More than 10 middle and high school teams from Michigan will travel to Iowa later this month to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge regional robotics competition.
Teams from Kalamazoo, Allendale, Temperance, Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, Wixom, Canton, Grand Rapids, Lapeer, Marysville, and Novi will compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge are responsible for designing, building, and programming robots to compete against other teams.
Detroit-based DTE Energy is co-sponsoring the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s challenge, and providing materials, robot doctors, and volunteers.
“STEM initiatives such as the FIRST Tech Challenge are critical to the development of a well-skilled and diverse local work force,” says Shawn Patterson, a spokesman for DTE Energy. “The DTE Energy Foundation is pleased to partner with the Center for Energy Workforce to encourage our young people to pursue the type of rewarding, well-paying jobs that will drive Michigan’s economic progress.”
The regional competition takes place from March 26-28 in Des Moines and the nationals is held in St. Louis, Mo. from April 22-25.
Schools Sending Teams to the Regional Competition Include:
Kalamazoo County 4-H
Allendale Middle School
Bedford Junior High School of Temperance
Bloomfield Hills Middle School
Code Red Robotics of Grandville
Community Middle School of Wixom
East Middle School of Canton
Enigna Robotics of Grand Rapids
Goodrich Area Schools
Lapeer Rolland Warner Middle School
Lapeer Zemmer Middle Schools
Marysville Middle School
Novi Middle School