History & Traditions

Quick Facts

  • Team Name: Green Reapers
  • Founded: Fall 2005

Team Name

In the 70’s the school’s basketball team destroyed all of the competition. Due to this the gym at Burncoat High School became known as the “Green Graveyard” and there is a sign hanging in the gym containing tombstones with the names of the Worcester high schools on them. Going with that theme, our team name is the “Green Reapers”.

Green Fence

Every year the team uses green fence (technically lattice) either for decoration or structure. This tradition started when looking for the cheapest structural material for the first robot. While walking around Home Depot the green lattice was found and used on all four side of the robot. That year the robot became known as the “fence robot” at every event. At kickoff the next year, people kept asking the team if we were going to use it again. Since it is hard for a team to become well known for something, it was decided to keep it. In 2007 it came to the point where a decision had to be made about whether to remove the fence or two CIM motors to save weight and the decision was to go with the CIM motors.

Robot Name

Every robot has been named D-Fence and what ever version number it is (i.e. D-Fence v1.0). This is partially because of the lattice, and partially because it is the only name the team could agree on in 2006. Each new robot starts with a new major version number and then every major change to the robot after the first day of the first regional, becomes the minor version number. More details on all the changes can be found for each robot on the history pages.

Reaper Suits

The reaper suits were originally made for the off-season competition RiverRage as our Halloween costume in 2006. Since then, a couple more have been made ever year and they are worn at ever competition.

Pompoms/Scythes/Face Paint/Hair Spray

To go along with the team’s theme every one has a scythe that they carry around at the competitions and cheer with. Borrowing from Team 155 (The Green Reapers founder’s original team), the team started bringing pom-poms to every event.

Also at every regional the team members in the stands go crazy with the green and white face paint and green hairspray.

Building at WPI

During the last week of build season, the team packs up the robot and the tools and heads over to WPI to finish the robot. This is because it is February vacation and the school is closed for the week.

Pixar Movies

In 2008, when Pixar released Wall-E, the team started the tradition of going to the new Pixar movie every summer.