High Schoolers Gain Skills from Robotics Competition

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's a competition in which students are told everyone on the team can turn pro.

About 5,000 high school students from 207 teams in Michigan are expected to participate in this year's FIRST Robotics Competition. The teams build robots to compete against each other as they try to win a spot in the 64-team state championship, April 11-13 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

Students spent six weeks building their remote-controlled robots prior to the start of district competitions, which are held on the Fridays and Saturdays leading up to the state championship.

"The idea is, it's not kids building robots," said Gail Alpert, president of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in Michigan. "It's kids building with and learning from the pros."

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