First Robotics Teams

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District participates in FIRST Robotics.  Because of the current crisis, competitions for FIRST LEGO League Explore (FLLE), FIRST LEGO League Challenge (FLLC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) which usually compete in the fall have been delayed until March - May 2021. A virtual only option is available for FLL Explore and FLL Challenge. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) will compete during the regular winter season in 3 new virtual challenges.   

    High School (FRC): The ultimate varsity sport where teams of high school students and their industry mentors design and build large scale robots to battle in fierce 3 vs. 3 competitions on a 27’ x 54’ playing field. 

    Middle School (FTC): The premier middle school sport where teams of students, guided by mentors, design, and build 18”X 18” robots to battle in a FIRST designed game in a contest of ingenuity and innovation. 

    Upper Elementary (FLLC): Students engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering by building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game and completing a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.

    Lower Elementary (FLLE): FIRST LEGO League Explore gives early elementary school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts. Teams build a LEGO WeDo model and create a Show Me Poster to share their season.

    To start a robotics team in your school, contact Kevin Fite at