New England FIRST Robotics Competition Championship,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Culminating an intense month of qualifying events in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, Worcester Polytechnic Institute will host 60 FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the final district event of the NEFIRST season. On Friday, April 9, through Sunday, April 11, the New England District Championship will take place to determine the New England FIRST Champions and the 35 teams that will represent New England at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis at the end of April. This is the second year that the New England District Championship has taken place in Massachusetts and the first year that the event has been held at WPI. The event is free and open to the public.
Teams participating in the New England District Championship have been working intensely since January 3, to design, build, program and test robots to play this year's FRC game, RECYCLE RUSH. The recycling-themed game is played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking shipping totes on scoring platforms on their side of the field, topping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of litter, represented by pool noodles. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization designs programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
With support from three of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $21 million in college scholarships, FIRST hosts the following robotics programs:
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) for Grades 9–12
The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®), also for Grades 7–12
The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4–8
The Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K–3
New England FIRST Robotics Competition Championship website