FIRST Robotics Teams Con­verge for Off-​​season Event

On Sat­urday May 19th, Matthews Arena will be the site of the fourth annual Bean­town Blitz, North­eastern University’s off-​​season FIRST Robotics Com­pe­ti­tion (FRC) show­down. More than 36 teams from across New Eng­land will battle for dom­i­nance in the day-​​long com­pe­ti­tion. Northeastern’s FIRST Robotics team, #125, the Nutrons, com­prised of local high-​​school stu­dents and sev­eral North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dent men­tors, will be in atten­dance, hoping to repli­cate its ear­lier suc­cess this year when it won the Boston Regional Competition.

We’re thrilled to be hosting the Bean­town Blitz for the fourth year in a row at North­eastern,” said Don Goldth­waite, Assis­tant Aca­d­emic Spe­cialist and FIRST Robotics Fac­ulty Coor­di­nator. “These com­pe­ti­tions present a unique oppor­tu­nity to unlock the pas­sion that high-​​school stu­dents have for problem-​​solving, working as a team and achieving suc­cess. Win or lose, this will be a great day to remember for all of the teams involved.”

FIRST Robotics Com­pe­ti­tion is a unique sport of the mind designed to help high-​​school-​​aged young people dis­cover how inter­esting and rewarding the life of engi­neers and researchers can be. The FIRST Robotics Com­pe­ti­tion chal­lenges teams of young people and their men­tors to solve a common problem in a six-​​week time­frame using a stan­dard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots and enter them in a series of com­pe­ti­tions designed by FIRST founder Dean Kamen and a com­mittee of engi­neers and other professionals.

Teams con­sist of 10 to 20 high-​​school-​​aged young people and a handful of engineers-​​mentors. The stu­dents pilot the robots on the field. Each school year, teams are formed in the fall in prepa­ra­tion for the 6 week design and build season which begins in Jan­uary. Regional com­pe­ti­tions take place throughout the month of March and the offi­cial season cul­mi­nates with the Cham­pi­onships in April.

For a full schedule of the Bean­town Blitz, please visit: http://​www​.nutrons​.neu​.edu/​b​t​b​/​s​c​h​e​d​ule.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Laura Shea at 617–373-5427 or l.​shea@​neu.​edu.

About the NUTRONS:

The Nutrons were founded in 1998 by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity freshman engi­neering stu­dent Joe Canavan. Since then, col­lege stu­dents have been the dri­ving force of the team and have men­tored numerous high-​​school stu­dents from around the area. The Nutrons were the national cham­pions in 2001.

About FIRST:

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and par­tic­i­pa­tion in sci­ence and tech­nology. Based in Man­chester, NH, the 501 © (3) not-​​for-​​profit public charity designs acces­sible, inno­v­a­tive pro­grams that moti­vate young people to pursue edu­ca­tion and career oppor­tu­ni­ties in sci­ence, tech­nology, engi­neering, and math, while building self-​​confidence, knowl­edge, and life skills.

About North­eastern University:

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.