Feb 272013

After a fast-paced build season, the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Robotics Team, The Robotomies, are heading to Manchester, NH, to compete in the Granite State Regional FIRST Robotics Competition Friday and Saturday.

Twenty-four students and ten mentors from Groton have spent the past six weeks designing and building a robot to master this year’s challenge: A game that involves climbing a pyramid and shooting Frisbees into slots of varying heights. In the competition, The Robotomies will match their robot’s skills against the talents of almost 50 teams from all over New England, across the country, and Canada.

FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an organization founded by New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen to encourage students to develop interests in science and technology. FIRST sponsors international robotics competitions, dispensing new challenges yearly for which students must build robots that follow specific engineering specifications. Teams that succeed may form alliances and move ahead in the standings over the course of three days.

The competition is free and open to the public in the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena. Updates will be posted on the team’s web site at http://www.team1277.org. The Robotomies would like to thank their sponsors: National Defense Education Program; Society for Military Engineers; Raytheon; and the Ted and Connie Lapres Fund at the Community for North Central Massachusetts Foundation.