The 2020 season brought a lot of challenges to the team among which was a loss of many experienced members but the team pulled through to create our robot, Panakin. Panakin was able to compete at the Granite State Event for the 2020 FRC Challenge Infinite Recharge. At the event we were chosen by the third team captain. We were also awarded the Judge’s award for our community outreach. We were unable to host our North Shore District Event this year as the season ended early due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.
With a continuous growth in team membership, our team competed in the 2019 FRC Challenge Destination Deep Space. With our robot Penumbra, we competed at the Granite State Event and New England District Championship. For the sixth consecutive time, we hosted the North Shore District Event, winning the event as a team captain.
In 2018, our team experienced a growth in not only membership, but also in corporate and local sponsorships. To participate in the 2018 PowerUp challenge, our team competed at the South East Mass District Event with Pnoname, our elevator robot. As with previous years, Pnoname competed in the North Shore District Event, hosted at Reading Memorial High School.
During the 2017 season, the team continued to grow, redefine team roles, and better manufacturing abilities. For the third year, our team once again hosted the North Shore District event. Winning the North Shore District Event, the Robockets also participated in the South East District Event and the New England District Championship. We were very proud to have received the entrepreneurship award at both the North Shore District Event and the South East District Event.
The astonishing growth of the Robockets was manifested in 2016 when the team was awarded the Chairman’s award and was one of the youngest teams to ever do so in FIRST. In 2016, the team also began hosting an annual Science Expo in the local town of Reading to encourage interest in STEM in the community.
In 2014, with limited funding, expenses from the previous season, and restricted space, we managed to solicit sponsors, establish a budget, and win the Rhode Island District championships. Capitalizing on this growth, our team hosted the North Shore District Event in 2015 and have been hosting it every year since. In 2015, the team won the Entrepreneurship award at both the North Shore District Event and the Rhode Island District Event.
FRC Team 4761, “The Robockets” assembled in 2012 to support students emerging from FLL programs as they entered Reading Memorial High School. The 2013 Ultimate Ascent FRC Challenge was our team’s first season. The team, comprised of 18 students and 5 mentors, competed in the Boston Regional event without any funding. Here we won the Rookie All-Star Award and were claimed to be the Highest Rookie Seed. As Rookie All-Stars, we also qualified and attended the World Championships in St. Louis that year.