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FIRST Robotics Competition, March 1, 2013High school students scrambled like members of a NASCAR pit crew, tweaking their machines for maximum performance in the opening round of the annual FIRST Robotics Competition on Friday.

Chris Cennamo, left, and Drake Parker of the Gilford Screaming Eagle team lift the team robot after competing in the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Gabe Munro-Ludders dances with his team, BERT 133, at the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Team Robosaints from St. Thomas Aquinas in Dover including John Hume, clockwise from bottom right, Scott Lamaureux, David Pressley and Connor Jednak make some final adjustments to the team robot before competing in the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Nick Bailey of the Gilford Screaming Eagles was decked out in a custom vest during the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Kyle Pittman of Team 1073, Hollis/Brookline, makes the rounds in the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Manchester Memorial's Zachary Marais of the Cruisin' Crusaders adjusts his team's robot during the FIRST Robotics BAE Systems Granite State Regional at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Friday.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)