District Championship Event

2019 – Destination Deep Space!


The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School FIRST Robotics team, known as “The Robotomies” is proud to have competed at the 2019 New England District Championship Event held at WPI April 10-13.

The team performed much better than expected given its strength as primarily a defensive robot.  Defense robots have proven to be extremely important to a winning strategy this year, but they typically do not generate many points.  This means that the team is equally desirable and not desirable at the same time.  All teams were well matched with very few ranking points dividing them.  The Robotomies enjoyed holding onto first place for a while, but then fell as low as 48 out of 64 teams.  The team managed to finish in a respectable 37th place but was unfortunately not selected to compete in the finals.

The team’s spirits remained high throughout the weekend and are now looking forward to possibly competing in some post-season events.  They are also hoping to show off this year’s robot at GrotonFest this fall.

The Robotomies is made up of approximately 30 students and 10 mentors.  They are fully supported by the generous donations of many of our parents and businesses including L3 Advanced Programs, Custom MMIC, IBM, Raytheon, The Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, Society of American Military Engineers, the Justin J. Maynard Memorial STEM Innovation Scholarship, The Ted Lapres and Connie Keeran Fund, 4C Test Systems, and SolidWorks.  For more information or to support the team, please contact faculty advisor Mark Rocheleau at mrocheleau@gdrsd.org.