FIRST Robotics at UNH

The University of New Hampshire District FIRST Robotics Competition Event

Competition: March 6 and 7

Lundholm Gymnasium in the UNH Field House
145 Main St, Durham, NH 03824



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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 Thursday, and Friday - March 6 and 7th - in the Lundholm Gymnasium 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.


Wednesday, March 5 (Day 0)

6 p.m. Load-In begins, pits open, inspections, practice field open**
6:30 p.m. UNH Welcome Reception at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Kingsbury Hall
10 p.m. Pits close

**The load-in area, the Lundholm Gymnasium has limited space, so teams will be lined up in a nearby parking lot (Mast Lot 2) and called to the venue as space becomes available.  More details concerning the load-in process will be published in the near future. Click here for a campus map. The Lundholm Gym is located at F:12.  Mast Rd. Lot 2 is located at C:8.

Thursday, March 6th (Day 1)

7 a.m. Committee and volunteers arrive, volunteer breakfast begins, committee morning meeting
8 a.m. Pits open, on-site volunteer training begins (depends on role)
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Tours of the beautiful UNH campus
10:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies
11 a.m.  Matches begin
1 p.m. Break begins
2 p.m. Matches resume
7 p.m. Matches end
8 p.m. Pits close (2), food for volunteers closes, volunteers, teams, and committee exits

Friday, March 7th (Day 2)

7 a.m. Committee and volunteers arrive, volunteer breakfast begins, committee morning meeting
8 a.m. Pits open
9 a.m. Opening ceremonies
9:30 a.m.  Matches begin
12:30 p.m. Alliance selections
1 p.m. Break begins
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Tours of the beautiful UNH campus
2 p.m. Elimination rounds begin
5 p.m. Elimination rounds end
5 p.m. Awards
6:30 p.m. Load out / pits close, teams exit, disassembly begins



Visitor parking will be available in the West Edge lot on the UNH campus. Parking is free and vistors will have access to the UNH campus shuttle ‘West Edge Express’ for transportation from the parking lot onto campus and back. Campus parking map (pdf)


Outside food is welcome in the venue and concessions will be available for purchase. 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)


Aubuchon Hardware stores within a 5 mile radius.

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More information about this event

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:

Interested in finding out more about robotics at UNH? Check out these links to groups and articles about robot happenings and awards around campus:

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Luna Cats NASA Robot
Luna Cats Award
UNH FSAE Precision Racing Team
SeaPerch Underwater Robotics

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

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