This past week the North American International Auto Show wrapped up at COBO Hall in downtown Detroit. Three FIRST Robotics teams from around the Metro Detroit Area attended to promote STEM: Team 548, The Robostangs, hailing from Northville, MI, Team 27, Team RUSH, based out of Clarkston, MI, and Team 33, The Killer Bees, from Auburn Hills, MI.
With over 3,000 FRC teams functioning around the world, the presence of STEM-based learning continues to grow both in the classroom and outside. As Governor Rick Snyder asserts, Michigan has more FIRST Robotics teams than any other state in the country. He states that “If you look at kids who do FIRST Robotics, the likelihood they will go on to engineering or skilled trades goes up dramatically. We were number two in the country several years ago. Over the last few years we added teams. This last year we added 77 teams, more than the other 49 states combined. We are up to 349 teams, 110 more than California and we are hoping to be a leader in that.”
Senior Neil Jain of the Robostangs states that “It was great to see the children get engaged with the robot. The kids were having a lot of fun with the Robostang’s robot as they caught the ball and threw it back to us. At the same time, team RUSH and the Killer Bees were on the field shooting balls in the goals.”
Overall, the North American International Auto Show provided The Robostangs, Team Rush, and The Killer Bees with an excellent opportunity to not only spread the word about FIRST, but to attract young creative minds to the science of robotics.