CRREL  Sponsors Area  Robotics Teams

Manchester — The U.S. Army’s Engineer Research and Development Center, Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory helped sponsor four area high school teams that competed at the recent BAE Systems Granite State Regional First Robotics Competition in Manchester.

Teams based out of Lebanon, Claremont, Randolph Center and Sutton, N.H., all participated in the annual event, held this year at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. They joined some 60,000 high school students from more than 10 countries. The international competition culminates in April with a championship event in St. Louis, Mo.

The First Robotics Competition (“First” stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”) is designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Hanover-based ERDC-CRREL contributes as part of the Army’s education outreach program through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative.

“Our teams are so creative and have so much energy,” Charlene Brown, First coordinator for ERDC-CRREL, said in a news release. “They collaborate with not only each other, but also with other teams — all crucial characteristics as they move from the student world to the world of what we hope will become ‘R and D.’ ”

— Staff report