2015 District FIRST Robotics Competition Event
Hosted by the University of New Hampshire
WHEN: March 21 & 22, 2015
WHERE: Whittemore Center Arena, 128 Main St, Durham, NH
Welcome to the FRC!
Read a welcome letter from UNH President Huddleston
The varsity Sport for the MindT™, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Teams are made up of students in grades 9 – 12.
This year the University of New Hampshire and FIRST are joining forces to host a two-day head to head qualifying competition. College of Engineering and Physical Sciences faculty, WildCat robotics teams, and UNH staff, business and community partners will be providing their mentorship and skills to this event which supports the importance of hands-on STEM in the curriculum and pre-engineering and technology programming in secondary education. We have almost 40 teams participating from around New England, so far representing New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. That’s close to 2,000 team members, their coaches, mentors, families and friends. Join us on Saturday and Sunday - March 21st and 22nd - in the Whittemore Center Arena for this fast paced and exciting event. Come cheer on your hometown school or learn more about robotics at UNH and FIRST programming throughout New England and the United States. This event is free and open to the public.
Students can also partake in Recycle Rush, a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each.
See the schedule of events
Visitor parking will be available in A Lot on the UNH campus. Parking is free for visitors. Visit the campus parking map (pdf) for more information.
The Whittemore Center Arena is located on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, New Hampshire at 128 Main Street.
Click here for directions to the campus.
Food Options/Ordering Instructions
The Whittemore Center Arena concessions will be open for business. Teams have the option to pre-order boxed lunches or pizzas or purchase items off of the general concessions menu. With the exception of small snacks (i.e. granola bars), outside food is not permitted in the arena. Food is allowed to be consumed within the concourse and the stands of the arena but food will not be allowed in the Pit area. Click here to pre-order boxed lunches or pizzas or to view the concessions menu.
In addition to on-site concessions, there will be local UNH Dining spots open and restaurants in the downtown Durham area. The Dairy Bar is conveniently located next to the Whittemore Center Arena and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Holloway Commons Dining Hall will offer a special $9 Guest Fee with the mention of the FIRST competition from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Find lodging options in the Durham/Seacoast area.
We love visitors at our events, but we also want them to be safe! Please remind your families, school administrators, politicians and anyone else attending the event that they must wear closed-toe shoes and closed-back shoes as well as safety glasses when visiting the pits. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Inform them that "robots have the right of way" in our pits – and to be aware of their surroundings. If you have a special VIP guest attending the event, please let us know in advance so that we can add them to our invited guest list. This would include school superintendents, mayors and local media.
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In case of an emergency, please locate the nearest event volunteer for assistance. Medically trained personnel will be available throughout the competition.
Click here for a list of LOCAL HOSPITALS and PHARMACIES
In case of inclement weather, notification about the event will be on the NE FIRST website homepage, nefirst.org.
UNH also plays host to the annual Seacoast FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament, which give kids in grades 4 – 8 hands on experience programming a Lego Mindstorm Robot to complete series of tasks. For more information, and to find out about next years event please visit: http://seacoastfll.org/
Interested in finding out more about robotics at UNH? Check out these links to groups and articles about robot happenings and awards around campus:
To volunteer for the event please contact:
Nicole R. MacMillan
Career Development & Internship Counselor
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
University of New Hampshire
Tel.: (603) 862-0997