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FIRST Robotics receives $2,000 grant

Posted on March 28, 2016

Shouts filled the gymnasium at Marysville High School over Easter weekend as the crowd cheered on their favorite FIRST Robotics team. Their enthusiasm and costumes rivaled that of the most devoted of sports fans.

In all, 40 teams from high schools across Michigan competed in the FIRST Robotics competition hosted in Marysville.

“Teams get the choice of where they want to go,” said Amy Hengehold, FIRST Robotics district event coordinator. “They could be from anywhere.”

Local students competed against teams from places like Harbor Beach, St. Clair Shores, Flint and Beaver Island.

Planning for the event started in mid-October, but Hengehold said it’s worth it because the benefits the students get out of it.

“They’re building team players,” she said. “Building teamwork.”

She added they also learn skills like engineering, computer-aided design (CAD) and problem solving when they build their robots.
That is the reason the Community Foundation gave a $2,000 grant to the competition. FIRST Robotics supports the Foundation’s Cradle to Career focus with pathways to skilled trades and hands-on learning programs for youth.

Students also get to interact with the qualified volunteers, such as electricians and nurses, needed to run a FIRST Robotics event.

“But most of all I say they have fun,” Hengehold said.

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