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.

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 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  >

Kettering University hosts two district FIRST Robotics competition annually.

Summer Camps

June, July and August

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

  • JFLL LEGO We Do Mechanical Objects 1.2

  • JFLL LEGO We Do Mechanical Objects 2.0
  • FLL LEGO Mission To Space
  • FLL LEGO Dance and Parade
  • LEGO Build Day and STEM Exploration
  • LEGO Build Day and STEM Exploration
  • FLL LEGO Mission to Space Advanced (Sumo)
  • FTC Robotics Game Challenge
  • FRC Autonomous Programming
  • FRC One Week Day Camp - Power the Future (Individual Participant)
  • FRC One Week Day Camp - Power the Future (Team)
  • VEX IQ
  • VEX Robotics

Learn More About Our Summer Camps >

FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University

The FIRST Season

21st Kettering Kickoff - November 14

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.

Register for the Kickoff >


FIRST has decided to keep the same game for 2021. As a result FIRST and FIRST in Michigan will not sanction any off-season events in 2020, so we have made several changes on the field and the game. We have renamed the game "Perpetual Replay." | More Information on Kettering Kickoff >