Troy Athens Hosts ‘First Robotics Competition’

TROY (WWJ) – Robots will be invading Troy Athens High School over the next two days.   The school is hosting hundreds of students from 40 teams, vying for a chance to move on to the state championship in the First Robotics Competition. 

Athens Hammerhead Team Adviser Regina Ure says the winners can qualify for some big college scholarships.

“Quite a few of the universities here in Michigan offer scholarships, and it’s not only for engineering, kids can learn management skills, PR (public relations) there is a whole lot that goes into managing this team and those scholarships apply to any number of those professions,” says Ure.

Organizers say Robotics is like a cross between a sporting event and a rock concert.  The event, which is free and open to the public, from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Troy Athens.

  • Prof. CJ Chung, PhD

    There is another type of robotics competition for high school students. Robofest ( do *not* play music during the competition because students need to solve math problems and program robots. Robofest is a fully autonomous robotics competition. We believe the learning of math and science concepts is reinforced and maximized when students program and test robots, not when they play with robots with remotes.

  • Margaret Milligan-Joye

    Please explain to me how students spending six weeks designing, building, testing and programming complex machines are not learning math and science? Have you ever been part of a FIRST team? Have you ever been to a team build session? Have you ever been to a competition and spoken with teams in the pits to find out how much work they have done? I’m guessing the answer to those questions are no.

    There are many different types of robotics competitions out there for high school students – all of them have different strengths and weaknesses. One of our goals is to get students excited about math and science – and we have the unique ability to target students who are not the typical math/science students in addition to the students who are already successful. Who do you target?

    • Prof. Chung

      I deeply apologize that my comments did not recognize the time and hard work that FIRST high school students devoted to design, build, test, and program the complex robot for the competition that aims to get students excited about math and science.

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