We want to rejuvenate our age-old campus with technology and vitality.
We want to educate our people with both humor and knowledge.
We want to let hi-tech be tangible and fun to all people in our community.
We are an extremely passionate and diverse team, with members from all over the world and specializing in many different aspects. Combined with our dedication, this makes us an incredibly competitive team.
Our Team Leaders
Last year at FIRST Worlds in Detroit, several of our team members faced insensitive comments and experiences about their race and gender. Considering FIRST’s mission to “inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster Read more about Talking to the FIRST Director of DE&I[…]
Many kids who attended the UNH EPIC camp over the summer wanted to continue their exploration in robotics. The local elementary school only had limited team space and hours that did not work for many of the kids. So, we decided to start “STARK Industries”, FLL team number 48140. Due to the lack of a Read more about Hosting our own First Lego League Team[…]
Over the summer, our day student team members Vincent and Penny volunteered for the University of New Hampshire’s EPIC Program. This program allows elementary and middle school students to learn coding skills through LEGO Mindstorms and Arduino microcomputers. Vincent, the counseling manager for the program, hosted an interactive robot session in which he brought in Read more about Interactive Robot Demo, UNH EPIC Program[…]
Halfway through summer, Vincent was invited to serve as a panelist during the FIRST Global Conference. Members of this conference were able to learn more about our team’s FIRST experience through this question and answer session, moderated by Ms. Nancy Boyer. Vincent was also able to socialize with the other team representatives, and formed new Read more about FIRST Global Conference[…]
We’ve developed a website with all the common COTS parts a team can legally buy and use in FIRST Tech Challenge. Although we don’t limit our selection to the very best, this is a great place for rookie teams to have an overview of all possible parts so that they may select the items best Read more about FTC Parts Shop[…]
Penny, our programming lead, presented to Exeter Computing Club about the roles of historic racism and sexism in machine learning. Because of the history of racism and sexism in determining candidates for jobs and universities, and decisions made by companies and banks about areas with a larger demographic of minorities, algorithms that then learn from Read more about Exeter Computing Club[…]
FTC Team 15534, VERTEX, will be hosting an FTC Team Meetup on April 14th, from 2-5PM at Phillips Exeter Academy. All students in FIRST (any level!) are welcome to attend and learn about Silicon Valley Ethics, while being able to share experiences and bond with other FIRST Teams! Teams can use the following link to Read more about FTC Team Meetup![…]
Kai and Summer visited Girls Who Code, again! This time, they presented about Silicon Valley Ethics and how our ethics have evolved, or haven’t evolved, with the evolution of technology. About the presentation, Summer said: “It is the second time that VERTEX has presented there. For the first time, we did a presentation on Neutral Read more about Girls Who Code – Round 2![…]
Andrew Deschenes, a volunteer from iRobot, visited us and gave us a presentation about iRobot! He actually participated in FRC in high school, which was incredibly cool – it showed us how being in a robotics team can lead to future career. He showed us some of the robots that iRobot manufactures, and a future Read more about iRobot[…]
On January 20th this year, members from our team had a Skype call with the COO of the nearby robotics company Xenex, Mr. Froutin. We asked him about procedures in designing and building robots and team management. Through this experience, we learned many things: It is important to design the robot in part or in Read more about Engaging with Xenex’s COO[…]