The FIRST Community Center is closed at this time. Kettering University continues to monitor official CDC and Public Health recommendations as well as local/state/federal government policies that impact our Kettering Community during the ongoing pandemic. For more information on the University's response to the situation, please visit

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.

FIRST Team Sponsorships

The Kettering/GMI Alumni Association was proud to sponsor 14 FIRST Robotic teams across the United States and internationally for the 2020 build season.

2020 Sponsorship Winners

Platinum - $2,000 sponsorship

  • Team 6190 - Cybernetic Crusaders 

Gold - $1,000 sponsorships

Silver - $500 sponsorships

More winners of the 2020 sponsorships  >

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.

Save the Date for 2020 - September 19

2020 Season

FIRST in Michigan and Kettering University's FIRST Robotics Community Center hosted a newly formatted "Week 0" event on Saturday, February  22 and Sunday February 23.


Kettering University host two district competitions annually.  More than 80 FIRST Robotics Teams attended the 2020 Districts I & II at Kettering University. | Highlights from 2020 Districts