The Boyne City High School Robotics Team will host the regional 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 4.
FIRST competitions challenge student teams to design and build a robot designed to perform prescribed tasks against other competitors.
“We’re very exited to host this event,” said Boyne City High School principal Karen Jarema. “Having the kick-off in our community is quite an honor for our program.”
Students, under adult mentor guidance, also organize fund-raising, develop team skills and promote their efforts.
More than 250 students from 17 area schools will attend the event, which begins the six-week period during which teams are permitted to design and build their robot in advance of the competition season.
Students and mentors will attend workshops, learn from other teams, see robots from previous competitions, and hear about the 2014 challenge.
Boyne City’s team took a first-place honor in a district competition in Troy during the 2013 season.
This was Boyne City’s second year with a robotics team.
According to Jarema, anyone is welcome to attend the event to learn more about FIRST Robotics Competitions, and opportunities to contribute or serve as a mentor.
For more information, call Boyne City High School at (231) 439-8130.