about the nutrons

The NUTRONs was started in 1997 with 15 members from the Boston Latin School, Northeastern University and Textron Systems. 20 years under our belt, and we are 80 strong, representing 5 high schools, 7 universities, and 8 technology companies in the Boston Area.

Ten years ago, there were less than 5 FRC teams and no competitions in Massachusetts. hrough the generous funds provided in 2006 by the Smith Family Grant --a Boston-based grant for community improvement-- the NUTRONs partnered with FIRST to establish and mentor 16 FRC teams. We are the proud founders of the FRC Boston Regional Competition. As a result of our continued support of those teams and our commitment to provide competitions in our area, there are now over 25 self-sustaining FRC teams in the Greater Boston area, as well as FRC District Events in Reading, Revere, and Bridgewater, MA, run by NUTRONs mentors.

We are fortunate to have 25 mentors who tirelessly give their time to help us succeed. Of these mentors, 90% are FIRST alumni from 15 different FRC and FTC teams, and 40% are women. This year, we have gained 10 new college mentors from 6 universities, all FIRST alumni.

As for our students, we have a 100% graduation rate, with all of our members enrolling in college or joining the military. 85% of our students who attend college major in a STEM-related field. 7 of our alumni have won FIRST scholarships, and in 2015 one became a Championship Dean's List winner.  

about frc

Our team is centered around FIRST. FIRST Robotics is an awe-inspiring, worldwide robotics program that pulls teams of high school students to build full scale robots and compete both with and against each other in a different game each year. Each game is different and brings an incredible experience to mechanical, programming, or non-technical students all the same. It also helps build crucial team building and co-operative working skills.

OUT - REACH

One of our primary goals is to spread the idea and knowledge of STEM. We achieve this through our multiple outreach programs. Our students work with kids of all ages through various events hosted by us throughout Boston and its surrounding cities. Shown below are just a few of the ways we like to help the community.

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

The FIRST Lego League (FLL) is another FIRST program for young, inspired minds. With the help from volunteers and students, we hold a qualifier competition at Revere High School in Revere, Massachusetts.  

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LATINO STEM ALLIANCE

The Latino STEM Alliance (LSA) is a program that we support with great pride. The LSA partners with schools, private imdustries, community groups, and academia to bring STEM experiences to underserved youth. Our students volunteer to help with The LSA in any and all position available, from creating the challenges and games to mentoring teams to working at the events.

 

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UNIVERSITY DAY

Every year before build season, we host a series of informational seminars relating to all aspects of robotics, both technical and not. All teams in the area are welcome and encouraged to take part and learn from both our students and mentors alike.

Along with the above, the Nutrons also have other outreach programs. These consist of:

  • An FTC program at 3 different middle schools.

  • An FLL program at 3 different elementary schools.

  • Beantown Blitz, an annual off-season FRC event hosted by us at the Revere High School.