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Teams From Hopkins, Birmingham, And South Bend Win District Robotics Competition
Updated March 14, 2017 2:55 PM
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(ST. JOSEPH) - After two intense days of competing robots, robotics team 2960 - Automation Nation from Birmingham, Michigan, robotics team 2054 - Tech Vikes from Hopkins, Michigan, and robotics team 5484 - Career Academy Robotics - Memento Vitam from South Bend, Indiana have emerged as champions from the St. Joseph District Robotics Event.

In order to win, these teams were required to face 34 other teams from across Indiana and Michigan in a series of qualification matches. Team 2960 - Automation Nation from Birmingham, Michigan stellar performance put them as captain of the number four seeded alliance, allowing them to pick 2054 - Tech Vikes from Hopkins, Michigan and 5484 - Career Academy Robotics - Memento Vitam from South Bend, Indiana as alliance partners.

These teams' successful performance will help catapult them towards qualification to the Indiana District Championship in Huntington, IN while also earning them a significant number of district points. Additional teams will also qualify for the championship based on their performance at one more of three additional district competitions, held at Perry Meridian High School (March 24th-25th).

This event wouldn't have been possible without support from the following 2017 FRC® Indiana District Tippecanoe Event & IndianaFIRST State-Wide Sponsors: Tippecanoe School Corporation, AndyMark, Rolls-Royce, Renaissance Electronic Services, University of Indianapolis, Rarebird, Software Engineering Professionals,, 80/20, Inc., Allied Automation, Barnes & Thornburg, Cook, Dow AgroSciences, MTD, Cargill, Amazon, Raytheon, &


About Team 2960 Automation Nation

About Team 2054 Tech Vikes

About Team 5484 Career Academy Robotics - Memento Vitam

2017 Event Detail - IN District - St. Joseph Event

2017 Event Information - IN District - St. Joseph Event

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Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who introduced the IBOT Mobility System and the Segway® Human Transporter (HT), FIRST was created to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools, and their communities. The FIRST Robotics Competition anticipates over 3,100 teams in the U.S. and 24 countries worldwide to compete in 53 Regional Events and 65 District Events. Thousands of students will compete at the district, state and regional events to earn a spot at the World Championship to be held April 27-30 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO.

"FIRST isn't about competing, it's about cooperating, and recognizing that if you have the right tools, you'll be able to make this world a better place for yourself and for the country," said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST Founder, adding, "There is no stimulus package that will have as much return as stimulating a bunch of kids to become the workforce of the future, the problem solvers, the creators of the future."

This season, participating FIRST students are eligible to apply for more than $50 million in scholarships being made available by nearly 200 scholarship providers.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $25 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

About IndianaFIRST
IndianaFIRST is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in the state of Indiana. FIRST is a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform our culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, IndianaFIRST brings FIRST programming to students in grades K-12, teaching them hands-on skills in engineering, science, and technology that they can relate back to their class work. Kids compete against other kids in district, state, and world championship competitions in what is frequently called "The Super Bowl of Smarts."

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