Benton Harbor Robotics Team Headed To Detroit Area This Weekend

A FIRST Robotics Team representing Benton Harbor Area Schools will be in West Bloomfield this weekend taking part in a statewide championship. At a meeting of the school board Tuesday, students in the FIRST Lego League and the FIRST Technical Challenge were honored by trustees for taking part in those programs. Board President Joseph Taylor told WSJM News the Mega Bots will compete in that Detroit area event on Saturday.

“The Mega Bots are from Fairplain East,” Taylor said. “This is their third year as a program, and they had enough points to qualify for a state championship. That’s the first time we’ve done that for our Lego League in its three year existence.”

Taylor has personally worked with the various FIRST Robotics teams at Benton Harbor Area Schools for 14 years now.

“I was involved with both. I helped start the Fairplain East Lego League team in 2017, but the most recent one I was involved with was the one at ACA, which is the Fairplain Middle School.”

Taylor says since FIRST Robotics came to the high school, the program has been gradually rolled out to other levels. He tells us it feels great to see the kids get a chance to shine and travel. The board of education approved the Mega Bots trip to West Bloomfield during Tuesday’s meeting.