A group of high school students determined to increase public interest in science, and to show off just how awesome robots are, is bringing a huge robotics event, called “RoboExpo,” to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua. The PVC Pirates, a FIRST Robotics Competition team from Londonderry High School, first held the RoboExpo to promote technology to the general public. They are teaming up with the Pheasant Lane Mall to bring the second annual RoboExpo to anyone, children of all ages especially, on Saturday, August 18, from 10 AM until 5 PM.
FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a nonprofit organization providing science programs for youth around the globe from elementary students (Junior FIRST LEGO League) to middle-schoolers (FIRST Lego League) and high-schoolers (FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge).
The PVC Pirates were founded in 2003 as the Londonderry Dragoons. Through the years the team has received various accolades including winners of the 2003 Rookie All-Star Award and 2010 Champions at the BAE Systems Granite State Regional. However, their greatest achievement came this past year as they won the Chairman’s Award, the highest award a FIRST team can receive, at the BAE Systems Granite State Regional for their efforts in spreading the message of FIRST.
In addition to the Pirates, other FRC, FTC, and FLL teams will be present. FRC teams include CHAOS from Manchester Central High School, the Windham Windup from Windham High School, and Oz-Ram from Hopkinton High School/John Stark Regional High School. Finding Blue Moose, an FTC team from Foster, RI, and The Inventioneers, an FLL team from Londonderry, NH, will also be demonstrating their robots.
For more information about the RoboExpo, contact PVC Pirates team captain, Brandon Zalinsky, at clutch1058(at)gmail.com. To learn more about FIRST programs, check out the FIRST website.