March 20. 2016 10:17PM

Memorial robotics team wins first national competition

New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Memorial High School FIRST Robotics team is scheduled to head back to the Queen City from North Carolina tonight, bringing home the school’s first-ever win in a national competition.

The Manchester Memorial FIRST Robotics Team 238 — the Cruisin’ Crusaders — captured the blue ribbon Sunday for placing first in the North Carolina District FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The event was held at Kimmel Arena in UNC-Asheville’s Sherrill Center.

“It’s a great achievement for the kids,” Memorial Principal Arthur Adamakos said Sunday night. “They work so hard to get ready for these events.”

The Cruisin’ Crusaders were one of 25 teams of students from North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire who engaged in a field competition with industrial-sized robots, which they built and programmed themselves, according to a news release from UNC-Asheville.

“We are so proud to have won the competition in Asheville, NC.,” Memorial team members wrote in a Facebook post Sunday night. “We must also thank our mentors and parents for this incredible opportunity.”

Adamakos said about 10 team members, team adviser and Memorial teacher Brian Foote, and parent chaperones headed to North Carolina last Thursday. Team members are due to fly back into Manchester tonight, weather permitting. Adamakos and staff are already planning a celebration.

“We’ll probably have something for them on Tuesday,” said Adamakos. “Just like any school team that wins a championship, they will get a banner and be recognized by the school. Memorial hosted the first FIRST Robotics events in the 1990s. This is a great win for the team and the school.”

FIRST began in Manchester in 1991 as a way to encourage student interest in science and technology.