Established in 2009, the Andover Robotics Club is a student-run organization in Andover, Massachusetts, that specializes in the construction of robots for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). The club has about 75 active members and is led by a student board of officers that keeps it running behind-the-scenes. The club has three co-ed teams, 5273 ARC Thunder, 24256 ARC Sandstorm and 4410 ARC Lightning, as well as one all-girls team, 10331 ARC Hailstorm. During its season, members build, code, and CAD a robot and do community outreach, to make STEM accessible in the community.
To learn more about our teams, please refer to the "Teams" tab.
President - Rajswami Kontham
Vice President - Josephine Pan
Aneesh Ratnala and Richard Chen
Team Leaders -
Sasha Dicovitsky - 10331 ARC Hailstorm
Raahil Parikh - 4410 ARC Lightning
Luke Stump - 5273 ARC Thunder
Aaryan Des- 24256 ARC Sandstorm
Since ARC’s first competition in 2010, we have earned numerous awards for our excellent technical skills, documentation, outreach, and teamwork. Here are some of our teams' achievements:
Battle of Lexington 8.0: ARC Hailstorm won the Think award, ARC Lightning was on the Finalist Alliance.
Rocket Rumble 4.2: ARC Hailstorm won the Motivate award, ARC Lightning won the Think award, and the ARC Thunder won the Design award.
Mass State Championships: ARC Hailstorm won the Promote award, ARC Lightning won 2nd place Control award and was on a Semifinalist Alliance.
Who Let the Bots Out: ARC Hailstorm won the Inspire award, ARC Thunder won the Think award and was on the Winning Alliance, and ARC Lightning won the Design award!
Mass State Championships: ARC Hailstorm won the Promote Award and second place Control Award, ARC Thunder won the Innovate Award and was on the Finalist Alliance, and Rishika Agarwal was named Dean's List Finalist.
Remote Qual 1: ARC Lightning won the 2nd Place Inspire Award.
Remote Qual 2: ARC Thunder won the 2nd Place Think Award.
Remote Qual 3: ARC Thunder was the 2nd ranked team, in addition to winning the 2nd Place Think Award and the Control Award.
Mass State Championships: ARC Thunder was the 6th ranking team, ARC Lightning and ARC Thunder won the 1st and 2nd place Think Award respectively, Mrs. Reidy won the Compass Award, and Jade Nair was named Dean's List Finalist.
Battle of Lexington 7.1: ARC Thunder was Finalist Alliance Captain and won the Inspire award!
Who Let the Bots Out: ARC Thunder won the Design Award, and ARC Hailstorm won the Connect Award and was on the Winning Alliance.
Mass. State Championships: ARC Thunder won the Innovate Award, ARC Hailstorm won the Motivate Award, and Abby Chou was named Dean's List Finalist.
ARC Thunder won the Connect award, ARC Hailstorm won the Think award, and ARC Lightning won the Winning Alliance award in the Rover Ruckus competition. At states, Mrs. Reidy won the Compass Award and Jolene Pern was named Dean's List Finalist. ARC Thunder was also selected to attend FIRST World Championships!
ARC Hailstorm won the Connect award and qualified for States in FTC's Relic Recovery.
We began hosting two qualifiers per season. ARC Lightning won the Connect Award, ARC Thunder won the Motivate Award, and ARC Hailstorm won the Winning Alliance Award in FTC's Velocity Vortex.
The FTC Northern New England Championships awarded us the Think award for stellar documentation of our engineering process, which we proceeded to win again at the 2012 North Andover Qualifying Tournament. We continued on to host and participate in the 2012 Massachusetts FTC Championship Tournament. At the 2011 Botball competition, we received the Judge’s Choice award, winning 2nd in our alliance match. In 2012, Botball once again commended our tremendous documentation.
In the Botball New England competition, we placed 4th overall, 1st in our alliance match, and won the award for outstanding documentation.