Nearly 200 high school students participated in this year’s “Governor’s Cup” FIRST New Hampshire Robotics Competition on Saturday, October 24, as PSU engineered a live virtual production from the Draper and Maynard Makerspace. Individuals and teams from schools throughout New Hampshire and beyond showcased their skills, taking part in workshops, games, and lab tours as they competed for awards and scholarships.
Governor Chris Sununu, inventor Dean Kamen, and PSU President Donald Birx shared inspiring messages to open the event, which was co-hosted by David Price and FIRST alumna Cambria Hobbs ’23.
Seniors on the top three teams received one semester of waived tuition at the University System of New Hampshire or Community College System of New Hampshire institution of their choosing.
FIRST features K–12 programs that allow students to:
- Design, build, and program a robot.
- Connect classroom lessons to real-world application.
- See STEM fields as areas of study and career choices.
- Apply and document the engineering process.
- Get hands-on programming experience.
- Develop problem solving, organizational, and teamwork skills.
- Compete and cooperate in alliances at competitions.
The event was sponsored by Autodesk, BAE Systems, Comcast/NBC Universal, Eversource, FIRST NH, and Plymouth State University.