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This year’s theme for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition resonates with DTE—Infinite Recharge. Students will use innovative ideas to build robots that work in alliance with other teams to collect “power cells” to energize their “shield generator.”  

About 20 teams gathered at the University of Detroit Mercy on Saturday, January 4 for the official announcement of the game. That then led to initial strategy sessions, and the students will build and refine their bots until competition starts at the end of February. 

Teams watch the games announcement in Detroit on January 4.

Teams will work to make it to the State Championship in Saginaw April 8-11, where DTE is the title sponsor. Then, the best in the world will congregate in Detroit at the TCF Center April 29-May 2 for the FIRST Championship, which drew over 45,000 people to the Motor City last year. 

DTE is sponsoring 25 FRC teams in Michigan this year. Our company focuses on sponsoring teams with barriers, increasing opportunities for young people to explore STEM careers. Along with financial support, over 100 employees volunteer their time at events and mentoring teams. 

Of course, FIRST isn’t just about building robots. It’s about working together as a team, creating business plans, solving tough problems, and helping other teams along the way. And more teams need mentorship to guide them. 

“Being a mentor allows you to teach those skills you learn over a career and let another generation behind us learn those skills and just run with it,” says Sebastien CournoyerDistribution Asset Health Exper in DO and mentor/coach in Algonac.  Learn more about Sebastien’s experience mentoring in the video below.

In addition to mentoring, FIRST is always looking for volunteers. For those interested in large group volunteer opportunities, consider the FIRST Championship in Detroit this spring. To get ahead of the game, register at FIRST, then keep an eye out for opportunities.