FIRST Robotics at Kettering University

Since 1999, Kettering University has been active in FIRST Robotics. The University houses a FIRST Community Center which is the site of district competitions, awards scholarships and offers pre-college programs in the summer.

On January 20, the FIRST Center hosted the first-ever FIRST Robotics collegiate competition that allowed college students from six schools to mentor younger teams as well as compete. 

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Scholarships & Programs

Approximately one-third of Kettering University students participated in robotics programs at the pre-college level. Kettering awards more than 20 Robotics Scholarships annually, each valued at $22,500.

The Robotic pathway within the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will help you expand skills you learn in FIRST while furthering your education and career.

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Kettering University hosts two district FIRST Robotics competition annually.

The FIRST Season

September Kettering Kickoff

The Kettering Kickoff event is an annual contest that matches the robots from last year’s FIRST Robotics season with this year’s high school teams. Kettering University has been the proud host of this competition since 1999. |2019 Kettering Kickoff - September 20-21

2019 Season Launch

More than 60 FIRST Robotics teams attended Kettering FIRST preview launch to learn more about the Destination Deep Space game and get ready for build seasonView highlights.

Districts

Kettering University host two district competitions annually. This year's competitions are:

Week 0

FIRST in Michigan and Kettering University's FIRST Robotics Community Center are once again hosting a "Week 0" competition for any Michigan team that would like to get a jump start on the season.  
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Two (2-hour) sessions
    • 24 teams in the morning - 10 a.m. - Noon
    • 24 teams in the afternoon - 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Same rules as last year; anyone with a practice bot can participate or if your team is in a Week One competition, you will be able to unbag your robot and use two hours of unbag time out of the six hours you are allowed.  You must be in a Week 1 event to use your competition bot.
We will also use this opportunity for training for FIRST in Michigan volunteers including FTA, FTAA, referees, AV, etc.
These spots fill up fast.  To reserve your space, please email Bob Nichols at Kettering University at bnichols@kettering.edu and specify your team number, team name, first choice; morning or afternoon (or if you would do both if space is available) and whether you are bringing a practice bot or your competition bot.

The Results

In 2018, Kettering University was once again the only district site in the United States to host back-to-back FIRST Robotics competitions from March 2-3 and March 9-10. More than 80 teams for the combined two weekends from across Michigan participated in the competitions at the Recreation Center on Kettering's campus. This is also the 19th year that Kettering has hosted a FIRST Robotics high school competition. | View March 2-3 highlights | View March 9-10 highlights

The March 2-3 winning alliance

Rochester Adams (Team 245)
Kingston High School (Team 4994)
Deckerville Community High School (Team 6091)
See all the award winning teams.

The March 9-10 winning alliance

Allendale High School and Jenison High School (Team 4003)
Goodrich High School (Team 494)
NexTech High School of Lansing (7144)
See all the award winning teams.

In 2017, Kettering University was once again the only district site in the United States to host back-to-back FIRST Robotics competitions from March 2-4 and March 9-11. A total of 81 teams - 40 and 41 respectively - from across Michigan participated in the competitions at the Recreation Center on Kettering's campus. This is also the 18th year that Kettering has hosted a FIRST Robotics high school competition. | View March 2-4 highlights | View March 9-11 highlights

The March 2-4 winning alliance

  • H.H. Dow High School (Team 2619)
  • Cadillac Senior High School (Team 5086)
  • Frankenmuth High School (Team 5215)

See all the award winning teams.

The March 9-11 winning alliance

  • Flat Rock Community High School (Team 6618)
  • Swartz Creek High School (Team 1243)
  • Waterford Mott High School (Team 2612)

See all the award winning teams.

In 2016, Kettering University became the first district site in the United States to host back-to-back FIRST Robotics competitions from March 3-5 and March 10-12. A total of 81 teams - 40 and 41 respectively - from across Michigan participated in the competitions at the Recreation Center on Kettering’s campus. This was also the 17th consecutive year that Kettering has hosted a district competition.

The March3-5 winning alliance

  • Fridgebot Inc. (#5084) from Corunna
  • Benzene Bots (#4384) from Troy
  • More Martians (#70) from Goodrich

The March 10-12 winning alliance

  • MooBotics (#5926) from Port Huron
  • Volatile Chaos Inhibitors (#5203) from Sanford
  • Brighton TechnoDogs (#3707) from Brighton

See the Highlights.


FIRST Worlds Championship

Robots battle during a regional FIRST competition held at Kettering University

Kettering University will have a major presence at FIRST Worlds Detroit April 24-27 at the Cobo Center. FIRST World Championship brings in more than 45,000 high school students. Kettering is sponsoring the Student Lounge and will have booths at both the Innovation Faire and Scholarship Row.

Kettering is looking for alumni to get involved with FIRST Worlds Detroit. For more information, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Steve Bandurski at sbandurski@kettering.edu.