Locals form robotics club for kindergarten through high school age students in area


A robotics program coming to the Manchester area for kids from kindergarten to high school.

The programs are being formed now and anyone interested in getting involved should contact the Manchester Community Library to get more information.

The plan is for students to enter statewide robotics contests this year.

The teams will follow the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology program. Created by the nonprofit New Hampshire-based FIRST organization, which was co-founded in 1989 by accomplished inventor/entrepreneur Dean Kamen and legendary MIT engineering professor Woody Flowers.

FIRST programs build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.

With support from more than 200 Fortune 500 companies and more than $80 million in college scholarships, the organization hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12, FIRST Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12, FIRST LEGO League for Grades 4-8, and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for Grades K-4.

Each of the FIRST program levels follows the motto of "gracious professionalism," which means doing things in a way that encourage high-quality work while emphasizing the value of others and respect individuals and the community.

The program is also seeking businesses or donors who are interested in supporting Manchester-area kids develop STEM skills. If interested, contact the library about making a donation to help cover start-up costs to establish teams.



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