FIRST Robotics competitions kicked off the beginning of March, including an event at Southfield High School in Michigan. Students, cheered on by hundreds of fans, played with industrial size robots they designed, built and programmed to compete in two-minute, 30 second rounds on a ~1450 ft field. This year’s field was designed to mimic an old school video game. FIRST Robotics combines the excitement and intensity of a varsity or professional sport, with hands-on training in science and technoligy to help students discover how rewarding a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) can be.
Denise Carlson, VP of North America Production Innovation Center at DENSO’s Southfield, Michigan, location, was on-site, as she worked closely with a team of students to prepare for the competition. DENSO has backed FIRST for more than 15 years and donated more than $800,000.
“I am so thrilled to be able to mentor this next generation, these young students – both boys and girls – toward leadership roles in science and engineering, as well as business and program management,” said Carlson. “At DENSO, we’re committed to being a good corporate citizen, and working with and inspiring the workforce of tomorrow can help our future leaders succeed within their local communities and the global marketplace.”Tags: Leadership Perspectives