MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- High school robotics teams from around the U.P. gathered in Marquette Saturday. Marquette Senior High School hosted their 3rd annual robotics conference.
Throughout the day, students could attend a variety of workshops, training sessions, and discussions. Everything from programming and web design to team management and grant writing. Event organizers say the conference is about sharing life skills.
“A lot of the sessions that are being taught today are being taught by students,” said Jessica Donnell, Head Mentor of MSHS Robotics Team Cold Logic. “Those students, being able to stand in front of 20 other people of their peers, and teach something is a pretty unique skill to have.”
All high school robotics teams are a part of FIRST, or For Inspiring Robotics Science and Technology, a worldwide organization spanning 117 countries that organizes robotics competitions. FIRST awards around 6 million dollars in scholarships every year. The next U.P. robotics competition will take place next March in Iron Mountain.
A total of 6 teams and around 75 students attended Saturday’s conference. MSHS robotics events are free and open to the public.