38 teams to compete in FIRST Robotics district event at GVSU

photo in the Fieldhouse of spectators in stands watching a robotics competition on the floor, banner overhead reads FIRST
High school students from across Michigan will compete in the first in-person tournament at GVSU since 2019.
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Teams from 38 Michigan high schools — from Allendale to Iron Mountain to Zeeland — will converge at Grand Valley State University March 24-26 for the FIRST Robotics district event.

Students who compete in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics are guided by teachers and industry mentors. Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a brand, hone teamwork skills, and build and program competitive, industrial-size robots. 

All FIRST Robotics events will take place at GVSU's Fieldhouse Arena. Events are free and open to the public.

Note: All students, volunteers and visitors must wear face masks, per GVSU and FIRST Robotics COVID-19 guidelines.

Winners from the West Michigan District event will advance to the state championship in Saginaw April 13-16. This marks the first in-person FIRST Robotics competition at GVSU since 2019.

Tournament schedule highlights:

Thursday, March 24: Pits open, inspections run from 5-10 p.m.

Friday, March 25: Opening ceremonies, 10:30 a.m.; matches run 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 26: Opening ceremonies, 9 a.m.; matches begin at 9:30 a.m., playoff rounds run 2-5 p.m.; awards ceremony, 5 p.m.

Information about teams and other details are online.