Forty high school teams from across the state will compete against each other Friday and Saturday in the First Robotics West Michigan District competition at Grand Valley State University. The teams will play a game called “Rebound Rumble,” in which teams use robots to shoot 8-inch foam basketballs into several hoops at various heights.
This week’s competition will be the second of three First Robotics competitions the GHHS team will compete in this month. All competitions are open to the public.
Friday’s opening ceremonies at GVSU will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the competition running to around 7 p.m. On Saturday, opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. and the competition will end around 5 p.m.
“We want to get students excited to be able to create things and make things work,” said Chuck Priese, the GHHS First Robotics coach.
Grand Haven’s team has been practicing about 15-20 hours a week since January to get their robot ready for the science and technology version of March Madness.
Earlier this month, they placed eighth out of 36 teams in the Gull Lake First Robotics Competition. The team hopes to do just as well, if not better, at the GVSU competition later this week and at the next district competition in Niles on March 23-24.
“It has the excitement of sports mixed with science and engineering,” Priese said. “We want to help build those students up and give them those practical skills that we don’t necessarily get through education.”
The Grand Haven team has nine students ranging from freshmen to seniors, and five adults assisting them.
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