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.

Approximately one-third of Kettering students have participated in robotics before college.  

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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.  

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 Robotics Community Center at Kettering University

FIRST Team Sponsorships

The Kettering/GMI Alumni Association was proud to sponsor 14 FIRST Robotic teams across the United States and internationally for the 2019 build season.

2019 Sponsorship Winners

  • Team 79 – Team Krunch
  • Team 1511 – Rolling Thunder
  • Team 3256 – WarriorBorgs
  • Team 3373 – Team RoboHawk
  • Team 4405 – The Atoms Family
  • Team 4982 – Olympus Robotics
  • Team 5414 – Pearadox
  • Team 5472 – Stallion Robotics
  • Team 5577 – Kinematic Wolves
  • Team 5811 – BONDS
  • Team 6099 – Knight Riders
  • Team 6533 – Beaver Tech
  • Team 7223 – MVHS Robotics
  • Team 7707 – Summit Robotics

Check back in Fall 2019 for more information and the 2020 sponsorship application.