FIRST Robotics at Kettering University

Since 1999, Kettering University has awarded more than $3.5 million to support Robotics students.

Equipment waits in the FIRST Robotics Community Center to be used for the 2018 Kettering Kickoff.

Robotics teams celebrate launch of 2018 season

More than 60 FIRST Robotics Competition teams celebrated the 2018 Kickoff at Kettering University Saturday, January 6. The teams learned about this year's game, picked up their build kits and received some tips and motivation for the build season ahead. | View highlights.

Highlights from 2016 FIRST Summer Camps at Kettering University

Summer Camps

June, July and August

Each summer, Kettering University hosts summer camps for elementary, middle and high school FIRST Robotics students. 

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Students look over a Ford vehicle on a recent Ford Day on campus.

Ford Summer Camp

July, Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm (each Day)

Kettering University is expanding its summer learning camps to target Flint students thanks to a grant from Ford Motor Company’s Corporate STEAM fund. The $32,000 grant allowed for the creation of the Flint Schools Summer Day Camp in July 2017. The summer camp will focus on creating and learning about model electric vehicles with 20 Flint students. The funds will help with registration fees, supplies and transportation for the students. The camp will be open to high school students, grades 9-12. | Full story. | Apply now.

he Power Chargers (Team #894) from Powers Catholic High School won a district title in Escanaba.

Team 894 Wins Escanaba District Competition

History has been made! The Power Chargers (Team #894) from Powers Catholic High School became the first team residing in the FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University to win a district title at the March 16-18 event in Escanaba.

Professor Diane Peters and FIRST teams meet in BJ's Lounge during Kettering Kickoff.

Robotics teams celebrate launch of 2017 season

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, 59 teams from across Michigan attended the Kettering University FIRST Kickoff of this year’s game titled “Steamworks.” | View highlights.

FIRST teams compete with their robots on the field at FIRST Districts.

2017 FIRST Robotics District Competition at Kettering University

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.

Kettering University hosts a FIRST Robotics Kickoff every year where teams cheer one another on.

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. This year’s Kettering Kickoff hosted 48 teams on campus. | Full results 

FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University

Kettering University FIRST Robotics Community Center

The Kettering University FIRST Robotics Community Center was opened in 2014. The Center is the first of its kind on any university campus in the country.

The facility provides work areas for approximately eight FIRST teams, a regulation size practice field as well as a lab that will include machining tools and software. More importantly, the students on these teams will have unprecedented access to Kettering University’s faculty, staff and students as mentors and the campus facilities.

Highlights of the FRCC

FRC Pneumatics

Kettering FIRST Robotics Community Center Videos

Kettering University is proud to host two FIRST Robotics District tournaments.

FIRST Robotics District Competition at Kettering University

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.

The Kettering University FIRST Robotics Community Center allows local teams a place to build robots and scrimmage with other teams.

Scholarships

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.

Kettering University's FIRST Summer Camps give high school students opportunities to get hands-on experience in building robots.

Ford Summer Camp

High school students in the Flint Community Schools are invited to apply to participate in a FIRST Robotics summer day camp sponsored by Ford Motor Company. This camp will introduce students to various aspects of a STEM Curriculum through academic exercises and challenges. The camp will also help students prepare for the ACT/SAT. | More information.

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