We're a FIRST Tech Challenge team based in Essex, Vermont

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HiveMind Robotics is a robotics team based at Essex High School which competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FTC is a global robotics competition in which students have several months to build and program a robot that will compete in a challenge outlined by FIRST. It's not only a competition, but an opportunity for teams to network with other teams and to get out into their communities to spread interest in the robotics field. In 2023, HiveMind will be competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge game POWERPLAY with the team number 3397.

We're currently in need of sponsors to support our team; if you or your company are in a position to donate, we'd greatly appreciate getting in contact! We're also currently raising money for us to buy a Pelican case for our equipment, which you can contribute to here.


HiveMind Robotics is led by Joseph Chase.

Our team members for the 2022-2023 season consist of:

Freshmen: Sophomores: Juniors: Team Mascot:
Lion Ahern Cheru Berhanu Riley Beckett Pluto (The dog)
Ken Lynch Max Drapa Alex Bergeron
Elliot Medick Sophie Guenther Matthew Corneau
Sung Won Park Ben Haddock Ethan Gibbs
Mason Meirs Ehan Haque
Dominic Petrarca Bijan Goff
Adison Yandow Noah Jeter
Ben Kinaman
Gabe Nichols
Lucas St. Hilaire

Starting FRC

We as a team have decided to start our own First Robotics Challenge (FRC) team and participate in the upcoming 2023 season. A group of eight have decided to commit to this time-consuming task of building a FRC robot; most of whom have participated in a previous FIRST challenge. Together we attended the last off-season event for the 2022 FRC season which took place in Alton, New Hampshire hosted by team 319, Big Bad Bob. With a total of 24 teams competing, there were lots of creative and interesting designs which each team created to achieve this year's challenge. This event helped us learn more about FRC and got us a better sense of what we needed to do as a team to get ready for the season and how we should approach the challenge. We learned that FRC is very different compared to our normal challenge of First Tech Challenge (FTC), but with varying similarities; furthermore, we hope to use our experience in FTC and First Lego League (FLL) to hasten our development through the start of the season.

Contact Us

Are you a potential sponsor? Just have a question/comment/concern? Feel free to email HiveMindRobotics@gmail.com!