FIRST Team 7491

FIRST Robotics / / at Kettering


Our Robotic Roots

Since 1999, Kettering University has been active in FIRST Robotics. The University houses a FIRST Community Center, hosts two district competitions, awards scholarships and offers pre-college and other robotics programs.

The Chairman's Showcase is a virtual event for FIRST Robotics teams

Chairman’s Showcase

March 27-28, 2021

This virtual competition gives FRC teams the opportunity to showcase their Chairman's presentation to Kettering University representatives. Teams will submit their large essay and video in advance. They will then be scheduled to meet with judges virtually to do their presentation and be interviewed.

There are three competitive levels: Rookie - 3yr, 4-9 yr, and 10+ yr in FRC.

Awards will be given for the following categories:

  • Written Communication Excellence Award (Essay)
  • Inspirational Visuals Award (Video)
  • Creativity Award (Presentation)
  • Data Driven Award (Presentation)
  • Interview Rock Stars Award (Interviews)
  • Go Pro Award (best overall Chairman's submission, video, presentation and interview)

Save the date for this virtual event.

2020 district competition for FIRST Robotics held at Kettering University

On-Demand Virtual Workshops for Robotics Teams

The FIRST Robotics Community Center at Kettering University has partnered with FRC teams, mentors, and alumni, Kettering professors, and professionals in STEM fields to provide you with quality workshops.

The on-demand workshops are offered online so your team can participate from the safety of your team space or team member's own homes. Our library features both team operations and technical workshops, as well as the ability to download slide presentations and documents and provides useful links that accompany workshops.

If your team would like to discuss providing a presentation to be featured on our site, contact Kim Shumaker, Robotics Outreach Manager at

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 build spaces for FIRST teams, a regulation size practice field, multiple labs for machining, design, 3D printing and strategizing. More importantly, the students on these teams have unprecedented access to Kettering University's faculty, staff and facilities. Kettering students also serve as mentors to teams.


  • Metal Muscle - Team 1506
  • Flint F.I.R.E.  - Team 322
  • Powers Chargers – Team 894
  • Team TESLA - Team 4998
  • International Academy of Flint - CyberPhoenix - Team 5527
  • Bentley Robo-Raptors - Team 5612
  • Atherton Robotics – Symmetrical Chaos - Team 5660
  • Genesee Christian School - Cyber Soldiers - Team 7491

Meet The Team