FLINT TWP. — Akin to the Super Bowl of the sporting world, the 2018 FIRST Robotics Championship in Detroit will field 1,008 teams from 44 countries and Big MO, Team 314 from Carman- Ainsworth High School will be among them,
To qualify for the world event, Big MO competed last weekend against 159 other teams at the Michigan FRC State Championship held at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw.
State winners who qualify for the world meet travel to the host city which is Detroit this year. Events will be held at Cobo Hall and Ford Field in on April 26 – 28 and are open to the public and free to attend.
Team 314 Big MO generated 162 points during their district tournaments and state championship and also won the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation and Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation, this season. The team currently sits in 71th place, out of 508 FRC teams in the state.
For more information about “Big MO” visit www.bigmo314.com/
The World Championship meet is expected to draw 21,600 youth and 43,200 attendees according to the FRC information page at www.firstchampionship.org/
Most events for the three-day competition will take place at Cobo Center but opening and closing ceremonies will be staged at Ford Field. A full schedule of events can be read online at www.firstchampionship.org/ full-schedule?field_ event_ location_ schedule_ tid=32&field_ program_ tid%5B%5D=29&- field_ time3_ value%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate% 5D=&field_ time3_ value2%5Bvalue% 5D%5Bdate%5D=
Martian, Team 494, and More Martians, Team 70, of Goodrich also will be among the nearly 400 teams participating in the World meet.
Competitions also will be held for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr.