University of New Hampshire – March 24th-26th: High School students competed this weekend in FIRST robotic events around the world. Four Vermont teams traveled to the University of New Hampshire to participate in this highest level of robotics competition. The iBots from Rutland, VT who have been competing since 2008, is currently comprised of seventeen students from schools throughout the region. They were joined by The Green Team from Randolph, Tech Storm from St. Johnsbury, and the Grasshoppers from White River Junction.
For most of the three day UNH event the iBots held first. In the last few close matches, the iBots were overtaken in points and ended up as the second seed out of 40 teams. During the playoffs they made the finals in an alliance with the Grasshoppers and the Robo-Rebels. In the quarterfinals they narrowly defeated The Green Team and their alliance partners Team Pheonix and the Dirty Birds. The iBots, Grasshoppers and Robo-Rebels proceeded to sweep the semifinals but were brought down in the finals,finishing second in the UNH event..
The iBots also made it to the playoffs in a previous event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute two weeks ago, and ended up as semi-finalists. Thanks to strong showing at both competitions they are preparing for the district championship in Hartford, Connecticut in the coming weeks, and possibly playing at the FIRST World Championships at the Metrodome in St. Louis in front of 40,000 students from 39 countries.
The iBots would like to thank their generous sponsors who have made this all possible: Aldermans, GE Aviation Volunteers, Timco Jewelers, VELCO, Green Mountain Power, OMYA, Happy Valley Painters, and the Rutland Regional Medical Center. The team is currently fundraising to be able to attend the upcoming events.
For more information or to help support the team in its efforts to reach the world championships, please contact Dan Roswell at firstname.lastname@example.org.