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GVSU supports high school students at FIRST Robotics Invitational

Posted on October 24, 2011

Engineering students from Grand Valley State University will support high school students participating in the 2011 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) West Michigan Robotics Invitational on October 29 at Zeeland West High School, 3390 100th Ave. in Zeeland.

More than 600 people and 24 statewide teams are expected to attend the one-day event, which is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo opportunity: Teams of students and their handmade robots will begin competing with others at 9 a.m., break for lunch at 12:30 p.m., and continue matches at 1:15 p.m.

The invitational, supported by Grand Valley, aims to prepare, inspire and excite statewide high school students competing in the FIRST Robotics West Michigan Regional Competition that Grand Valley will host in March. Engineering students from Grand Valley’s Padnos College of Engineering and Computing will be at the event to provide support, offer advice and foster encouragement to the high school students.

Grand Valley has supported The FIRST West Michigan Robotics Invitational since 2006. The annual competition provides high school students the opportunity to learn how to be science and technology leaders. The competition connects high school students to colleges, sponsors, engineers and technology professionals through an engineering challenge in a competitive and creative environment.

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