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Victor Woodroffe


[Springfield, MA, April 4, 2023] – Minuteman High School’s FIRST Robotics Team was part of the winning three-team alliance at the NE District Western New England Event held at Western New England University in Springfield, MA, in March. This was an incredible accomplishment for Team #8604 Alpha Centauri, which is in only its second year of competition after forming in 2020.

The team was one of 36 competing in the event, and was selected by top-seeded teams #176 and #195 to join their alliance in the playoffs based on their consistent and dependable gameplay during the qualifying rounds. The alliance won all their playoff matches and achieved a high score of 168 points, currently the record in New England. The team just learned this week they qualified for the NE FIRST District Championship, which will take place April 6-8 in Springfield, MA.

The students have fundraised most of the cost but are short of the required registration fee of

$4,000. Any donation to support this championship and future competitions is very much appreciated.


3 Ways to donate to Minuteman’s FIRST Robotics Team:

1.  Snap! Raise. No need for an account, a quick way to donate to the team. Click Here to Donate to Minuteman's FIRST Robotics Team Now Using Snap! Raise (Snap! Raise does take a fee of funds collected, option 2 or 3 would be the best route for any larger donations, should Minuteman’s FIRST Robotics Team be so lucky to to receive that level of support!).

2.  My School Bucks. Create an account or sign out as a guest. Click Here to Donate to Minuteman's FIRST Robotics Team Now Using MySchoolBucks

3.  Good-old-fashioned check (sent Attn: Business Office) made out to Minuteman High School, with “FIRST Robotics Donation” in the memo.


About FIRST®

FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future through a suite of inclusive, team-based robotics programs for ages 4-18 (PreK-12) that can be facilitated in school or in structured afterschool programs. Boosted by a global support system of volunteers, educators, and sponsors that include over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies, teams operate under a signature set of FIRST Core Values to conduct research, fundraise, design, build, and showcase their achievements during annual challenges. An international not-for-profit organization founded by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST has a proven impact on STEM learning, interest, and skill-building well beyond high school. Alumni of FIRST programs gain access to exclusive scholarships, internships, and other opportunities that create connections and open pathways to a wide variety of careers. Learn more at