your dream job!…

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29
Apr

Getting started again

Will they go for the high goal? Holding my breath!

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02
Apr

Ready for our Next Outing in Hartford

Wishing good luck at the Midwest Regional to Tick Alum Tim Wilczynski mentoring Team 111 - WildStang!

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General Motors Industrial Design Award - Waterbury 2016
07
Mar

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…

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05
Mar

Our Second Match …

Breached rough terrain and chevalier de frise!  

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05
Mar

First match set up

O Red alliance won Qualification Match #2 -- 67 - 15  

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08
Feb

Robot is starting to take shape…

 The system works - our students are making parts with guidance and oversight of mentors!

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08
Feb

Manufacturing Parts with the Plasma Cutter

The Plasma Cutter in Action - Manufacturing Parts for our 2016 Robot    

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06
Feb

Busy Ticks Making Progress – Feb 3-4

  A Productive Week with plenty of Student  Activity!            

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31
Jan

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…

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24
Jan

Short Week – Productive Design Work

With Mid-term Exams and a Saturday snow closing, our work week was compressed, but we are making progress with our student-led, strategy-based design process and defining our programming needs.…

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10
Jan

Stronghold Strategy Mats for Scouting

http://236technoticks.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016_FRC_Strategy_Mat.pdf Thanks to Team 701!

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11
Dec

Challenge Day 2

Practice is critical to success of any team. Tonight we practiced designing in CAD, using new machining tools, and programming techniques.     

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04
Dec

Challenge Day 1

Tonight's training took the form of a challenge.  In three 1 week sessions, design, build and test a robot built in VEX to move in autonomous…

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26
Sep

Thursday, September 24th

It was a busy day in the Ticks shop as our student leaders took the reins in explaining what each of their teams did and how…

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19
Sep

Jared DiCarlo – ’12-’15

Being involved in FRC in high school was what got me into my dream school of MIT. FIRST gave me an opportunity to learn valuable engineering…

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13
Sep

St Louis Ringside Seat for the Stack

Just getting in the mood for Bash@thebeach - our off season event and a last outing for the Cat in the Hat.  

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13
Sep

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…

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20
Apr

The Complete Package

A little more SSP - We score points at all phases of the game!

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20
Apr

Shameless Self Promotion

A little Shameless Self Promotion as we pack for St Louis

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19
Apr

Honored to meet Dr Woody Flowers

Some of our Freshman got the chance to meet Dr. Woody Flowers.

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19
Apr

Our Connection with the Carson Field

At the Championships in St Louis, several new fields have been added to cope with the many additional teams competing as FIRST expands across the globe.…

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08
Apr

Our Technical Spec. Sheet & Scouting Sheets

1529ScoutingSheet15 DOWNLOAD a PDF: Technical Leaflet 2015-SC4-WPI

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08
Apr

Working under pressure

Hartford The team fixing a broken transmission on the swatter arm motor between rounds.  They really stayed cool under pressure to accomplish this!  With the repair in…

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31
Mar

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…

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29
Mar

Live from Hartford

Honored to have been chosen by teams 1124 and 177 Bobcat Robotics and Uberbots to join their alliance here in Hartford.

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22
Mar

2009 Lunaticks – Throw Back (Saturday)

Busy uploading our archive and came across this photo with some of our seniors looking very young Front Row - Left Jared Di Carlo Back Row…

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21
Mar

A Day Out of the Bag-March 21st, 2015

The team is in the shops as we ignore the snowfall that fell on the first day of spring. The first task out of the bag…

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21
Mar

Welcome Human Error – Team 5746

We welcomed team 5746 - from Valley High School to our workshops today.

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12
Mar

In Between Competitions – March 11th

With a few weeks between District competitions, the team spent a Wednesday night reviewing and contemplating modifications to their strategies, their driving and the robot itself.…

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12
Mar

Big Six – Waterbury

All together now 1 ... 2 ... 3 .... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... NOODLE!

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09
Mar

Waterbury District Event Photo Gallery

Sunday at Waterbury ... tensions run high as we enter Day 2 as leaders and hold that lead right to the end! Our first competition of…

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17
Feb

Robots On! 1:00pm – 4:30pm

We are allowed in! See you in the shops 1:00pm - 4:30pm Final day before (re) Bagging!

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16
Feb

Day 44 – Being Prepared

A shortened day in the shop as snow and frigid temperatures closed school in the morning, but between 1pm and 9pm major testing took place. We…

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14
Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day – Beating the the Next Blizzard

Refining the various components to improve  our competitiveness... Getting down to the wire with a blizzard warning on the radar!

