Kokomo to host IndianaFIRST Robotics State Championship April 14-16 at Memorial Gym

The IndianaFIRST robotics state championship is coming to Kokomo’s Memorial Gym on April 14, 15 and 16 as teams of students from schools around the state will compete for the right to advance to World Championship in St. Louis. Kokomo hosted a district competition in 2015, which was the City’s first hosted robotic event.

“This is a great event that showcases students and their achievements in science, technology engineering and math,” said Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight. “This competition creates real-world engineering experiences for participating students. Developing a passion for these subjects is vital to our future success as a community and state.”

There are 49 ranked teams in Indiana that take part in FIRST robotics competitions, including three teams locally. Kokomo High School’s TechnoKats are ranked No. 7 while Northwestern High School’s Cybertooth is No. 9 and Western High School’s PantherTech is No. 13.

IndianaFIRST is an organization dedicated to growing FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics programs in the state of Indiana. Founded in the fall of 2001 as the Indiana-based affiliate of FIRST, IndianaFIRST brings FIRSTprogramming 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.

More information is available at www.indianafirst.org