FIRST puts science skills to the test
Team Chaos From Manchester’s Central High School scrambles to fix a broke chain on their robot before competing in Friday’s FIRST Robotics Competition at Nashua High School South. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
Thirty-nine teams from all over New England are competing at the Granite State District Championship in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an event originally spearheaded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen to promote science, technology, engineering and math concepts.
Peterson's team, Mechanical Mayhem, is the largest team competing this weekend with 40 students — most of them home-schoolers representing 15 different communities in New Hampshire.
Peterson's story is the heart and soul behind the FIRST Robotics initiative, said Bruce Linton, executive director of FIRST Robotics in New England.
The FIRST community is a dedicated group of students and parents who are passionate about not only the competition, but the camaraderie as well, he said.
Right before taking the field on Friday, his team's robot was having some technical difficulties that members were trying to fix during the last few minutes before competition.
For Abbie Petersen, a junior at Manchester High School Central, FIRST Robotics has been an experience that she has come to appreciate and respect.
FIRST programs start in kindergarten with the Junior FIRST Lego League, followed by FIRST Lego League for grades four through eight, and then the FIRST Tech Challenge in grades seven through 12.
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