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!
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.
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.
Concessions will be available for purchase in the venue. Or there are several options available on campus as well as in the downtown area of Durham.
- The Dairy Bar serves soup, salad, sandwiches, ice cream and coffee
- Albert’s Cafe in Kingsbury Hall provides quick grab and go options from coffee to sushi
- The CornerStone 1926 is an upscale, quick service café with contemporary flare in the heart of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics:
- Union Court in the Memorial Union Building offers a variety of quick lunch options:
- Downtown Durham is just a short walk (or drive)
Find lodging options in the Durham/Seacoast area.
Aubuchon Hardware stores within a 5 mile radius.
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