Two full days of robot fun coming to Parker MS as Howell hosts First Tech district events

Robots from across the state will descend on Parker Middle School Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, when the Howell Highlander FIRST Robotics organization hosts two FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifier competitions.

Over the two days, more than 60 teams will compete with the hopes of advancing to the FIRST in Michigan State Finals. This year’s FTC competition game is Skystone. The object of the Skystone is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by locating and delivering Stones and Skystones from the Loading Zone to the Building Zone, building the highest Skyscraper, and placing the Capstone on the Skyscraper.

On both Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17, opening ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m., with the qualification, matches starting at 11 a.m. Following the qualification matches, alliance selections start at 4:45 p.m., and the elimination rounds will begin at 5 p.m. The closing ceremonies are set for 6:30 p.m. The Howell FTC Qualifier events are free to attend and open to the public.

Parker Middle School is located at 400 Wright Road, Howell, MI 48843. The FTC Howell FTC Qualifier will be held in the school’s field house, which is located on the east side of the school.

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