Our Robotic Roots


Kettering University has been active in FIRST and VEX Robotics for more than 20 years. The University houses a FIRST Community Center, hosts robotics competitions, awards robotics scholarships and offers pre-college and other robotics programs. Students at Kettering pursue robotic interests in academic programs, compete in collegiate robotics and serve as mentors for K-12 robotic teams.

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Events & Programs

2020 district competition for FIRST Robotics held at Kettering University

Kettering Kickoff

The first ever back to back Kettering Kickoff competitions were a success! 72 teams competed over two days in two separate events with 14 teams participating in 12 campus tours.

The 2021 Kettering Kickoff #1 Champions were Team 2451 PWNAGE (IL), Team 1684 Chimeras (MI) and Team 5907 CC Shambots (MI). The newly renamed Bob Nichols Cornerstone Award was received by Team 27 RUSH (MI).

The 2021 Kettering Kickoff #2 Champions were Team 1684 Chimeras (MI), Team 503 Frog Force (MI) and Team 5166 Fabricators (MI). The newly renamed Bob Nichols Cornerstone Award was received by Team 302, Lake Orion (MI).

Team 5740 Trojanators (PA) claimed several awards in the Infinite Recharge Skills Challenge held on day two.

Drone in the sky

RADC Aerial Drones Competition

January 29 & 30, 2022

Join us for the Kettering University RADC Aerial Drones Competition coordinated through the Robotics Education Competition Foundation. This event is for Michigan teams only. 

A student works on a robot during a summer high school camp.

Fall Camps & On Demand Workshops

Kettering University offers more than 25 unique camps and learning experiences; from robotics to cyber security and leadership development to biological sciences. The FIRST Robotics Community Center also has partnered with FRC teams, mentors, and alumni, Kettering professors, and professionals in STEM fields to provide you with quality workshops. 

Kettering University students love robotics and so much more. We have competitive teams in Combat Robotics, Esports, and SAE competitions including Formula, Autodrive, Baja and Clean Snowmobiling.

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