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.
Since the start of summer members of The Gongoliers, Team 5112 have reached a total of #current_hours community service hours and counting. Only #remaining_hours hours away from our season end goal.
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 qualified for New England Championships but the funding to take the trip was not available.
In our second year as a team, Team 5112 set goals to qualify and attend the regional competition. We also aimed to win the Safety Award and Engineering Inspiration Award. Our Team attended the Dartmouth and Bryant District Events, yet fell short of qualifying for the Regional Event by a few spots.
However, last year as a team we hosted a Women in STEM conference, an Hour of Code opportunity and other community projects within our school. This dedication by members of our team and the drive to better our community drove us to win the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Dartmouth Regional.
Our team has come a long way from the first year we entered the FIRST Robotics family. We have made it our goal again this year to qualify and attend a regional event. As a fourth year team, we are in the process of becoming a veteran team. Team 5112 strives to help other "up and coming" teams throughout Rhode Island become a part of FIRST and share the fun and learning experiences that we are all glad to be a part of as members of the Gongoliers.
We are had a great time competing in the UMASS and RI District Events and are hoping to qualify for the New England Event. We have made a lot of progress in the structure of our team this season and hope to continue.
Last year the FIRST® Robotics Competition was unlike any competition that had been presented to robotics teams before, FIRST Strongholds. There are many challenges that needed to be overcome in order to score points and bring teams to victory in the event. Robots needed to be able to accomplish a wide variety of tasks while trying to score as many points as possible for their alliance. Robots needed to be able to defend their castle, retrieve boulders, defeat defenses, score goals from the opponents’ courtyard, and capture and scale the opponent’s tower while being controlled by a human player. Robots could also have scored additional points by scoring and crossing defenses in an autonomous state. Three of five defenses were selected by the alliances, a low-bar as a permanent defense, and the fifth defense is chosen by the crowd. The most points are scored by scoring high goals and scaling the castle which was the biggest challenge for robots last year.