Robots roll on Sept. 23

Aug 25, 2006

The 2006 Kettering Kickoff high school robotics competition will open up the new FIRST season with teams from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and New York.

The 2006 Kettering Kickoff robotics competition, which will feature robots built by high school students and their engineering mentors, will roll into Kettering's Recreation Center on Saturday, Sept. 23. The all-day event is free and open to the public!

"The Kettering Kickoff continues to get better and better every year," said Bob Nichols, vice president for Enrollment Management and founder of the Kettering Kickoff. "We'll have more than 30 teams this year and will attract some of the state's most sought-after talent in math and the sciences.

"Our team roster includes four out-of-state teams, two from Indiana and one each from Ohio and New York," Nichols said. "I'd like to encourage everyone to stop by and see our event on Sept. 23."

The high school robotics competition is affiliated with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a national effort to inspire youth to explore career possibilities in engineering, science and technology. The event is a head-to-head competition between large radio-controlled robots built by teams of high school students and sponsoring engineers. The Kettering Kickoff serves as an organizing event to "kick off" the start of the 2007 competition season but still using the game, rules and robots of the 2006 FIRST national competition.

The day's schedule includes:

  • opening ceremonies at 9 a.m.,
  • followed by seeding matches until mid-day,
  • a lunch break,
  • an afternoon of elimination rounds,
  • tournament championship rounds are between 3:30 and 5 p.m.

The 2006 participants by Team # and Team Name are:

  • #27, Team Rush, Ortonville
  • #33, Killer Bees, Auburn Hills
  • #47, Chief Delphi, Pontiac Central High School
  • #70, More Martians, Goodrich High School
  • #85, BOB (Built on Brains), Zeeland
  • #217, Thunderchickens, Sterling Heights
  • #226, Hammerheads, Troy
  • #314, Megatron Oracles, Carman-Ainsworth High School, Flint
  • #322, F.I.R.E., Flint Schools
  • #379, Robocats, Girard, Ohio
  • #397, Flint Southwestern Academy
  • #447, Team Roboto, Anderson, Ind.
  • #468, Baker College Explorers, Flint
  • #470, Alpha Omega Robotics, Ypsilanti
  • #494, Martians, Goodrich
  • #503, Frog Force, Novi
  • #703, Phoenix, Saginaw
  • #815, Advanced Power, Allen Park
  • #894, Powers Chargers, Flint
  • #1188, Oaktown Crewz, Royal Oak
  • #1189, The Gearheads, Grosse Pointe
  • #1213, Friends of 1213, Waterford
  • #1243, Dragons, Swartz Creek
  • #1286, Tech-no-maniacs, Royal Oak
  • #1322, The G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons, Fenton
  • #1502, Technical Difficulties, Chelsea, MI
  • #1506, Metal Muscle, Kettering University
  • #1528, iPirates, Monroe
  • #1567, Shock-a-Bots, Rochester, N.Y.
  • #1720, PhyXTGears, Muncie, Ind.
  • #1783, Firebots, West Branch

For more information, call Sally Hicks at Kettering University at (810) 762-9760 or email: shicks@kettering.edu.