FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
The Force Team, Team 1073, is a high school FIRST Robotics Competition team from Hollis, NH. Our base of operations is at Hollis/Brookline High School where we garner students from the towns of Hollis and Brookline.
The purpose of the FIRST Robotics Team at Hollis Brookline High School is to inspire and prepare our students to become the leaders, innovators and technologically-literate citizens of tomorrow. We follow FIRST’s vision of inspiring young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math by providing an accessible, innovative program that builds self-confidence, knowledge, professionalism and life skills.
2017 - 2018 Season Summary
FIRST Robotics Team 1073, the Force Team, started off the 2017-2018 season in August and got right to work on Off-Season projects. This included fundraising, training new members, volunteering in the community, connecting with other teams, hosting FLL and Jr FLL events, and testing new and innovative technology that could be useful in the fast approaching "Power Up" season. They competed at Off-Season competitions River Rage and Battle of the Bay. At Battle of the Bay they were finalists, as their alliance missed winning the competition by just a few seconds.
All members, new and old, came together on January sixth to kick-off Build Season and watch and analyze the new game, FIRST Power Up. Over the course of the next six weeks, the Force Team designed, built, coded, and tested their new robot; they created a unique strategy to execute at competitions. By the end of Build Season, the team was ready to go to the Granite State District Event (GSD) that took place at Windham High School in Windham, NH. At GSD, the team won the Judges’ Award, and was a runner up for the Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. After making some slight modifications to the robot, they then traveled to UNH Durham to participate in the week five UNH District Event, where they won the Innovation in Control Award, sponsored by Rockwell Automation, for their impressive use of LiDAR and Raspberry Pi’s, and again was a runner up for the UL Safety Award.
Due to their successes at both competitions, both on and off the field, they qualified for the New England District Championship held at Boston University. The team finally earned the UL Safety Award and qualified for the World Championship held in Detroit. At Detroit, the Force Team was part of the Tesla Division with 66 other international teams; they placed 41 out of the 67 teams competing. They also earned the UL Safety Star of the Day during one the competition days!
Still excited and ready to compete, they returned home, elected the next season’s student leadership through a job interview process, and toured several sponsor facilities. The team then went to their first Off-Season competition, Battlecry, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. At the competition, they got placed on the 2nd seeded alliance and made it to the finals; they also were awarded the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious award at Battlecry.
Team 1073 would like to thank the community for all of their support this season and is excited for next season.
Countdown to Destination Deep Space:
Our team mimics the real-world, corporate business structure with student leadership consisting of two co-CEOs and several VPs for each subgroup: Business, Electrical, Integration, Mechanical, Software, and Strategy. The team values their influence over the community and constantly works to host community events and connect with other teams at off-season competitions. This does more than build a network of sponsors and supporters, it also allows team members create stronger friendships and gain new insights from their experienced peers.
Annually, Team 1073 hosts Jr. FIRST Lego League and FIRST Lego League tournaments, with a roster that grows larger and larger with each passing season. Through these events, we can encourage young students who are interested in science and technology to continue their participation in FIRST by joining the local FTC or FRC teams. In this way, we have built strong relationships with and gained the support of our sponsors, other FRC teams, and the entire community.
To find out more about the goals and practices of FIRST, Team 1073 recommends the FIRST Website.
To support Team 1073, donation checks can be made out to "HBHS" and addressed to:
HBHS FIRST Robotics Team 1073
Hollis, NH 03049
Donors and sponsors, thank you for your support!