Michigan Students to Compete in Regional Robotics Competition


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