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Welcome to FRC Team 95 – The Grasshoppers have been a US F.I.R.S.T. competitive robotics club since 1997.  Generally located in the Upper Valley, we have students participating from area high schools and home-schools. 

Our home base and primary build site is at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC) located at 1 Gifford Rd, Hartford, VT.

Team 95 is a merit-based sports team which competes in FRC Robotics competitions. This means that the group organizes itself as a team with seniority based solely on capability and participation instead of as a club. At team meetings, students are expected to participate in one or more of the following roles: design, machining, assembly, electronics, programming, fundraising, community outreach, and administration. Student roles at competitions include the following: Team Captain, Safety Captain, Driver 1, Driver 2, and Human Player, with multiple students also working in the pit area to maintain the robot, and multiple other students working at the event as scouts to evaluate other teams to be part of our alliance.

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Who Participates?

If anything below peaks your interest than Team 95 may be right for you! We have students from Hartford High School, Lebanon High School, Hanover High School, Mascoma Valley Regional High School and homeschooled students. Our coaches work in technical and/or mechanical fields and many of our coaches are alumni of the team!


Are you interested in:

  • Computer Programming (mostly Java)

  • CAD (Computer Aided Design)

  • Physics

  • Electrical Components

  • Mechanical Design/Assembly (CNC, Lathe, Mill, etc)

  • Learning how math can apply to the real-world


Are you considering a career in:

  • Engineering (Mechanical or Electrical)

  • Computer Science/Computer Programming

  • Machining

  • Math

  • Science

  • STEM Education


Contact for more information. We work at Hartford Area Career and Technology Center.

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“I was hesitant in joining FIRST in the beginning because I didn’t think I would be able to contribute enough or learn anything. You were the one who really convinced me to join, I went to a meeting and I was hooked. With Team 95 I learned a whole lot about teamwork, and specifically for me I learned a lot of programming. At meetings you can really experience and learn whatever STEM topic you want. If you want to program, do that, make things with CNC machines, do that, wire up fancy lights and solenoids, do that, and you can do everything or switch whenever you want. Joining FIRST was probably one of the best things I could have ever done. But even though I didn’t get the FIRST scholarship, mostly because I didn’t apply, I still got lots of out FIRST.

First off, the people you meet. At RPI I have met so many first alumni and I am friends with everyone I have met so far. I’m good friends with someone from Team 230! Second, the ability to put on your resume that you were in FIRST robotics is amazing. At the RPI career fair, everyone who looked at my resume and saw FIRST Robotics was immediately interested. If you put on your resume that you have had real world experience programming robots or building robots you are probably going to join to the top of the resume pile. And third, it was lots and lots off fun! Going to competitions was just a blast! At sometimes it was stressful and nerve-racking but that just makes it all more fun.

I would recommend everyone join FIRST while you still can. A few of my friends in college regret not doing FIRST in high school because they cant put it on their resume and lost out on all of the experience they could have gained. I am possibly getting an Internship at a company called Labsphere or maybe Red River and during both of the phone interviews I had with them each of the companies, Labsphere and Red River, both brought up FIRST Robotics and asked what I did. So yeah, join FIRST and you will have everything to gain and nothing to lose.” - Nick Arnold

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