Why couldn’n this be done in Tennessee?
Governor Sununu, Dean Kamen announce NH based robotics competition
Winners could get a free semester of college
DURHAM, N.H. —Gov. Chris Sununu and inventor Dean Kamen announced a new robotics competition Saturday.
The Governor’s Cup Challenge will be a competition exclusively for New Hampshire kids competing for a semester of college paid for by the state.
Robotics competitions have become more popular nationwide and in New Hampshire thanks in part to a $375,000 state grant in 2017.
“This year alone, 144 new FIRST teams out of New Hampshire, which is 25 percent of the schools here,” Kamen said.
More than 40 teams from the region were competing at the University of New Hampshire Saturday for a chance to move on to the next round of competition.
That’s where Kamen and Sununu chose to announce the new competition.
The Governor’s Cup Challenge will happen in the fall. And seniors on winning teams will be eligible for a semester of free tuition at a New Hampshire state university or community college.
“If there’s anything that could show commitment to FIRST and show that, like other sports, it leads to, among other things, scholarships, this is it,” Kamen said.
“We are just so proud to be able to live up to the obligation of supporting FIRST and in turn, supporting the schools, supporting the kids, opening opportunities that a lot of these kids never even thought possible for them,” Sununu said.
And for students, the skills they learn now are building the foundation for successful careers.
“I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and robotics showed me what I wanted to do with my life,” said Tim Guier, a senior at Prospect Mountain High School. “It gave me my passion.”
“It helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my future. I plan on doing something in the automotive and this has just helped that out a lot,” said David Kelley, a Prospect Mountain junior.