Hollis robotics team

The Force Team of Hollis placed third at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit, Mich.

A local robotics team placed third at the recent world championship in Detroit, Mich.

The Force Team also won the Curie Division, which was one of six divisions.

“For the Hollis team to do so well among 400 plus teams, and to be part of that top group to finish third overall, it was extraordinary,” said Ken St. Hilaire, who works for FIRST Robotics in New Hampshire.

“I have been involved with the (Hollis) team for about nine years as a mentor,” he said. “With our Hollis 1073 team finishing third in the world, that was pretty special.”

New Hampshire had 12 teams competing at the world championship, eight of which were high school teams.

Four New Hampshire teams qualified for the finals in their division: The Force Team; Big Bad Bob from Prospect Mountain High School in Alton; Team Inconceivable! from the Monadnock 4-H Robotics Club based in Peterborough; and Mechanical Mayhem, a community team based in Milford.

“Not only did New Hampshire teams have an amazing showing, we had some top individuals at the World Championships,” St. Hilaire said in a release.

Cambria Hobbs of Peterborough was selected to sing the National Anthem twice during opening ceremonies, and Cameron Hallett of Hollis was one of 10 students worldwide who was presented with the Dean’s List Award in recognition of Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST.

The award recognizes students for leadership within their team and community, the release says.

The Force Team has 50 members from Hollis-Brookline High School. The team won the competition in Worcester, Mass., to qualify for the world championship in Detroit.