ASD team takes top billing

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Academy for Science and Design’s FIRST Technical Challenge Team, The Tetrix Terrors, placed first at The Wapack Northern New England FTC Championship held March 12 in Antrim.

Teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Ohio competed in the all-day event. The win earned the Textrix Terrors an invitation to compete against the 99 other regional championship teams at the FTC World Championship to be held in St. Louis at the end of April.

Similar to the large FIRST Robotics Competition recently held at the Verizon Wireless Arena, the FTC tournament uses a sports model for robots to compete head-to-head against other teams. Each team of high school students must design, build and program a robot to score points in this year’s game called Get Over It!

In addition to manipulating their own robot, teams also have to work strategically with an alliance partner to score the most points during each match. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments. The Academy for Science and Design is an open-enrollment chartered public school for grades 7-12 specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

ASD is located in Merrimack, but students come from all parts of New Hampshire to attend classes. The Tetrix Terrors started as a rookie team of only six eighth-graders in the 2009-10 season but did not make it to any competitions. This year’s team is still young with mostly ninth-graders participating but has expanded to 17 members.

While the students are anxious to continue making improvements to their robot, the next order of business will be to raise the approximately $1,000 per team member required for registration and travel expenses. The team will be organizing several fundraisers in the next few weeks, which will be posted on their website Anyone interested in more information or making a donation to the team can contact them by email at

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