Rep. Iden announces FIRST Robotics grants

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State Rep. Brandt Iden today announced 2.5 million dollars in state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams.

“FIRST teaches students the skills necessary to prepare them to be successful in the 21st century economy,” Iden said. “I am incredibly proud to support this program that will inspire young people to be science and technology leaders right here in our state.”

Kalamazoo RESA teams Stryke Force, Stryke Force Screaming Eagles, and Stryke Force Special Air Service were awarded $2,500, $1,300, and $1,300 respectively.  Eagle Elite and Eagle Strike teams from Schoolcraft were awarded $2,500 and $950.

“I look forward to seeing another world championship brought back to Kalamazoo County,” Iden said.

Since 2014, Michigan has invested $12 million into local FIRST teams. The world championships, planned for April 25-28, are expected to include nearly 60,000 students and 700 teams at Ford Field and Cobo Center in Detroit.

For further information, please contact Rep. Iden at 517-373-1774 or via email at Brandt

PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden recently welcomed local students to the Capitol for the annual FIRST robotics showcase.