“We still have a lot to do,” said Beaton, adding he was not surprised at the number of students who have committed to the project. “It’s right up their alley.”
The philosophy of the FIRST Program, founded by entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, is to increase students’ interest in science and technology. A not-for-profit public charity based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST provides high school and college students an opportunity to participate in real-world, time-sensitive technical challenges that mimic situations which occur in the typical engineering environment. More than 4,900 teams have been formed around the world since the program’s first games in 1992.
Making the robot work
Sponsored by NASA, which donated $6,000 to the project
$1,000 donated by BAE Systems in Nashua and the same amount from Raytheon Company
Whittier students meet daily after school and on Saturdays to fine tune it