By Lauren McInernery, Camryn Wirbal, Dan Ledoux
FIRST Robotics is a “sport of the mind”, as involved students work together to build and compete with robots under the guidance of experienced mentors. Just like a regular sports team robotics has a “season”, which kicked off Saturday January 6th at SNHU. At this kickoff, after hearing speeches from FIRST founder Dean Kamen, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Governor Chris Sununu, the game the team will compete in was revealed.
Now the team is in the midst of building a robot in six weeks that can overcome the engineering challenges proposed by the current competition. For this year’s competition, the team must construct robot that is able to deliver power cubes onto a switch and/or scale to obtain ownership. Also, the robots are able to give power cubes to the human player so powerups may be activated. At the end of the match, robots have the opportunity to climb, “defeat the boss”, and win the match! Throughout the six weeks of the “build season”, the engineering skills of the students are being constantly challenged, making FIRST Robotics the closest a high school student can get to real world engineering.
All of the team’s hard work will be put to the test on March 2th during a regional competition at Windham High School against 37 teams from New Hampshire as well as other surrounding states. Be looking for more updates as the season progresses!