PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 2/17/16

St. Clair County, Michigan

On March 24-26, 2016, the Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance will host a 2016 District FIRST® Robotics competition at Marysville High School.   The event will draw 40 robotics teams and their families to the region to compete.   In order to secure the event, a minimum fundraising goal of $20,000 had to be met; and the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County was tasked with reaching this goal.  Currently, $23,750 has successfully been raised for the competition.

“We are extremely proud of our region’s businesses for stepping up to help meet this challenge and ensure this impressive and innovative event will take place in the Blue Water Area,” said Bruce Seymore, Manager of Business and Community Services at the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County.  

Each year, FIRST® Robotics, a non-profit organization aimed at inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, kicks off the competition season by announcing a new game to be played at regional and district competitions around the world.  Teams receive a Kickoff Kit made up of donated items and components worth tens of thousands of dollars – and only limited instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge.  

In 2016, more than 3,000 teams comprised of 78,000+ students from around the world will compete for glory in FIRST STRONGHOLDSM  this year’s game.   Teams of 10 or more high school students (ages 14-18/grades 9-12) are challenged to build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors, raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills. It’s as close to real-world business and engineering as a student can get.

Below is a list of companies proudly sponsoring the 2016 District FIRST® Robotics competition.

DTE ENERGY

SEMCO ENERGY, INC

SMR AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, USA, INC.

MARSHALL E. CAMPBELL CO., INC.

TRITON AUTOMATION GROUP

ADVIA CREDIT UNION

BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH

PTM CORPORATION

TI AUTOMOTIVE

DOMTAR INDUSTRIES

CSB BANK

ST. CLAIR COUNTY RESA

GRUPO ANTOLIN INTERIORS

INNOVATIVE ASSEMBLY & PROTOTYPE

BLUE WATER CONTROLS, LLC

BTM CORPORATION

NORTHSTAR BANK

 

 

About EDA:
The Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County is the Blue Water Region’s leader in economic development working to connect businesses with opportunities, promote our regional assets to recruit new business, help influence job creation and grow our local economy. www.edascc.com.

 

  FIRST® For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology