MASON, MI (WLNS) - Mason High School had a competitive day Friday, hosting the Lansing FIRST Robotics District Competition.
Students interested in robotics from 40 different school districts entered the competition.
They were able to showcase and use their hand-built remote-controlled-robots to score as many goals as possible during a timed match.
FIRST in Michigan president Gail Alpert says the process of building a robot teaches students more than just engineering skills.
"We use this vehicle because it's tangible. And they can experience all aspects of science and technology. From programming, to mechanical, to electrical, numatics, marketing. All the entrepreneurial things that they need. Each team is like a small business," said Alpert.
The state of Michigan has invested $5 million in the past two years to allow school districts to experience the robotics event each year.