On April 29, Nativity students in grades 6 through 8 competed for the first time in the New England regional competition of Botball, a robotics competition for middle and high school students. Over the course of preceding months, students on the Nativity robotics team built a robot to complete a series of tasks on a game board. In building their bot, Nativity boys learned basic computer programming, mechanical design, and how to work on a team. At the April competition, Nativity finished 10th out of 18 schools and received the KISS Award for their simple and effective design. The team was sponsored in large part by a grant awarded on behalf of N.A.S.A. and UMass Lowell, as well as by a number of private donors.