FLINT — Kettering University has hosted local robotics tournaments for several years but those coming up over the next two weekends came with an advisory about the Flint water crisis.
Kettering will host two district tournaments – March 3-5 and March 10-12 at its campus recreation center. Both are free and open to the public. Tournament instructions for visiting teams included a note that “All (recommended host) hotels and restaurants near the hotels are outside the City of Flint and are not affected by the current water crisis within the City of Flint.”
A link also was included to a January 25 letter from Kettering President Dr. Robert K. McMahan giving detailed reassurances about water quality on the Kettering campus.
CAHS’ Megatron Oracles (Big Mo Team 314) is one of 41 teams registered to compete in the March 10-12 competition. Several local schools also will be represented among 40 teams competing in the March 3-5 qualifying competition.
Teams arrive and begin setting up on Thursday. Opening ceremonies for both events begin at 10:30 a.m. and matches begin at 11 a.m. on Friday and the two-day competition ends with an awards ceremony at about 5 p.m. on Saturday.
In 2016, more than 3,000 teams comprised of more than 78,000 students from around the world will compete in FIRST STRONGHOLD, the theme of this year’s competition. Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind, FIRST Robotics competitions blend the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology.