Annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST competition is Sept. 20-21

Sep 16, 2013

Forty-two of Michigan’s top high school robotics teams will be participating in the 14th annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics Competition.

Kettering University will host the 14th annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics Competition Sept. 20-21 in the Connie and Jim John Recreation Center.

FIRST RoboticsForty-two of Michigan’s top high school robotics teams will be participating in the event. Teams begin arriving and checking in on Friday. They’ll be able to begin getting setup for the competition and have an opportunity to tour Kettering University’s state-of-the art labs and facilities. There will be practice matches on Friday evening with tournament action beginning after opening ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

The Kettering Kickoff is popular and fun event for teams, allowing robots built from the past season to be driven by new students preparing for the 2014 season. The event help teams to build skills and camaraderie before the highly competitive season, which begins in January.

“The Kettering Kickoff is always a great event, and this year’s game is really challenging and well-designed,” said Bob Nichols, Kettering University director of alumni engagement and the founder of the Kettering Kickoff event. “The game is called “Ultimate Ascent” where the robots are actually shooting Frisbees!  It’s also a great opportunity for high school students to see our campus and connect with the many FIRST alumni who are now Kettering students.”

Doors open at 7 a.m. on Saturday for this year’s tournament. There will be a special check presentation by the GM Foundation following the opening ceremonies, with matches beginning after. Elimination matches begin at 4 p.m. Saturday and the final awards ceremony is at 6 p.m.

FIRST Robotics in action
FIRST Robotics in action
FIRST Robotics in action
FIRST Robotics in action
FIRST Robotics in action

Here is a list of this year’s teams:

27-Team RUSH
133-Killer Bees
70-More Martians
51-Wings of Fire
68-Truck Town Thunder
123-Team Cosmos
217-The Thunder Chickens
302-Lake Orion Dragons
314-Megatron Oracles
322-Flint Fire
703-Team Phoenix
815-Advanced Power
862-Lightning Robotics
910-The Foley Freeze
1322-G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons
1506-Metal Muscle
1684-The Chimeras
2054-Tech Vikes
2604-Metal and Soul
2612-Waterford Mott Destroyers
2619-The Charge
2832-The Livonia Warriors
2959-CW Tech Robotarians
2960-Automation Nation
3534-House of Cards
3535-Galaktech Invaders
3667-The Mecanum Knights
4382-JCP/Saginaw High Trojans
4810-I AM Robot

FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- is a national effort to inspire youth to explore career possibilities in engineering, science and technology. FIRST robotics pits teams in a head-to-head competition between large radio-controlled robots built by teams of high school students and sponsoring engineers and teachers. Nearly one-third of Michigan high schools now have a FIRST robotics team as a varsity sport. Michigan and California lead in the nation with the number of active teams in their states.For more on the Kettering Kickoff,