WINTHROP — Winthrop High School Rambler Robotics competed March 5 and 6 at the Granite State event in Windham, New Hampshire. The students experienced the gracious professionalism USFirst is known for and came away excited for the Pine Tree event set for April, according to a news release from the school.

The robot had some mechanical troubles, the tank treads broke during one match. Another team familiar with treads came over and worked with the students to help them repair and improve the robot. Other teams also loaned the team parts for changes that were being made on the robot to be able to continue in the competition. ‘

While the robot did not enter the final competition rounds, the team scored high enough to be one of the alternate robots.

WHiRR will compete in at the Pine Tree Competition April 8 and 9 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Admission is free.

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Sponsors: USFirst, Robotics Institute of Maine, and Maine Society of Professional Engineers, Alternative Manufacturing, Inc, American Legion Auxiliary Post 40, American Legion Riders, Audette’s Ace Hardware, John Blouin – Brookewood Realty, Dave’s Appliance, Easterbrooks Software, Family of Edna & Joe Jordan, Fire

Tech & Safety, Full Court Deli, Homestead Realty, Karen Johnson CPA, Key Bank, Kennebec Savings Bank, Mid-Maine Generator Sales & Service, M.T. Bottle Co., Pete’s Roast Beef, Plourde Electric and Winthrop Fuel.

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