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At statewide championship, robotics is also an art


Team members of Cephalobots, the robotics team at Arts Academy of New Hampshire in Salem, show off Sir Montgomery Etcetera the Fifth, their robot at the FIRST Tech Challenge, a statewide robotics team championship in Concord on Saturday. Their entries in past years have been named Bartholomew and Gertrude the Grabber.

Among 28 robots at the FIRST Tech Challenge New Hampshire State Championship, Sir Montgomery Etcetera the Fifth gleamed like an artful piece of engineering.

Its plastic controller cord towers in the shape of purple octopi were fabricated using 3-D printers. A tiny purple octopus wearing a Viking helmet stood between the robot’s box controllers — just for fun. Paintings of octopi — the high school team’s mascot — graced the cart that carried Sir Montgomery to the starting gate.

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