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The Gongoliers


Team 5112

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The Gongoliers


Team 5112

WHO ARE THE GONGOLIERS?

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.

OUR MISSION IS TO USE A PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT TO PUSH OUR MEMBERS TO SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS, SOLVE THE GROUP’S PROBLEMS, AND BECOME WHAT THEY DREAM TO BE.


From small group to big family

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Our Goal is 1500 Community Service hours

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. 

#PERCENT% to our goal

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Who Are We?


Our History

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Who Are We?


Our History

Our Beginning 

Since 2013'

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. 

The Progress

From 15 to 47

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. 

The Near Future

Preparing for tomorrow

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 third 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. 

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The Challenge


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The Challenge


FIRST® Robotics Competition 2016

This year the FIRST® Robotics Competition is unlike any competition that has been presented to robotics teams before, FIRST Strongholds, this years game. There is many challenges that need to be overcome in order to score points and bring a team to victory in this event. Robots need to be able to accomplish a wide variety of tasks while trying to score as many points as possible for their alliance. Robots want 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 can also score additional points by scoring and crossing defenses in an autonomous state. Three of five defenses are 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 will be the biggest challenge for robots this year.