WPI/Mass. Academy Team Launches Its Robot for FIRST Robotics Competitions

Team Traveling to Competitions in Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706


A new season of FIRST Robotics Competitions is about to begin, and thousands of students around the country are in workshops assembling their robots for battle. Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (Team 190) will be unveiling its robot named "Gompei, the MOH Goat," this Thursday, before it gets packed up for the opening FIRST competition in New Hampshire.

Gompei, the MOH Goat (MOH stands for Magic Occurs Here, referring to the innovative engineering that goes into resolving the complex design issues), robot weighs more than 120 pounds. When deployed in competition mode, Gompei can reach a maximum width of eight feet, a height of 14 feet, and a length of 10 feet.

The WPI/Mass. Academy team and its robot Gompei will be competing this season in:

  • Granite State Regional, Manchester, NH - March 4-6
  • Arizona Regional, Phoenix, AZ. - March 11-13
  • Championship, Atlanta, GA. - April 15-17


The WPI/Mass. Academy's FIRST Team 190 is made up of more than 175 students - 150 from WPI, 25 from Mass. Academy, and several more from other area high schools.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational contest that tasks teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. It challenges teams to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe. Teams build robots using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules, and enter them in a series of competitions designed by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers.


Thursday, February 26, 2004
2:00 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Higgins Laboratories, Room 005
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.