The Gongoliers are Ponaganset High School's FIRST® Robotics team, otherwise referred to as Team 5112. As a team, we aspire to design a successful robot and compete in various national tournaments throughout the year.
The Gongoliers were founded on October 15, 2013 as an extracurricular activity within the Ponaganset High School STEM Academy. The foundation of the team was made possible by the commitment of the STEM Academy teachers and members of FTC team 5468.
The team participated in the Groton District Event and was happy to be the Highest Rookie Seed with a 17th ranked record; making it to the quarterfinals. Their enthusiasm paid off when the team was awarded the Rookie Inspiration Award. The team took their new experience and had a more successful weekend at the Rhode Island District Event. The team took home the Rookie All Star Award and was the 5th seed and made it to the semifinals.
The team qualified for New England Championships, but the funding to take the trip was not available.
Our first season featured a group of 17 dedicated team members. We were very happy with how we did, but knew we needed to do more. We have set our team up as a corporation and have our Board of Directors make all team decisions. Our mentors guide us in everything we do, but allow us to have the power to learn real world skills.
We attribute our increase in membership to the fact that we have departments to appeal to all students. each of our departments has a director and assistant. Our Board of Directors includes our Co-Presidents, Team Guide, Director of Public Relations, Director of Design, Director of Programming and Controls, Director of Competition and Director of Build.
Our team has come a long way from the first year we entered the FIRST Robotics family. We no longer measure our goals in how we do in competitions. Our business plan now includes a ten year implementation schedule that includes some fantastic events to help our communities. Some of these events will include a summer STEM camp for elementary students, after school classes for our community and FLL teams at our local elementary schools.
We have made some great strides with our robots and hope for a successful competition season!
Welcome to the age of steam! This year, robots face new challenges with a game involving a few different components. The overall goal? Preparing an airship for a long distance ride! Alliances must prepare their airship by building steam pressure by launching fuel into a boiler, starting rotors, and preparing for flight. When launching fuel into a boiler, a robot has both a high and a low efficiency goal. The boiler has to reach a certain pressure, and this pressure can be achieved using less fuel when aiming for the higher goal. The pressure can be achieved through the low goal, but will also require more fuel. Rotors can be started after robots deliver gears to the pilot on the airship. The gear train operates the rotor when the pilot turns the crank! Then, the airship is ready for the journey! Of course, after preparing the airship for the ride the robot must also be on board! The robot must ascend a rope and make contact with a launch pad for at least one second to signal that they are ready for takeoff! Have fun, and good luck in the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition!