Year book write up:

In the last five years, our robotics program has grown to include the FIRST Robotic Challenge (FRC). “A varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, with limited time and resources, teams of 40 or more students raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills to build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each team builds a 24” by 36” robot, which can stand as tall as 88” and weigh 150 pounds, then competes on fields that are the size of a gym floor.

Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team 3930 began its rookie year in the 2012 robotics season.  Our first competition experience involved shooting basketballs through multi-leveled baskets and cooperating with other teams to balance on a rocking bridge.  During the regional competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, the team’s exemplary performance on and off the playing field led to our attainment of the Rookie All-Star Award.  This achievement granted S.M.A.R.T.  the opportunity to travel to St. Louis, MO for the FIRST World Festival.

The team’s second year game involved launching frisbees through multi-level targets and climbing a three level pyramid.  During the Maine State Competition at the Lewiston Colisee, S.M.A.R.T. was presented with the Judges Award for outstanding work in the community spreading the message of FIRST and STEM.

This year, the 2014 game consists of cooperating with alliance members to pass large exercise balls and then throwing or pushing them into goals.  S.M.A.R.T.’s robot uses a hammer mechanism to launch the ball and a scoop to catch and pick up the ball.

Spruce Mountain’s robotics team has grown tremendously since it began in 2011.  The original team consisted of 20 students and a few teacher and parent mentors.  This year’s team has 38 student participants and many new adult mentors.  We continue to spread FIRST’s messages of teamwork and communication alongside the ideals of STEM; science, technology, engineering, and math.  We look forward to even more growth in the following years and a great 2014 season!

Awards and Recognition

2014 Awards

SMART has had an extremely successful year. We received seven major awards and competed in three robotic events. We have worked hard fund-raising, training, and building robots, and we have learned to work together as a team to learn and promote STEM in our school, our community, and ourselves. The entire team, mentors, and community have led us to our success. With hard work, come great rewards. Thank you to everyone who has helped us becomes so successful. Below are the awards and descriptions. We may need to get a new trophy case.  We qualified for the World championship finishing 30 out of 163 team in New England, we did not attend.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute District (Worcester, MA) awards

1) Engineering Inspiration Award (the second most prestigious award given to a team): Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. -Adam Gettle, pit crew, build team and full team.

2) Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. -Sam Brenner, pit crew, and build team.

Pine Tree District (Lewiston, Maine) awards

1) Finalist Award.: Awarded to the teams which compete in the final matches.

2) Industrial Safety Award (sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories): Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. -Sam Brenner, pit crew, and build team.

3) Entrepreneurship Award: Celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and recognizes a team which has developed a comprehensive business plan in order to define, manage and achieve team objectives. This team displays entrepreneurial enthusiasm and the vital business skills to ensure a self-sustaining program. -Devon Darling, Bailey Morrell, Michael Chavez

New England Championships (Boston, MA) awards

1) Imagery Award: In honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance. -Shelby Bryant and spirit team.

2) Industrial Safety Award (sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories): Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. -Sam Brenner, pit crew, and build team.

 

2013 Awards

This year SMART Robotics attended two regional competitions; Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and the brand new Pine Tree regional (PTR). At WPI we were picked by the fourth-place alliance, but end up losing in the semi-final rounds.  During the quarterfinal rounds we had mechanical issues, but our robot’s defensive capabilities were well respected.  At PTR we solved our mechanical issues and focused on competing for the prestigious Chairman’s Award and Industrial Safety Award.  We won the Industrial Safety Award.  The presentation by our Chairman’s Award Team and our Chairman’s Award video won us the Judges Award.  We finished in 10th place out of 38 teams.

Mainely Spirit Champions

Pine Tree Regional awards

Winner of the Industrial Safety Award

Industrial Safety Award (sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories): Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. -Sam Brenner, pit crew, and build team.

Judges’ Award

During the course of the competition, the judging panel may decide a team’s unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition.

 

2012 Awards

The Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team (S.M.A.R.T.) competed at the FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on March 8th-10th and won the Rookie All Star Award. This year’s FRC challenge was called “Rebound Rumble” and required students to build and program a computer controlled robot under 120 pounds that could score points by shooting foam basketballs in hoops at 3 different heights and balancing on a hinged “balance bridge” with other robots.  The Spruce Mountain High School team made an exceptional showing in their rookie season.  During the final awards ceremony, SMART was presented with the Rookie All Star Award, the highest honor a rookie team can achieve.  With this award, the team earned the privilege to attend the FIRST World Festival in St. Louis from April 25th  -28th.  As the awards presenter at WPI said as he presented SMART with their award:

            With 7 rookie teams competing here today, the judges had a very difficult time choosing just one Rookie All Star team!  Today we recognize an outstanding new member of FIRST!  Being the new kid on the block isn’t easy, but this year’s winning team looks like they have been a member of the FIRST community for many seasons.  They may be new, but they “get it!

Our Rookie All Star Award is presented to a team that although it is only their inaugural season, exemplifies many of the ideals of FIRST.  They understand that competition is both technically challenging and fun.  Well organized, smart, and colorful, this team has conquered a very tall mountain.  The future for this team looks very bright!”

Rookie All-Star Award

Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.

Attended FIRST World Championships

SMART FRC team qualified thanks to being awarded the Rookie All-Star Award at the regional competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in March. In just six weeks, the team raised enough funds to make the trip to St. Louis.

“The team did great,” said team advisor and Spruce Mountain High School North Campus applied technology teacher Dan Lemieux on Monday. “We finished 54th in our division, which is basically the middle of the pack. We had a really great run the last day.”