Students from BHHS and EHMS joined 40,000 other student participants from 13 countries at the recent FIRST World Championships in Detroit, driving their robots in competitions at Cobo Center, eating at food trucks and doing activities at Campus Martius Park, and dancing and celebrating at the opening and closing ceremonies at Ford Field.
Participation in district robotics programs has exploded over the last three years. We have students at every building participating in FIRST robotics. If you are interested in signing your child up for robotics, please look for registration information that comes out in the spring via our district and building listservs. The K-8 programs (Jr. FLL, FLL and FTC) run from September to December. The high school program (FRC) kicks off in January.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League challenges students to research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution and compete with a LEGO-based robot of their design. This year the challenge is "HYDRO DYNAMICS". Sarah Piper, robotics parent volunteer coordinator for Bloomfield Hills Schools, shares "The students have learned all about water; how we find, transport, use or dispose of it. There are forty-eight FIRST Lego League teams represented at the State Championship competition being held here at Bloomfield Hills High School." Bloomfield Hills Schools had two lego teams that qualified for the state championship this year, one from East Hills, the Greatest Engineered Kids of Tomorrow (G.E.K.O.T.) and from Bloomfield Hills Middle School, the Motor City Maniacs."