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NH teams starting 3 days of competition in FIRST Robotic World Championship

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 26. 2017 11:46PM
Daniel Mondor, Carl Mills, Abbey Durell and Matt Moedebeck, the Manchester Memorial High School Crusaders, are ready to compete. (COURTESY)

The FIRST Robotic World Championship begins in earnest today, when some 400 teams — including three from Manchester public high schools — begin three days of competition in St. Louis.

Manchester School of Technology, which fielded its first team this year, is at the event, as well as teams from Manchester High School Central and Manchester Memorial High School, said Kimberly Buckholz, a parent-mentor with the Memorial team.

Manchester High School West qualified for the event, but the team was unable to raise the $30,000 to $40,000 necessary to attend the event, Buckholz said.

Teams from Londonderry, Salem, Windham, Concord, Hollis and Milford are also on the roster. They will join a total of 407 teams from across the United States, as well as Canada, Europe and Israel.

“It’s actually really cool. Everybody around the world is one big family,” said Daniel Mondor, a junior from Memorial.

The high-school level FIRST Robotics is being held at America’s Center, the indoor stadium that had been the home of the St. Louis Rams. Corporate giants such as BAE, Boeing, Nokia Bell Labs, Monsanto, Walt Disney Imagineering, Southwest, and Blenden are sponsoring portions of the event.

The Manchester teams arrived in St. Louis early Wednesday.

Members of Mondor’s Memorial Crusader team were in the pit, unpacking and assembling their robot, Two Face. Mondor works on the drive team.

Today, teams will form alliances with other teams and pit their robots against other alliances to accumulate enough points to end up as champions. The competition will be streamed live via www.firstinspires.org.

“I’m feeling very nervous. There’s always those nerves that your robot’s not going to do what you want it to do,” Mondor said.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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