"Rookie' robotics is March 7-8

Feb 29, 2008

Kettering will showcase the 2008 FIRST robotics championship game during the FIRST Robotics Rookie Regional.

Kettering University will host a “first in the country” national pilot program for FIRST Robotics when the “FIRST Robotics Rookie Regional” debuts on campus March 7-8.  The “FIRST Robotics Rookie Regional” will be in Kettering’s Rec Center. 

Teams participating in the Rookie Regional are: 

  • EngiNerds, FANUC Robotics America, Chrysler Foundation and Grand Blanc High School, Grand Blanc, Mich.
  • Power Storm, Rolls-Royce, IUPUI, Indiana Dept. of Workforce Dev., Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Fruitport High School, ALCOA, Herman Miller, Fruitport, Mich.
  • RoboColts, Northwestern High School/STEM Academy, Detroit, Mich.
  • Excel –Niles Area Homeschoolers, Niles, Mich.
  • Graco-Thomas Edison, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Lake Region Manufacturing and Chaska High School, Chaska, Minn.
  • Astronuts-Davis Aerospace Technical High School, Detroit, Mich.
  • NASA & Highland High School, Medina, Ohio
  • Capac High School, Capac, Mich.
  • MIGHT-Homeschool, Farmington Hills, Mich.
  • Crusader-Our Lady of Lourdes High School,Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Jacktown Vectors-Jackson Area Career Center, Jackson, Mich.
  • US Army TARDEC, FANUC Robotics Inc. and Waterford Mott High School, Waterford, Mich.
  • UGeneral Motors and J.W. Sexton High School Science, Math and Engineering Magnet, Lansing, Mich.
  • H.H. Dow High School, Midland, Mich.
  • Southgate Anderson High School, Southgate, Mich.
  • Grace Center for Arts and Technology, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • PowerSurge, Reeths-Puffer High School, Muskegon, Mich.
  • Vortex-North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, Penn.
  • Tenacious Technicians –Cass Technical High School, Detroit, Mich.

Kettering was singled out for the national honor because of the University’s support of FIRST Robotics through its national scholarship program, the popularity of its Kettering Kickoff robotics contest, and Flint’s central location in Michigan, said Bob Nichols, founder of the Kettering Kickoff.  “The FIRST Robotics Rookie Regional in March will also be a first-time look at the 2008 game that will be used during the national championship rounds,” Nichols explained.  “This really is an honor for our University.  We have built a national reputation of success with the Kettering Kickoff.”   

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national effort to showcase science and engineering as fun, especially to elementary, middle school and high school students.  FIRST Robotics is particularly focused on high school students in grades 9-12.

 The “FIRST Robotics Rookie Regional” has a specific purpose – to offer a low-cost way for new teams to begin to compete in FIRST, said FIRST official Francois Castaing.  “One of the most difficult things perceived about high schools creating a new FIRST Robotics team is the uncertainty of how best to start, how to measure growth and how to be successful competing with and against teams that are more experienced.  FIRST Robotics of Michigan believes this new concept is the answer.”  

Read more at: www.ketteringroboticscompetition.com 

Located in Flint, Kettering University is the home of the country’s most modern co-op program.  The Kettering Kickoff is hosted each September for high school robotics teams.

Written by Pat Mroczek and FIRST news sources
(810) 762-9533
pmroczek@kettering.edu