Grand Valley hosts 40 teams at FIRST Robotics Competition

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More than 1,000 students on 40 high school teams from around the state competed in the “varsity sport for the mind” at Grand Valley State University March 21-22.

The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics West Michigan District Competition was a high-energy event that was filled with many strong visuals. Teams competed with the robots they built and designed. Teams had six weeks to build the robots with a kit of common parts.  

Founded in 1989, FIRST Robotics helps students get hands-on experience solving real-world problems; they get to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. One-hundred universities including Grand Valley offer scholarships to FIRST participants. FIRST Robotics includes 67,500 students in grades 9-12 on 2,700 teams across the country.

Complete information, including a list of teams, is available at