DTE & FIRST Robotics

At DTE Energy, we aspire to be a force for growth in the communities where we live and serve – and we recognize the importance of STEM education in helping our future leaders reach their full potential. That’s why we’re proud to invest our time and resources in FIRST Robotics, which teaches important life skills, and instills confidence and leadership that help our youth – and communities – thrive.

Investing in Our Future

Our partnership with FIRST helps prepare young people for a variety of rewarding career paths, including engineering, programming, IT, business and marketing, among others. Through the teamwork, creativity and problem-solving students learn during their FIRST experiences, they gain skills and perspective we look for in our company’s future leaders. In fact, many of our student interns have also been involved with FIRST, and we’ll continue to leverage the unique talents of these individuals to help us create Michigan’s clean energy future.

Learn more about renewable energy, including an educator toolkit.

Supporting Young Talent Across Michigan

DTE supports high school and middle school FIRST teams throughout Michigan – from Monroe to Muskegon to Munising.  DTE has supported FIRST for over 10 years through sponsorship, mentorship and volunteerism.

Learn more about DTE’s commitment to FIRST Robotics:

2019 DTE FIRST Documentary

DTE FIRST Robotics on YouTube

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gained a strong sense of community mobilization. Learn more about how DTE’s Anthony Watson gives back to his community here and abroad.

Employees mentor and volunteer not only to impart their knowledge to students, but because DTE is home to a culture of service that extends far beyond our work locations. Learn more about how employees and teams give back through FIRST.

How a DTE-sponsored team gives back during Covid

Frequently Asked Questions

How does DTE support FIRST Robotics?

DTE Energy employees and retirees offer their time and expertise to FIRST teams on all levels. 

Employees and retirees who volunteer their time as mentors with a team, or volunteer at an event and meet application criteria, may apply for a McCarthy volunteerism award. 

In-kind donations of time, space and support of initiatives have helped advance FIRST in Michigan’s mission and reach to thousands of students across Michigan communities where our employees live and serve. 

Our team is advancing to the state championship and/or FIRST Championship, may we apply for financial support for this event(s)?

Teams may contact FIRST_Robotics_DTE@dteenergy.com to learn about additional funding opportunities.

How do I apply for event sponsorship?

The DTE Workforce Development team works directly with FIRST in Michigan to select events to sponsor within our DTE service territory. FIRST in Michigan will distribute funds for the events.

Our event requires volunteers. Is DTE able to provide personnel?

 We put out regular calls to action to our DTE family to volunteer at events. Please contact us at FIRST_Robotics_DTE@dteenergy.com if your event requests volunteer support. 

Does DTE offer internships or co-op positions for FIRST students?

DTE has student internship and co-op positions across Michigan for high school and college students. Each program has its own selection criteria.  

Student programs are posted at https://careers.dteenergy.com on the student and graduate page. We recommend setting up an alert for new position postings. 

Map of Support

In 2021, the DTE Foundation is sponsoring 25 FRC teams and 20 FTC teams across Michigan. We’re looking forward to returning to in-person events in the near future.

DTE Energy Foundation Sponsored Teams

DTE Energy Foundation Sponsored Teams
FIRST Robotics Competition List of Teams

3875     |     Red Storm Robotics • East Kentwood High School, Kent Co.

4004     |     M.A.R.S. Rovers • Muskegon Area Robotics Students, Inc., Muskegon Co.

4680     |     AzTech Eagles • Cesar Chavez Academy High School, Wayne Co.

5901     |     Cougar Pack • Voyageur College Prep, Wayne Co.

7168     |     Infinity • Hope Center, Wayne Co.

6099     |     Knight Riders • Osborn High School, Wayne Co.

5478     |     Pershing Doughbots • Pershing High School, Wayne Co.

2224     |     RoboPhoenix • Renaissance High School, Wayne Co.

2673     |     Tenacious Technicians • Cass Technical High School, Wayne Co.

5577     |     the Kinematic Wolves • Detroit Cristo Rey High School, Wayne Co.

2048     |     The Pink Panthers • Detroit International Academy for Young Women, Wayne Co.

1481     |     The Riveters • Mercy High School, Oakland Co.

6914     |     Retro5ive • Melvindale High School, Wayne Co.

7188     |     SaddleBots • Regina High School, Macomb Co.

5050     |     Cow Town Robotics • Airport High School, Monroe Co.

1528     |     Monroe Trojan Robotics • Monroe High School, Monroe Co.

240       |     TEMPEST • Jefferson High School, Monroe Co.

6112     |     Cyberstangs • Munising Public Schools, Alger Co.

3618     |     Petoskey Paladins • Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet Co.

6077     |     Wiking Kujon •   Posen High School, Alpena Co.

5860     |     Full Metal Muskrats • Algonac Community Schools, St. Clair Co.

4994     |     Kingston Robo-Cards • Kingston High School, Sanilac Co.

6637     |     BetaWolves • Carney-Nadeau Public School, Meonminee Co.

5709     |     Rudyard Nerf Herders • Rudyard High School, Chippewa Co.

5915     |     Mercy Midnight Storm •  Girls Dream, Wayne Co.

FIRST Tech Challenge List of Teams

11531     |     Techno Trojans: Blue • Fruitport Middle School, Muskegon Co.

18092     |     Techno Trojans: Green • Fruitport Middle School, Muskegon Co.

5641       |     Holton Devilbots • Holton Middle School, Newaygo Co.

13985     |     Falcons Junior Robo Team • Central Academy, Washtenaw Co.

8533       |     CSPA Miners • Charyl Stockwell Preparatory Academy, Livingston Co.

14009     |     Awesomystics • Brewer Academy, Wayne Co.

10210     |     Aztec Eagles • Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School, Wayne Co.

13998     |     Panther Bots • Greenfield Union, Wayne Co.

10280     |     Technolions • Holy Redeemer Grade School, Wayne Co.

12467     |     The Robo Potatoes • Earhart Elementary/Middle School, Wayne Co.

14744     |     UYA Yo • University Yes Academy, Wayne Co.

6134       |     Black Frogs • Novi Middle School, Oakland Co.

13781     |     Bear Bytes • Jefferson Middle School, Monroe Co.

7085       |     FLAG (Fights Like A Girl) • Bedford Public Schools, Monroe Co.

5411       |     G3-Geeks Gears & Gadgets Green • Public Schools of Petoskey, Emmet Co.

11318     |     Beta Wolfpack • Gateway to Success Academy, Mason Co.

11321     |     Gamma Wolfpack • Gateway to Success Academy, Mason Co.

11317     |     Alpha Wolfpack • G2S Academy, Mason Co.

8688       |     Jr. Vi-Bots • Marysville Middle School, St. Clair Co.

10062     |     Robogators • North Star Montessori Academy, Marquette Co.

13570     |     ElectroStangs • Munising Middle-High School, Alger Co.