FIRST Robotics Kick-off at Lake Michigan College

United States Rep. Fred Upton, an advocate for FIRST, said to those gathered in the Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall, “Keep up the good work and go get ‘em!”

More than 350 students and mentors were in attendance at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Kick-off at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor last Saturday.  Teams representing 23 high school robotics programs from Van Buren, Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kent,  and St. Joseph counties were among them. United States Rep. Fred Upton, an advocate for FIRST, said to those gathered in the Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall, “Keep up the good work and go get ‘em!” Nearly 100,000 high school students on 3,898 teams at 160 venues around the world joined the 2020 kick-off via a live broadcast. INFINITE RECHARGE is part of the 2020 FIRST season, FIRST RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. FIRST has teamed up with Lucasfilm  and parent company Disney as part of the  Star Wars: Force for Change philanthropic initiative. Around the state, more than 500 high school teams will be participating in FIRST competitions this year.  The local event was presented by Lake Michigan College and Sunset Coast Robotics Alliance   

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