The Manchester Memorial High School FIRST Robotics team brought home its first-ever champion banner after competing in the North Carolina District contest last weekend. Memorial’s Cruisin’ Crusaders topped 23 other teams from North Carolina and Virginia in the two-day event March 19-20.
Under strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, student teams were challenged to build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game. At the University of North Carolina Asheville, the game was Stonghold, during which teams used their robots to weaken, attack, and capture the other team's tower.
During several rounds of competition, the Cruisin’ Crusaders finished day one in second place, fell to third during play on day two, but advanced into the quarter- and semi-final rounds before capturing the title.
Memorial High School, with the help of FIRST Robotics, hosted an assembly to celebrate the Cruisin’ Crusaders’ victory.