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 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.
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!