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12
Feb

Day 40 – Productive Testing

Making the most of a slow night in the shop

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10
Feb

Day 39 – Driving, Testing, Modifying

Following yet another snow day... many students were out due to rehearsal for the Band Concert.  But some good testing took place and led to discussions…

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07
Feb

Day 36 – Testing the Design and Production

This was a day to continue adding components and to test and refine the design. All the teams are coming together and fitting their components into…

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07
Feb

Prototyping Protective Cones – February 7, 2015

To provide protection for the intake motors at the ends of the intake mechanism, protective cones have been designed. The ultimate goal is to produce them using the…

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05
Feb

Jared’s PID Control Lesson

Jared gives Gabrielle, Shannon, Nate and Alexis a lesson in PID.

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05
Feb

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…

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05
Feb

February 4, 2014

Tonight's work included locating and wiring the limit switch.  Strengthening the elevator structure, finishing the flappers and designing the protective cone for intake motor

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02
Feb

Day 30 – Elevator Operational!

After a delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the local Lions Club, the Ticks got to work. By the end of the day the elevator was operational…

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31
Jan

One Month Down … Starting to look like a working ‘bot

Chassis Team checking master links and monitoring testing for issues as components come online Elevator Team working on the carriage Fork Team milling flaps Intake Team…

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31
Jan

Day 28 – Starting to Get it Together

A productive Friday evening in the shops...

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Picture of Drive Train for 2015 robot
30
Jan

Close up of the drive train

Click for a close up of our drive train showing the wheels. Our drive consists of three wheels two in the front and one omni in…

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30
Jan

Day 27 – Post Storm Action

We missed 4 days this week due to weather-related school closures. A sense of urgency and purpose prevailed all evening. Parts being made, supplies ordered, designs…

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25
Jan

Day 23 – Before the Storm…

All teams busy and productive on a Sunday afternoon

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22
Jan

Day 18 – Midterms OVER!

The Elevator Team - Justin and Liam worked on putting the mounting holes into the aluminium arms before they are attached to the uprights The Fork…

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17
Jan

Day 14 – Saturday Playday

The Elevator Team worked on fabricating aluminium parts and welding. The Wiring Team harvested and tested PWM cables and testing out the PMW motor and control…

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15
Jan

Day 12 – Mid Terms Looming!

An even smaller crew the night before the first mid-term exams, but the dedicated five (or the five that were not worried about mid-terms!) made good…

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13
Jan

Day 11 – Skeleton Crew…

With Mid-terms pending, many students spent the work window studying instead of working in the shop. But those of us here made the most of our…

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11
Jan

Day 9 – Divide to Conquer

Dividing the team into small groups has us moving ahead this weekend with refining the various elements to meet our overall desired strategic goals.  We have observed interactions…

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09
Jan

2005 Robot Showcase

The game for the 2005 season is played on a 27' wide by 52' long playing field with the 9 goals configured in 3 x 3…

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09
Jan

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…

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09
Jan

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…

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09
Jan

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…

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09
Jan

2001 Robot – “Duncan Hines” (for it, dunking the ball was a “piece of cake”)

Four teams worked together as one alliance to try to achieve as high a score as possible in each match. Points were scored by placing balls…

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09
Jan

2000 – “Gracie”

Four teams, paired in two alliances, competed in each match. An alliance scored points by placing balls in their goal, and by positioning their robots in…

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09
Jan

1999 – “The Tick”

Points were scored by positioning “floppies,” robots, and the “puck” on the playing field. Floppies were light weight, pillow-like objects with Velcro-loop material located in the…

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09
Jan

2008 Robot Showcase

In the 2008 game, “FIRST OVERDRIVE®,” students’ robots were designed to race around a track knocking down 40" inflated Trackballs and moving them around the track, passing them either…

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09
Jan

Team of 2008

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,…

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09
Jan

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…

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09
Jan

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…

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09
Jan

2006 Robot Showcase

In the 2006 game, “AIM HIGH®,” students’ robots were designed to launch balls into goals while human players enter balls into play and score points by throwing/pushing balls into…

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09
Jan

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,…

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09
Jan

Team of 2005

Student members of 2005 team (38): Tom Abraham, Daniel Bagdorf, William Bagdorf, Anne Fairfield-Sonn, Barton Linderman, Cecily Faenza, Chris Lehrman, Christina Norman-Gohn, Clare Conniff, Dana Meinke,…

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09
Jan

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.…

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08
Jan

Team of 2014

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…

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07
Jan

CT Qualifier – Hartford 2014

It was a great day at Hartford and Team 236 won the Motorolla Quality Award ... Go Ticks!

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07
Jan

2015 Game On!

Thanks to Dominion for hosting our launch once again.  It's now Game On! for  our 6-week build season before competing for the first time in Recycle…

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05
Jan

Team of 2015 – Work In Progress!

Our 2015 Team is Work in Progress.  We are busy trying to get them to sit still enough to get a photo. If your photo isn't…

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07
Jan

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…

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