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

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


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 and Max got really frustrated about space limitations!

We started the day building and then had a safety lecture from Mr Goss relating to dress, use of glasses, warnings relating to the starting of the robot, who is qualified to use which equipment etc.

Quote of the day relates to our safety talk, hair must be tied back, jacket strings tucked in and …

Mr Goss: “I’m not quite sure what the protocol is for that beard Mr Berry”


BS5, 01/11/2017

Welcome to hump day in the shop!

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.

With several new students it was good to split into five mixed groups with a reminder that not everyone has the same style and everyone’s voice should be heard.

Quotes of the Day

Mr Derry: “I’ve spent 18 years learning to listen … and I’m still learning”


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.

With several new students it was good to split into five mixed groups with a reminder that not everyone has the same style and everyone’s voice should be heard.

Quotes of the Day

Mr Derry: “I’ve spent 18 years learning to listen … and I’m still learning”


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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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 forward 15″ into a scoring zone without going over the foul line.  Then move around a table, locate a golf ball and then pick it up and place it on a 12″ platform


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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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 was the redesign on the intake system. With a new set of wheels, more changes followed. We are currently incorporating an additional position for the intake system for easier ingesting of containers. The Techno Ticks welcome our neighboring team, Team 5746, Human Error, from Valley Regional High School, to our workshop.

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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 had to leave time to bag the robot tonight just incase the next winter storm to hit Old Lyme stops play tomorrow.  We are forecast another 1-3 inches, let’s hope that we will be in to unbag and rebag!


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 3-D printer. Because the 3-D printer supplies are costly, the team opted to prototype with a vacuum-molding process.  The prototype was designed in CAD. The mold was cut into foam on the Shopbot and then smoothed and covered with aluminum foil to prevent melting of the foam during the vacuum molding process.  The molded cones (made of a thin plastic material) were then installed on the robot for testing. A few modifications have been made to allow for wiring and testing.  Any modifications will be added to the CAD drawing to ensure that the final design is available for the 3D printing process. Laura Lee and Everett were the key design/production managers on this project, with assistance from Mr. Derry, Mr. Trudeau, and Mr. Goss.

Planning to incorporate styling for bbPress

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Setup tutorials are currently being written

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More features are being added

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Working on the live demo site for Circumference

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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