Some 3,000 students from across Michigan representing about 160 high school robotics teams are participating in the First in Michigan state championships being held at Saginaw Valley State University through Saturday.
SVSU’s STEM Director Adrianne Cole explained that two teams and their robots compete against two other teams, lifting and moving cubes while climbing over each other. Besides putting all the students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills to the test, they also learn promotion and art design to create logos and help attract sponsors. Cole referred to the event as “cooperatition” or combining cooperation and competition.
Winners will have the chance to go to an upcoming world championship in Detroit in two weeks.
(Photo Courtesy of SVSU)