This year, our company was very excited about the theme for the FIRST Robotics season. FIRST Energize encourages young people to think about how energy will power us into the future and how we can build a more sustainable, reliable and affordable energy future. 

FIRST is all about innovation, and we’re proud to once again support this program across the state. The DTE Foundation sponsored 25 high school teams and 17 middle school teams this season. We also sponsored district events at Wayne State University, Cass Tech High School, Macomb Community College and the State Championship in Saginaw. Dozens of our employees volunteered their time to help at events and mentor teams. Students build robots, work through problems, learn important life and business skills, and compete against teams throughout the season.

FIRST is an important part of our talent pipeline; many students go into engineering, programming and STEM careers. Watch below to see why students who are in FIRST now could become a big part of our sustainability future.