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November 14 2017- Team 3467: Windham Windup FIRST® robotics team recently competed at Battle of the Bay, a Thanksgiving-themed event in Alton, NH. This event was hosted by Team 319, Big Bad Bob, and was attended by teams from all around New England. Team 3467 was selected to be on the sixth seed alliance by FRC Team 4909 Billerica Bionics, and the two selected FRC Team 2370, the iBots, to be their third alliance partner. The alliance performed exceptionally well, powering through the matches leading up to finals, and ended the season with a win. The opposing alliance in the final matches consisted of FRC Team 1073 The Force Team, FRC Team 238 Crusaders, and FRC Team 1729 Tidal Force. All three were fine adversaries and took the competition to a tiebreaker round.

While most of the team was busy working in the pits and operating the robot, two students and two business mentors participated in a series of event seminars by giving a presentation on the structure, crucial qualities, and responsibilities of a successful business team. Team 319 hosted a seminar during Battle of the Bay for presentations that would be beneficial to the FIRST community. 3467 was fortunate enough to be a part of it. Our ‘Business Team 101’ presentation helps the members of the FIRST community understand how to acquire proper funding for their team through fundraising and outreach, and emphasizes the importance of having a business team that is experienced, personable, and well-rounded. 3467’s hopes for the attendees of the seminar were that teams would leave with refined knowledge of how to create, structure, and operate a business team that would be able to sustain itself through outreach, public relations, and fundraising. Our presentation yielded extremely positive feedback, and our viewers were quite impressed with what our team does in terms of outreach and fundraising tactics.

The Steamworks season has come to a successful close for FRC 3467. Off-season events have helped shape our newer members into the well-rounded and problem-solving individuals they need to be in order to thrive in the FIRST Robotics Competition, and our veteran members have continued to offer support and advice for their teammates, new and old. The entire team is eagerly awaiting the release of the FIRST Power Up game challenge on January 6th. Until then, students will continue to work on learning about all aspects of the team, and will work on small projects designed to enhance their technical skills, as well as give presentations for potential sponsors. 3467 is putting its best foot forward for 2018, and cannot wait to get back in the competition swing in February.


October 16 2017- Team 3467: Windham Windup FIRST® robotics team is gearing up for another season. While the robot-building and competition season does not begin until January, there is still much to do. Students are busy receiving basic training on all aspects of the team, as well as more intensive training for their skills in subteams such as electrical, mechanical, programming, design, digital media, business, and strategy. The hard work that students are putting in before the season’s inception will help them to follow up their 2017 successes.

Team 3467 received the 2017 Chairman’s Award at the district and district championship events. As a result of these accomplishments, they traveled to St. Louis, Missouri for the 2017 FRC World Championship to end their competition season. Team 3467 placed 9th out of 67 teams in the qualification matches for their division, and ended up as captain of the 8th seed alliance for the elimination rounds.

In their efforts to prepare for the 2018 competition season, Team 3467 has been working on team-building exercises, design challenges, outreach events, contacting sponsors, developing a presentation team, and practicing driving and operating the robot. Through these tasks, students are becoming a close-knit group of bright individuals, and show a passion and excitement for learning and expanding their range of skills. The team recently displayed a couple of robots at the Deerfield Fair, and received the 4-H Excellence in Educational Display award. The Windham Windup also helped introduce young minds to engineering concepts and technology by doing demos at the Salem Boys and Girls Club and the Andover YMCA. A press release on Team 3467’s performance this weekend at River Rage 21, an off-season competition, will be available soon.


April 6-8th, 2017- Team 3467: Windham Windup FIRST® robotics team competed at the University Of New Hampshire to continue their 2017 competition season. Team 3467 came in 36th place out of 64 teams in the qualification matches, but was unfortunately not chosen for the elimination rounds.

