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GM Powertrain/Pontiac Northern "Huskies" Bring Home National FIRST Robotics Title


16 GM Sponsored Teams competed against 280 from North and South America

4-18-03/ Thousands of high school students from the U.S., Canada, and South America wrapped up spirited competition on Saturday, April 12, at the FIRST National Competition in Houston. The event is a showcase of the engineering and technical talent of students from around the country.

The GM Powertrain Pontiac Northern Team brought home the top prize as part of the winning alliance that worked together through the highly competitive elimination tournament. The Huskies were well prepared this season with top tier finishes in regional competitions and winners of the prestigious Chairman's Award at the Ypsilanti Great Lakes Regional.

The game involves stacking storage containers and jockeying for position on an elevated playing field. With four robots working in the arena at the same time, pushing, shoving and physical contact between the robots was the name of the game.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest that immerses high school students in the exciting world of engineering. Teaming up with engineers from businesses and universities, students get hands-on, inside look at engineering and technical professions. In six intense weeks, students and engineers' work together to brainstorm, design, construct and test their "champion robot." The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks.

More than 20,000 students participated in 23 Regional Events this year. Every year, the competition is changed, and all details are kept secret from the participants until a “Kick-Off” workshop, where the current year’s challenges are revealed.  This way, each team competing must come completely unprepared, and design their robots on the spot, making for a fun and challenging contest. 

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