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“I’ve been involved with FIRST for a long time, and it’s honestly a big reason why I’m an engineer now,” said Michael Schreiber, a Mechanical Engineering senior who will work for General Motors after graduation.
Victoria Sprague, a senior who co-ops with Disney in Orlando, also talked to high school students and families on Kettering’s behalf “FIRST really helped me learn hands-on engineering and project development skills,” Sprague said.
“They discover that engineering and science can be fun while they are also learning practical skills.
FIRST is a perfect fit for Kettering’s experiential learning model because of the hands-on activities, problem solving skills under intense pressure, teamwork and leadership skills that are required of participants.” Kettering University’s presence at the international competitions included admissions counselors who discussed requirements with high school students in attendance and current Kettering students who were also FIRST Robotics alumni.
You get the competitive aspect at competitions, but you also get to talk with the other teams and really share each other’s successes too.” Matthew Hoskins Holly FIRST Team 68 - Truck Town Thunder “In FIRST, you’re building robots, but you are also building friendships,” said Hoskins.“You not only get to work with other students, you get to learn from and meet expert engineers.This is a really valuable experience to get before you get to college.”“My brother started in FIRST and he loved it.“It was a great experience.” Top row (left to right): Kyle Fagan, Matthew Hoskins, Jack Sabelhaus, Andrew Harris, Joseph Smith, Riley Mc Garry.Bottom row (left to right): Jason Drouillard, John Greiner, Trevor Wade, Melissa Mikolowski, Everett Owen.
See Kettering University's photos from FIRST Nationals on Facebook.