30 teams head to Goffstown High for River Rage
More than 30 teams from New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will converge in Goffstown on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the 17th annual River Rage, the local off-season FIRST Robotics competition.
Forcier, along with Stu Lewin, chairman of the Goffstown/Manchester Team 501 Steering Committee, and Sam Lewin, a Goffstown High School student and Team 501 member, met with the Goffstown School Board recently to request the use of the school’s gym for the competition.
The first off-season competition took place as Rumble on the Rock in Plymouth, Mass. The New Hampshire contest began 16 years ago and took place at Manchester’s Riverfest, but when that event closed the competition moved to Manchester West High School, then to Memorial High School.
The free event opens to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 26, with a ceremony and the first match. About 400 to 500 team members and spectators are expected to attend. The teams will sell food and beverages
“I found out that the technology that the kids learn in programming robots, wiring up the robots and writing the program to make the robots do what they want them to do is the same programs used in new cars. It’s the same computer logic programs,” he said. “This program is current and high tech because of the mentors, advisers, engineers, teachers, book-keepers and advertisers who all bring these skills to the students so they can learn stuff you can’t get in the traditional classroom.”
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