Plymouth State’s reputation as a high-tech hub is growing among the state’s secondary schools, due to the University’s sponsorship and hosting of the annual Governor’s Cup FIRST Robotics Competition. Hundreds of high school robotics enthusiasts and their families have competed in fall competitions held over the last two years in the University’s Bank of New Hampshire Field House.
The events have been co-sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), founded by noted inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, and by Governor Chris Sununu, as part of his mission to build New Hampshire’s workforce for the future. Eversource energy company was lead sponsor.
This fall’s competition featured a “Deep Space” scenario with 26 robotics teams from across the state deploying their robots and facing obstacles in their quest to score points.
High school seniors on the winning alliance teams received a one-semester tuition waiver to any of the institutions of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Seven high school seniors also earned $2,000 individual scholarships to attend any USNH or CCSNH institution. BAE Systems, Eversource, and Fidelity Investments served as scholarship sponsors.
■ Peter Lee Miller