Hundreds gather at Connecticut robotics competition

Posted by John Mathewson on March 31, 2015

This past weekend, hundreds of high school students from all across Connecticut gathered at Hartford Public High School, in the last district qualifying match for the New England Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology district championship competition.

The championship will be held sometime this April in Worcester, Massachusetts. Most of the nearly 40 teams who were competing this past weekend were residents of Connecticut, but there were several teams who traveled from other parts of New England, including Massachusetts and Vermont.

All the teams who competed found out in January what the game at the competition would be, as well as what tasks their robots would have to compete in order to win. Students, mentors and team coaches had six weeks to design and create a robot that could stack a recycling container on top of boxes and then launch pool noodles into those recycling containers.

To qualify to compete at the championship in April, a team had to win at least two or 10 district qualifying matches. For the teams who win in Worcester this April, they will move onto FIRST Robotics Competition championship in St. Louis, which will be held during the last week of April.

At the height of the season there is little rest for the robotics teams, according to a volunteer from FIRST Robotics, which sponsors these competitions. Students are always looking for ways to improve upon their designs, as well as fundraising for the next year and mentoring future teams that are still in elementary or middle school.

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