At FIRST, it's all about learning and helping each other
Austin Snell, a sophomore at Campbell High School in Litchfield, makes some final adjustments before his team enters its robot in a FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of New Hampshire on Friday. (JASON SCHREIBER/union Leader Correspondent)
A rookie team from Fall Mountain Regional High School in Landgon found that out on the second day of the District FIRST Robotics Competition.
Teammates were disappointed they lost the match, but didn't feel defeated.
"All the teams we were playing with helped us out a lot, telling us how to do it so we would know when we were out there what to expect," Judkins said.
The object of the game was to hurl as many balls as possible into the goals during a two-minute, 30-second match.
All of the teams have mentors who are teachers or professionals from companies such as BAE Systems. Velcro, Fidelity Investments and UNH.
"As you grow, it's easier to scale up, so when we have more new teams next year we can just add one more district event as opposed to a big regional," he said.
New Hampshire hosted two district events this year - the one at UNH and another on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Nashua High School South. New Hampshire has 31 teams. About half competed at UNH while other schools that were closer to Nashua competed there the week before.
Manchester West junior Alexandra Stone, 17, said the team had a lot of setbacks in the beginning, but they worked through them.
Windham High School freshman Eric Chin, 15, served as design team captain for his team. The competition is perfect for Chin, who hopes to become a mechanical engineer.
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