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.