FIRST Rebound Rumble

Jan 9, 2012

This season's game for the FIRST Robotics Competition is Rebound Rumble, a challenge that uses four basketball hoops and three balancing bridges. Kettering helped kick off the new season by hosting an international broadcast Jan. 7.


Nancy Zagone helped Clint Bolinger of the Enginerds of Grand Blanc assemble the team's robot kit of parts.Kettering University in Flint was one of 74 host sites worldwide during the official opening of the 2012 FIRST Robotics competition season on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Kettering also hosted 34 of Michigan’s best high school robotics teams during the opening ceremonies in McKinnon Theater.  Bob Nichols, director of External Relations, served as host for the day’s activities.

Around 400 local participants came to campus to kick off the new season. Teams included:

  • Carman-Ainsworth’s Big Mo,
  • Flint FIRE,
  • Grand Blanc Enginerds,
  • Goodrich’s Martians,
  • Kettering’s Metal Muscle,
  • Lapeer’s Chimeras,
  • Swartz Creek’s Dragons,
  • Team Phoenix from Saginaw and
  • The Charge of Midland.

Teams from Auburn Hills, Oxford, Port Huron, Pontiac and other Michigan cities also attended to watch an international broadcast on NASA-TV that introduced the new season’s game rules and contest.

Following the international broadcast, teams received their 2012 “robot kit of parts” and now have six weeks to design and build robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

This season’s game is called Rebound Rumble, which will be played on a court 27 feet wide by 54 feet long.  Four basketball scoring hoops, positioned at different heights, and three balancing bridges for robots are among the new game’s challenges.  Robots will launch compact foam basketballs at the four hoops, as one way to achieve points.

Kettering sophomore Rick Pease caught up with his sister Emily, a high school junior with plans to attend Kettering. She was at the event with her FIRST team.Many of the visiting teams will return to Kettering on March 2-3 for the Kettering District Competition, where teams will be able to qualify for state and national honors.

FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is an international effort to show youth the fun and career possibilities in engineering and technical fields.  There are nearly 60,000 high school participants around the world.

For more on this year's national competition, visit FIRST.