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Congratulations to all US First Competitors at the BAE Granite State Regional!

What a great and exciting weekend we had at the BAE Granite State Regional US First Robotics competition.  The 50 teams competing along with cheering crowds, and hundreds of players, coaches, and refs running onto the field and even a live play-by-play made for a great weekend. It does my heart good to know that it will be kids like these that will be advancing technology in the United States within the next 5-10 years.

This year’s game, called “Rebound Rumble”, will pit co-operative alliances of competitors against other alliances in a multi-faceted game of basketball and balance. I am proud to announce that the alliance of Team 131, CHAOS from Manchester Central High School from Manchester, NH, Team 58 from South Portland High School in South Portland, ME and Team 1831 from Gilford High School in Gilford, NH were the Champions of this event who earned a berth at World Championships in St. Louis in April.  Second Place went to the alliance of Team 1519, Mechanical Mayhem Milford Area Homeschoolers from Milford, NH, Team 885, the Green Team  from the Sharon Academy in Randolph, VT and Team 2791 from Shaker High School in Latham, NY. Congratulations to all these teams.

The top winner of the weekend was Team 1058 of Londonderry High School in Londonderry, NH who won the Regional Chairman’s Award and will go on to compete at World Championships for the National Chairmans Award.

After seeing how the fields of science and technology were beginning to dwindle here in the US, yet sports were encouraged and celebrated by almost everyone throughout society, Dean Kamen founded FIRST to help inspire our youth’s participation in what may be the most important fields within our country.  Since its inception 21 years ago, Graduates of this program are already influencing industry and even R&D in the United States.

Thank you to our sponsors the US Army and NH Precision Metals.

Additionally there were many other accolades awarded to these fantastic teams for their hard work, ingenuity and sportsmanship.  Congratulations to all.

 

Award Team Team Name Person Home Town
Volunteer of the Year 1519  NASA / PTC / BAE Systems / Rockwell Automation & Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds  Ken Bell  Milford, NH, USA
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 2791  jcpenney/Sneeringer, Redgrave, Monohan, Provost Title Agency/PVA/Douglas Industrial/Anderson Power Products/O’Malley Law Firm & Shaker High School  Latham, NY, USA
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 2342  Daniel Webster College/BAE SYSTEMS/Greater Nashua FIRST Robotics, Inc. & Greater Nashua Area High Schools  Merrimack, NH, USA
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola 3467  NASA/BAE Systems/jcpenney & Windham High School  Windham, NH, USA
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 319  BAE SYSTEMS / JOBEAN Technical Solutions / Liberty Machine & Prospect Mountain High School  Alton, NH, USA
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 58  Fairchild Semiconductor & South Portland High School  South Portland, ME, USA
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 133  TEM Inc./Fairchild Semiconductor & Bonny Eagle High School  Standish, ME, USA
Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler 1519  NASA / PTC / BAE Systems / Rockwell Automation & Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds  Milford, NH, USA
Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by Delphi 811  BAE SYSTEMS/FireLink, LLC/Raytheon IDS/L-3 Communications & Bishop Guertin High School  Nashua, NH, USA
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 1547  General Motors of Canada / Bank of Montreal & Trafalgar Castle School  Whitby, ON, Canada
Rookie Inspiration Award 4034  jcpenney/Flir/Pelham Plastics & Pelham High School  Pelham, NH, USA
Rookie All Star Award 4403  MET MEX PEÑOLES, S.A. DE C.V. & Tec de Monterrey Campus Laguna  Torreon, CU, Mexico
Judges’ Award 501  BURNDY/Dynamic Network Services & Manchester High School WEST  Manchester, NH, USA
Highest Rookie Seed 4403  MET MEX PEÑOLES, S.A. DE C.V. & Tec de Monterrey Campus Laguna  Torreon, CU, Mexico
Website Award 501  BURNDY/Dynamic Network Services & Manchester High School WEST  Manchester, NH, USA
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 20  General Electric Volunteers/Global Foundries-Town of Malta Foundation/BAE SYSTEMS/TCT Federal Credit Union/Advanced Manufacturing Techniques Inc./Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & Shenendehowa High School  Clifton Park, NY, USA
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award 58  Fairchild Semiconductor & South Portland High School  Ralph Newell  South Portland, ME, USA
Coopertition Award 4403  MET MEX PEÑOLES, S.A. DE C.V. & Tec de Monterrey Campus Laguna  Torreon, CU, Mexico
Engineering Inspiration Award 126  Nypro Inc./PTC & Clinton High School  Clinton, MA, USA
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award #2 1519  NASA / PTC / BAE Systems / Rockwell Automation & Milford Area Youth Homeschoolers Enriching Minds  Amelia Jennings  Milford, NH, USA
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award #1 1058  BAE Systems/Parker Pneutronics/Fleet Ready Corp./jcpenney & Londonderry High School Tristan Evarts  Londonderry, NH, USA

 

Come On Down or Listen In As We Broadcast From The US FIRST Robotics Granite State Regional

A robot participates in the 2008 FIRST Robotic...

2008 Competition

You might think that robotics are geeky and boring — and you’d be wrong when it comes to the US First Robotics competition this weekend.  If you’ve ever been to the “Super Bowl” you might have some idea of just how exciting this weekend will be. There will be teams competing along with cheering crowds, there will be hundreds of players, coaches, and refs running onto the field and even a live play-by-play. But this isn’t your average sporting event.

This is the #1 event on the calendar for thousands of youth from high schools around the United States. This weekend, Manchester New Hampshire is hosting the area’s regional FIRST competition at the Verizon Wireless Arena. More than 45 teams comprised of hundreds of high school-aged students will be competing for a two-dozen prizes by entering their self-designed and built robots into a two-part competition.

This year’s game, called “Rebound Rumble”, will pit co-operative alliances of competitors against other alliances in a multi-faceted game of basketball and balance. More details can be found on the games website.

After seeing how the fields of science and technology were beginning to dwindle here in the US, yet sports were encouraged and celebrated by almost everyone throughout society, Dean Kamen founded FIRST to help inspire our youth’s participation in what may be the most important fields within our country.

This weekend I will be broadcasting live from the event, interviewing participants, organizers, coaches, sponsors and even doing live play-by-plays. Coverage of this event was made possible by the US Army and NH Precision Metals.  Please encourage your friends and families to listen on-the-air or on-line. The event will be covered as an over the air broadcast or on the Internet at http://wgiram.com and on WQSO 96.7 11 am to 2 pm.   The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

I hope to see you there!

First Robotics Competition Videos

Manchester, New Hampshire
We finally found the site where they’ve been hiding the videos that were taken at the FIRST competition.  Visit the Blue Alliance Web Site , where you’ll find archives of lots of games, including the Manchester, NH Regionals from February 28th at this link .

Overall, we had a great time at the event!  Thanks to all the people who visited us at the event and for your comments regarding our live broadcast.  We’re always looking for ways to improve things for next year!

If you have any comments about our coverage, send me a note via craig at craigpeterson.com and let me know what you think!