FIRST Robotics Detroit Regional hits WSU Matthei Athletic Complex
DETROIT - March Madness returns to Wayne State University this weekend in the form of the FIRST Robotics Detroit Regional Championship.
The competition is free and open to the public.
Two other regionals will take place in Michigan in successive weeks in Allendale (March 20-22) and Ypsilanti (March 27-29), along with 37 others taking place around the world, all culminating in the National championships at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, April 17-19.
“Because it’s hands-on, it really engages students,” said Ralph Kummler, dean of the Wayne State College of Engineering. “The beautiful thing is it is not just about students looking for solutions out of their textbooks. This is about creating solutions that come out of their own minds. When you see them in action, you quickly realize they represent the best of our next generation and hope for a better future for Michigan.”
Each high school team had six weeks to design and deliver their individual robot to meet the specific game requirements of this year’s competition.
Teams compete in a spirited, no-holds barred tournament with referees, cheerleaders, scoreboards and time clocks. For the finals, two teams made up of alliances of three schools each compete head-to-head.
Attendance and parking at the Detroit Regional is free. Opening ceremonies for each day is at 9:30 a.m., but the venue will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. For a complete agenda, go to www.eng.wayne.edu and click on the FIRST Robotic announcement.