FIRST Robotics at Kettering University

In 2018, Kettering proudly sponsored FIRST Worlds at the corporate level.

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 Robotics Community Center at 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 includes machining tools and software. More importantly, the students on these teams have unprecedented access to Kettering University’s faculty, staff and students as mentors and the campus facilities.

Teams

  • Metal Muscle - Team 1506
  • Flint F.I.R.E.  - Team 322
  • Flushing Raider Robotics - Team 5561
  • International Academy Phoenix - Team 5527
  • Bentley Robo-Raptors - Team 5612
  • Maximum Overload - Team 5774
  • A.R.T. Atherton Robotics - Team 5660
  • Powers Chargers - Team 894   
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. |Kettering Kickoff is September 14-15

2018 Season Launch

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.

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 Teams from the Flint area practice in Kettering University's FIRST Robotics Community Center

Innovators

Kettering University produces more inventors per graduate than all but three universities in the country, according to a recently released study profiled in The Economist examining how exposure to innovation influences inventiveness. 

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