This year’s 2017 game challenge is called “Steamworks”. Teams use their robotic creations to shoot “fuel” wiffle balls into a boiler shaped tower, and assemble gears onto the “airship” shaped tower in the middle of the field with two human players known as pilots inside of the airship, all during a series of two and half minute matches. Points are awarded according to the quantity of fuel filled, gears assembled, climbing onto the airship, and whether or not the airship took flight. Students have six weeks to design, build, and program their unique robots prior to competition. During competitions, teams from all over New England work together in alliances of three to complete the many tasks implemented in Steamworks.

Although the team did not participate in the elimination rounds during the championship, Windham Windup received the District Champions Chairman’s award, which is the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. The award is given to a team who illustrates and demonstrates the values of FIRST and what FIRST can do for the community. This award is sought after by all FIRST teams and the Windham Windup is honored to have received such an award for the second time this season.

Over April vacation, Team 3467 will be traveling to St. Louis, Missouri for the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship. The team is working incredibly hard to improve their robot and practice presenting with the little time they have until the upcoming competition. They are excited to put their best effort forward going into the final event of 2017 competition season and are also looking forward to the opportunity of competing with teams all over the world for the World Championship Chairman’s award.


March 25-26th, 2017- Team 3467: Windham Windup FIRST® robotics team competed at Bedford High School to continue their competition season for 2017. Team 3467 came in 13th place out of 41 teams in the qualification matches, and was chosen for the 6th seed alliance for the elimination rounds.

This year’s 2017 game challenge is called “Steamworks”. Teams use their robotic creations to shoot “fuel” wiffle balls into a boiler shaped tower, and assemble gears onto the “airship” shaped tower in the middle of the field with two human players known as pilots inside of the airship, all during a series of two and half minute matches. Points are awarded according to the quantity of fuel filled, gears assembled, climbing onto the airship, and whether or not the airship took flight. Students have six weeks to design, build, and program their unique robots prior to competition. During competitions, teams from all over New England work together in alliances of three to complete the many tasks implemented in Steamworks.

The Windham Windup was excited to work with FRC Teams 5556 “Carriagetown Robotics” and 885 “The Green Team”. The alliance was the 6th seed for the elimination rounds out of 8 alliances total. Although the alliance did their best to compete in the elimination rounds, they were unfortunately knocked out in the quarterfinals.

The next competition that Team 3467 will be competing in will be on April 5th to 8th at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire for the New England District Championship. The team is still working incredibly hard to continue improving their robot with the time they have until the upcoming district championship. They are excited to put their best effort going into the district championship of the 2017 competition season.


March 4-5th, 2017- Team 3467: Windham Windup FIRST® robotics team competed at their own Windham High School to kick off their competition season for 2017. Team 3467 came in 30th place out of 39 teams in the qualification matches, but was unfortunately not chosen for the elimination rounds.

This year’s 2017 game challenge is called “Steamworks”. Teams use their robotic creations to shoot “fuel” wiffle balls into a boiler shaped tower, and assemble gears onto the “airship” shaped tower in the middle of the field with two human players known as pilots inside of the airship, all during a series of two and half minute matches. Points are awarded according to the quantity of fuel filled, gears assembled, climbing onto the airship, and whether or not the airship took flight. Students have six weeks to design, build, and program their unique robots prior to competition. During competitions, teams from all over New England work together in alliances of three to complete the many tasks implemented in Steamworks.

Although the team did not participate in the elimination rounds, The Windham Windup was ecstatic to receive the Chairman’s award, which is the most prestigious award in FIRST Robotics. The award is given to a team who illustrates and demonstrates the values of FIRST and what FIRST can do for the community. This award is sought after by all FIRST teams and the Windham Windup is honored to have received such an award.

The next competition that Team 3467 will be competing in will be on March 25th and 26th  at Bedford High School in Bedford, New Hampshire. The team is working incredibly hard to improve their robot with the little time they have until the upcoming competition. They are excited to put their best foot forward going into the second event of 2017 competition season.