Bot battle: Kettering welcomes back FIRST Robotics competitors this weekend

Bot battle: Kettering welcomes back FIRST Robotics competitors this weekend
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The best bot builders will gather at Kettering University again this weekend, where  Michigan’s top high school robotics teams will square off at the FIRST Robotics Competition. The weekend event is the second of a two-part series leading up to the state finals.

Some liken the event to the ultimate sport of the mind,” a kind of Olympics of sorts for the crazy smart among us.

The competition at “mind games” like the FIRST Robotics Competition is fierce. The events attract crazy smart competitors who vie for the “Top Bot” honors. Photo courtesy of Kettering University

These “mind games” combine the excitement of a sporting event with the rigors of science and technology, according to organizers.

Teams have just six-weeks to gel. In that time, they must create a team brand, raise funds, and assemble and program industrial-size robots from concept to completion.

This year, the programmers and their bots will face off in head-to-head battles involving space-related tasks like loading cargo and placing hatches onto rocket ships in Destination: Deep Space,” a celebratory competition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Several Genesee County area teams are among this year’s compeititors. including the Megatron Oracles (Big MO) Team #314 from Carman-Ainsworth High School; the House of Cards Team #3534 from Davison High School; and the Dragons Team #1243 from Swartz Creek High School.

The participants’ compeition results will be added to their previous week’s performance scores. The team with the highest combined point totals will advance to the state finals and play for a slot in the FIRST Championship held in Detroit on April 20-24.

2019 FIRST Robotics District Competition March 1

More than 40 FIRST Robotics teams filed into Kettering University's Recreation Center for the first week of FIRST District competitions on campus! We can't wait for another competition March 8-9! #omgrobots #destinationdeepspace

Posted by Kettering University on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Editor’s Note:  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by renowned inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. 

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