More than 30 teams made up of 750 high school students from across New England will compete in this year’s game “Stronghold℠” challenging their STEM and teamwork skills. The FIRST Robotics Competition is the culmination and celebration of a six-week period in which the students and engineering mentors designed, built, and tested a custom designed robot.
This weekend alliances of three robots are on a “Quest” to weaken, breach, and capture the tower of their opponents. The student teams will operate their robots to defend their castles, retrieve boulders, defeat defenses, and capture and scale the competition’s towers.
Teams will begin competition Saturday, March 19 at UMass Dartmouth's Tripp Athletic Center. The competition continues into Sunday, March 20 at the Tripp. Opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. onSaturday.
UMass Dartmouth is one of 10 qualifying district events within the New England FIRST Region. Of the 30 teams fourteen are from Massachusetts, five are from Rhode Island, ten are from Connecticut, and one is from Vermont. UMass Dartmouth’s College of Engineering and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island have recruited a team of high school students from southeastern Massachusetts to form a new FIRST robotics team that will compete in the FIRST competition.
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