Plymouth State University to Host Inaugural ‘Governor’s Cup’ FIRST® NH Robotics Competition

 

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, FIRST® New Hampshire, the University System of New Hampshire (USNH), the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), Eversource, BAE Systems and Fidelity have partnered to present ‘The Governor’s Cup’ – an off-season robotics competition for the state’s high school FIRST Robotics Competition teams. Hosted by Plymouth State University (PSU) in its Active Living, Learning, and Wellness (ALLWell) North complex, the event will take place Saturday, October 13, 2018.

In addition to providing the state’s high school robotics teams an opportunity to compete prior to the official FIRST Robotics Competition season, up to 50 high school seniors will have the opportunity to earn one-semester scholarships to New Hampshire’s public institutions, including the University of New Hampshire (Durham and Manchester), Keene State College, Plymouth State University and New Hampshire’s community colleges. In addition, five seniors will be awarded $2,000 scholarships, underwritten in part by Eversource.

“A crucial part of shaping the workforce of the future is ensuring that every child in the Granite State regardless of zip code has an opportunity to pursue a career in the STEM fields,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “As Governor, expanding access to STEM programs for students has been a top priority of mine. Last year we invested nearly $1 million in the innovative Robotics Education Fund. This year we have teamed up with the University System, Community College System, and FIRST to create the Governor’s Cup. The Governor’s Cup is a truly unique opportunity for students from all across our state to further develop their STEM skills in a fun and competitive environment.”

More than 20 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from high schools across the state are expected to participate in this inaugural event. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students – working with professional Mentors – to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

“This is a total home run for Granite State students,” said Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST.  “I applaud Governor Sununu, the Universities, and Community Colleges for their future-forward commitment to the state’s young people. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we inspire young people to engage in STEM. Here in New Hampshire, with our population aging and more of our high school graduates leaving the state, our businesses are challenged to find the skilled workers they need. The Governor’s Cup should stand as a challenge to Governors across the country to prepare and ensure promising and rewarding futures for the next generation of innovators, inventors, and creative problem solvers.”

FIRST POWER UPSM, the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition game, finds teams trapped in an 8-bit video game. Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss: Tipping the scale or alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points; exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a timed temporary advantage during the match; and climbing the scale tower to face the boss. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match, which includes autonomous and teleoperated periods, defeats the boss and wins the game.

“We are thrilled to host The Governor’s Cup at Plymouth State University, and look forward to welcoming students, mentors, teachers and parents from throughout the state to campus,” said Plymouth State University President Donald L. Birx, Ph.D. “As a university, we value the FIRST Robotics mission to inspire students to collaborate, innovate and acquire skills to help them become leaders. As an engineer, I am excited to see how the students tackle the challenges of the competition – it will be a fun event!”
To be eligible for the scholarships, seniors must have participated in the 2017-2018 FIRST Robotics Competition season, and must be participating in the 2018-2019 season, including The Governor’s Cup competition. The scholarships will be awarded to seniors on the three teams of the winning alliance and will be equal to one semester of free tuition at any of New Hampshire’s public colleges, universities and community colleges. The additional $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to five participating seniors who are nominated by their coaches and mentors for embodying the values and spirit of FIRST.

“Supporting workforce development efforts that will help power our economy and enrich our communities for years to come is one of the many ways that Eversource is working to power the possible for New Hampshire,” said Eversource New Hampshire President Bill Quinlan. “FIRST Robotics is a fun and exciting way to engage our next generation of workers in developing critical teamwork and STEM skills, and we’re proud to join this partnership to help empower these students in becoming future leaders of our state.”

The Governor’s Cup FIRST Robotics Competition will take place Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Plymouth State University’s ALLWell North Complex. The public is invited to attend. Parking and entrance to the event are free of charge. For more information about The Governor’s Cup, visit www.firstnh.org/governors-cup. For information about ALLWell North at PSU, visit www.plymouth.edu/allwell/north/.

About Plymouth State University: Established in 1871, Plymouth State University serves the state of New Hampshire and the world beyond by transforming our students through advanced practices where engaged learning produces well-educated undergraduates and by providing graduate education that deepens and advances knowledge and enhances professional development.  With distinction, we connect with community and business partners for economic development, technological advances, healthier living, and cultural enrichment with a special commitment of service to the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire. To learn more about Plymouth State University, visit www.plymouth.edu.
About FIRST NH: Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to help young people build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating them to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering around the world. FIRST NH is New Hampshire’s local organization, and is dedicated to bringing FIRST programs to all students in the state. FIRST NH strives to make NH the first state in the nation where FIRST is available in every elementary, middle and high school. For more information about FIRST NH, visit firstnh.org


About Eversource: Eversource (NYSE: ES) is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,300 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the top contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. For more information, please visit our website (www.eversource.com)

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