FLINT, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — February 27, 2012 — Thirty-nine of the state’s best FIRST Robotics high school teams will compete March 2-3 at the 2012 Kettering University FIRST Robotics District competition in Flint. All events are free and open to the public in Kettering’s Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 2, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national youth effort to inspire careers in engineering, science and technology.
This year’s game is Rebound Rumble, which will be played on a court 27 feet wide by 54 feet long. Four basketball scoring hoops, positioned at different heights, and three balancing bridges for robots are among the new game’s challenges. Robots will launch compact basketballs at the four hoops to achieve points.
Bob Nichols, director of Special Projects, said the district games at Kettering help teams qualify for further competition at state and national events. “These are our future engineers and scientists,” Nichols said. He noted that Kettering will attract up to 2,000 visitors to campus during the set-up and competition days.
“Gracious Professionalism and having fun are still the centerpieces of FIRST,” Nichols continued. “This year’s contest, Rebound Rumble, promises to provide good challenges for the elite teams and be a great introduction to FIRST Robotics for the rookies. FIRST is the only varsity sport where every participant goes pro,” he added.
Pat Major of Goodrich again chairs the organizing committee.
Denise Denis, who is coordinating the new car display areas again this year, said Flint’s Applegate Dealership will show off Chevy products, including the new Sonic and Malibu. Patsy Lou’s Dealership will also provide GM products - Buick and GMC. “We'll have the all new Buick Verano on display,” Denis said. “The public will be able to drive the GMC and Buick models. Al Serra will be providing all the GM Cadillac products for our car showcase at FIRST Robotics,” she added.
Teams in the 2012 Kettering district are:
|Team 33, Killer Bees from Auburn Hills|
|Team 51, Wings of Fire from Pontiac|
|Team 70, More Martians from Goodrich|
|Team 302, The Dragons from Lake Orion|
|Team 314, Big Mo from Flint|
|Team 322, FIRE from Flint|
|Team 326, Team Super Power Eagles from Romulus|
|Team 468, Aftershock from Flint/Flushing|
|Team 494, Martians from Goodrich|
|Team 703, Phoenix from Saginaw|
|Team 862, Lightning Robotics, from Plymouth/Canton|
|Team 894, Chargers from Flint|
|Team 1243, Dragons from Swartz Creek|
|Team 1322, G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons from Fenton|
|Team 1502, Technical Difficulties from Chelsea|
|Team 1504, Desperate Penguins from Okemos|
|Team 1506, Kettering’s Metal Muscle from Genesee/Oakland Counties|
|Team 1684, Chimeras from Lapeer|
|Team 1701, RoboCubs from Detroit|
|Team 1711, Raptors from Traverse City|
|Team 2137, Robocats from Oxford|
|Team 2337, Enginerds from Grand Blanc|
|Team 2604, Metal & Soul from Capac|
|Team 2611, Jacktown Vectors from Jackson|
|Team 2627, Techies from Ann Arbor|
|Team 3302, Turbo Trojans from Clawson|
|Team 3322, Eagle Imperium from Ann Arbor|
|Team 3415, Rams from Montrose|
|Team 3421, Tachyon Techs from Marysville|
|Team 3534, House of Cards from Davison|
|Team 3535, Galak Tech Invaders from Attica|
|Team 3536, Electro Eagles from Hartland|
|Team 3537, Delta Force, Indian River|
|Team 3568, RoboEagles from Linden|
|Team 3601, Spartan Sprockets from Webberville|
|Team 3769, Droids from Detroit|
|Team 4294, StarTrec from Lansing|
|Team 4376, Raydernators from Charlevoix|
|Team 4382, SHS Trojans from Saginaw|