I am excited to spotlight the hard work and dedication of a team of ambitious, innovative high school students right here in my backyard. In the program’s first year, East Grand Rapids Robotics earned entrance to the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championship as one of the top ranked teams in the nation.
The competition brings students into a fun, but rigorous environment where they are expected to work together as a team under the expert guidance of professional mentors to design and build robots capable of completing specifics tasks in competition with other teams. At the state competition in Grand Rapids, EGR Robotics finished 9th in the field of 130 having won 10 of their 12 matches played. For their outstanding performance in various ranked categories of competition, the team received the Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi and the Highest Rookie Seed awards.
Students from 15 other countries will come together for the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27-30. EGR Robotics will be competing in the Carver subdivision as team number 5980. In their own words, the students “are here to inspire students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by solving problems in the field of robotics. We are out to set them on the path as pioneers of our future, to navigate successfully in a global community; lead us all to a healthier, happier, and smarter world, and to continue our school’s tradition of excellence.”
This year’s competition: the stronghold!
FRC has tremendous impact on the the academic and professional future of participating students. A longitudinal study conducted by Brandeis University found that 89.6% of FIRST participants are either majoring or working in a STEM field. So what is the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)? Find out here.
Photo: East Grand Rapids Robotics team