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Powertrain/Pontiac Northern "Huskies" Bring Home National
FIRST Robotics Title
GM Sponsored Teams competed against 280 from North and South America
Thousands of high school students from the U.S., Canada, and South
America wrapped up spirited competition on Saturday, April 12, at
the FIRST National Competition in Houston. The event is a showcase
of the engineering and technical talent of students from around the
GM Powertrain Pontiac Northern Team brought home the top prize as
part of the winning alliance that worked together through the highly
competitive elimination tournament. The Huskies were well prepared
this season with top tier finishes in regional competitions and
winners of the prestigious Chairman's Award at the Ypsilanti Great
game involves stacking storage containers and jockeying for position
on an elevated playing field. With four robots working in the arena
at the same time, pushing, shoving and physical contact between the
robots was the name of the game.
FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest that
immerses high school students in the exciting world of engineering.
Teaming up with engineers from businesses and universities, students
get hands-on, inside look at engineering and technical professions.
In six intense weeks, students and engineers' work together to
brainstorm, design, construct and test their "champion
robot." The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred
tournament complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks.
than 20,000 students participated in 23 Regional Events this year.
Every year, the competition is changed, and all details are kept
secret from the participants until a “Kick-Off” workshop, where
the current year’s challenges are revealed.
This way, each team competing must come completely
unprepared, and design their robots on the spot, making for a fun
and challenging contest.