[Blog] Ten things you need to know about FIRST Robotics in Michigan
By Josh PaciorekFriday, April 10, 2015
It’s a sport like no other. FIRST Robotics, a national program where students use robots to compete for victory, offers high schoolers the opportunity to build, design, and program remote-controlled robots that battle in two-minute games. Often, students get to work side-by-side with professional engineers while building the robots.
Tomorrow, Grand Rapids will host the Michigan FIRST Robotics state championship, and Governor Snyder will be in attendance.
“Michigan has long been a global leader in design and engineering,” the governor said. “And FIRST Robotics is a program that is inspiring the next generation of innovators.”
If you’re considering joining a FIRST Robotics teams, check out these ten facts about FIRST Robotics in Michigan:
- Michigan is home to the most FIRST Robotics teams in the United States with 345 teams –107 more teams than California.
- Michigan is home to 77 rookie FIRST Robotics teams this year.
- For the second consecutive year, Michigan created more FIRST Robotics teams than all of the other 49 states combined
- This year, the FIRST Robotics state championship had to move to a larger venue-- the Grand Rapids DeltaPlex—because the size of the competition grew from 64 teams to 102 teams.
- Two FIRST Robotics teams from Michigan were part of the winning alliance at 2014 FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis -FRC team #469, “Las Guerrillas”, from Bloomfield Hills-International Academy and FRC team #74, “Team C.H.A.O.S.”, from Holland High and Black River Public School.
- Michigan’s FIRST Robotics Program has its own T.V. show-- the RoboZone show-- the only FIRST Robotics TV show in the nation.
- Governor Snyder invested $2 million in the state’s FIRST Robotics program in Fiscal Year 2015.
- When Governor Snyder signed the FY 2015 state budget, FIRST Robotics students and even their robots joined the Governor at the budget signing ceremony.
- Michigan is at the center of the fast-growing robotics industry with nearly 58,000 robotics jobs, the third most in the country.
- Detroit has been selected to host the 2018-2020 FIRST Robotics World Championships, which is projected to generate as much as $90 million in economic impact for the Comeback State.