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FlowTraq Sponsors FIRST Robotics Team 238,

Gurdev Sethi
By | February 24, 2014

Team completes working robot after six week build cycle.  Now awaiting first competition March 13-14 2014 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

February 24, 2014  Manchester NH

FIRST Team 238 sponsored by FlowTraq watches at Week Zero Event Feb 15 2014

FIRST Team 238 Students and Mentors Watch Their Robot during Week Zero Exhbition

Manchester Memorial High School FIRST Robotics Team 238, sponsored by FlowTraq, worked for six weeks to design and build a working robot.  Along with more than 20 local schools, they tested their robot, henceforth known as “Hercules” at an exhibition match on February 15.

The mission is to build a robot that can compete in an alliance with two other robots. The object is to score points by making goals and passing the ball to teammates.  The competition is played on a surface roughly the size of a basketball court.

During the Feburay 15th exhibition practice session, the team discovered issues with the throwing mechanism arm, but replaced solenoid switches and made successful adjustments before day’s end.

FIRST tournament rules specify that the modifications to the robot must be completed by February 18th. Hercules was “bagged and tagged” for the first regional competition on March 13-14 at WPI.

FIRST Team 238 robot at Week Zero Event Feb 15 2014

FIRST Team 238 built this robot designed to score goals, block and pass.

Work was completed by the students on software, wiring, pneumatics and mechanical components, while the business team focused onfundraising, sponsors, marketing, banners & signage.

See photos and other updates at the team Facebook site.

– Larry Nuttall

Aerial Assist Mission  “Like 3-on-3 Football Played by Robots”

February 10, 2014. Manchester New Hampshire USA

FIRST Robotics Team 238 from Manchester NH USA Memorial High School

Software and Business teams at work

Software and Business teams at work

Manchester NH Memorial High School








FlowTraq is now sponsoring the Manchester (New Hampshire) Memorial High School FIRST Robotics Team 238.   During the upcoming weeks, the team is building and testing its robot for scheduled Regional FIRST competitions.

I was recently introduced to the Manchester Memorial HS team, comprised of students and their adult mentor volunteers, during the team’s recent sponsor night.  Although I’ve known about FIRST for many years, I honestly didn’t realize how challenging and sophisticated the mission and machines are until now.  The FIRST program was founded in Manchester New Hampshire by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen in 1989 to engage students in science and technology.

Under strict tournament competition guidelines, the teams are constrained by budget, technical specifications, safety and aggressive schedule deadlines.

Robot base including pneumatics, electronics is taking shape

Robot base including pneumatics, electronics is taking shape


Manchester Memorial Team 238 has about 20 members.  Sub-teams focus on different areas of the challenge:  Software, Wiring, Pneumatics, Mechanical, and Business.

This year the goal is to build a robot capable of playing a team game called Aerial Assist (watch the official FIRST video for an animated explanation).  It’s kind of like a 3-on-3 football game played by remote control robots.

Here are some links associated with the Manchester Memorial FIRST Robotics team as we follow them during their 2014 season.

Facebook – MMHS FIRST Robotics Team 238 Cruisin’ Crusaders

YouTube – FIRST Robotics video about the 2014 Aerial Assist Mission

FRC “Aerial Assist” Week Zero Event at Merrimack High School, 38 Mc Elwain Street, Merrimack NH, February 15, 2014 from 7:30AM to 5:00PM

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