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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Contact: Vicky Rad

Phone: 586-469-5285

Email: Vicky.Rad@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2019

Macomb County officials champion local teams at FIRST Robotics World Championship

On Friday, April 26, Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel and the county's Department of Planning and Economic Development visited teams at the First Robotics World Championships taking place at Cobo Hall. The four-day event, which will draw more than 40,000 people, is one of the largest youth robotics competitions in the world. It concludes on Saturday, April 27.

"It is a major accomplishment for a FIRST Robotics team to reach the World Championships, so it's clear that the Macomb County students here today are very talented," said Hackel. "We are creating an environment where the passion and creativity of these students can be linked to emerging educational and career opportunities right here at home."

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics was founded in 1989. Its mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, technology and life skills. The Macomb County teams participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition include:

  • The Fighting Pi, a team from the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada
  • Blue Devils, a team based in Richmond
  • ThunderChickens, a team based out of Sterling Heights and the Utica Community Schools 
  • Crevolution, a team based out of Sterling Heights and the Utica Community Schools
  • Rock'Em Sock'Em Robotics, a team from L'Anse Creuse High School - North and L'Anse Creuse High School

As participants in the FIRST Robotics Competition, these Macomb County teams were tasked with designing a brand, honing teamwork skills and building and programming a robot that could perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. At the championship, the robots participate in head-to-head space-themed challenges that require movements like lifting rubber balls and climbing. Teams spent countless hours over a six-week period preparing for the event.

The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development (MCPED) is an active participant in each of the county's 18 FIRST Robotics teams. With the establishment of the Robotics Collaboration and Innovation initiative, the county has created a talent and business development platform to connect aspiring students to next generation robotics careers.

The five county teams reaching Worlds received a $1,000 sponsorship from MCPED which will assist the teams in preparing for future competitions, creating new educational programs and developing relationships with corporate partners.

To access photos from Macomb County's visit to the championship, click here.

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