Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

March 20, 2014

AHS robotics teams engineer tourney success

The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Robotics Club’s two teams have had quite a noteworthy year.

Team Awesome Sauce, one of Andover’s FIRST Tech Challenge teams, participated in a FIRST robotics competition qualifier last month at Ursuline Academy in Dedham.

The students performed well, taking home the Motivate Award, which “celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm.”

They also made it into the finals, being selected by team Cohasset Robotics to participate in the Alliance Rounds. They, however, did not quite qualify for the state-level tournament.

The Pixelated Tesseracts, the club’s second FTC team, achieved success at its qualifier earlier this year in Arlington. The team won the Think Award, which recognizes “the Engineering Notebook which best reflects the ‘journey’ that the team experienced throughout the process, from design to build.”

Due to the effort by the club and the community in hosting a qualifier at Andover High School this season, The Pixelated Tesseracts advanced to the state FTC Championship on March 8 in Bridgewater.

The student-run Andover Robotics Club is comprised of high-schoolers who participate in various nationwide robotics competitions, including the First Tech Challenge and Botball.

Led by team advisor Minda Reidy, the club strives to get students involved in STEAM education alongside mentors who support them through the engineering process. Founded in 2009, the club is thankful for the funding support of the Punchard Trustees, aided in recent years by Raytheon.

The club meets three days a week after school and is open to all students. Members learn how to either program, build or document the design process of the robot; past experience is not necessary.

The 2014 Botball season is just starting up now and new members are welcome. Visit for more.