Detroit Mercy to host FIRST Robotics kickoff Jan. 5

January 02, 2019

Detroit Mercy’s College of Engineering & Science, along with 146 sites throughout the world, will help kickoff the FIRST Robotics Competition on Saturday, Jan. 5.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will be joined by public figures to launch the 2019 season of the FIRST® Robotics Competition — DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company — with a worldwide kickoff event powered by Rockwell Automation originating from Manchester, N.H.

  • The 2019 season will include 3,940 teams from more than 30 countries (nearly 100,000 high school students in grades 9-12) participating in 173 Regional and District events.
  • At Kickoff, teams will be shown the DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE game field and challenge details for the first time.
  • Teams will receive a Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, control system components, construction materials and a mix of additional automation components – with limited instructions.
  • Teams will have limited time to design and build a robot to meet this year’s engineering challenge. 
Dignitaries and public figures will deliver remarks on video and in-person, including:
  • Dean Kamen, president, DEKA Research & Development and Founder, FIRST
  • Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Distinguished Advisor and co-chair of the FIRST Executive Advisory Board; Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Special guests from Boeing and Rockwell Automation. 
Detroit Mercy’s event is sponsored by The Ideal Group and DTE Energy. The following teams from southeast Michigan will participate in this international kickoff event.
  • The Foley Freeze, Bishop Foley High School
  • IMPI Robotics, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • AzTech Eagles, Cesar Chavez High School
  • Jaguars, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • R.E.C.’in Crew, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • Cougar Pack, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • Mercy Midnight Storm, Mercy Education Project
  • Mechanical Pumas, Western International High School
  • JLA Formula 01 Robotic’s Team, Jerry L. White High School
  • Electro-Bots, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • Kinematic Wolves, Detroit Cristo Rey High School
  • Tech Tigers, Robotic Engineering Center of Detroit
  • Pharaohs, Communications and Media Arts High School
  • Retro5ive, Melvindale High School
  • Oakland Panthers, Oakland Academy in Detroit
  • Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Henry Ford Academy
  • The Mighty CavBots, South Lake High School 

Inventer Dean Kamen founded FIRST in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students — working alongside professional mentors – to construct a robot and compete in tournaments that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and each team’s display of Gracious Professionalism. Through their participation, students experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation; build well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication and leadership; and qualify for more than $80 million in college scholarships.

Detroit Mercy’s 2019 FIRST Robotics KickOff Event 

When: Saturday, January 5
Where: Student Union, McNichols Campus.

  • 9 a.m. Registration in the Student Union Fountain Lounge, first floor.
  • 9:30 a.m. Robotics demonstrations, tours, Student Union Lounge, first floor.
  • 9:35 a.m. Welcome from Dr. Richard Hill, assistant dean, College of Engineering & Science, Student Union Ballroom, second floor.
  • 10 – 11:20 a.m. FIRST Kickoff Broadcast, Student Union Ballroom, second floor.

Media RSVP Information: Detroit Mercy’s kickoff is open to all media. The University kindly requests that all media reps RSVP their attendance plans to Gary Lichtman, director of Media Relations, at 313-578-0336 or via email at no later than 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4. 

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