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Making Robots

A photo of a high school student working on a robot at the MEZ.

Cass Technical High School students Yousif Obeid (right) and Nyja Johnson assemble the frame of a robot for the Cass Tech team to use in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Michigan Engineering Zone (MEZ) facility in Detroit. Made possible by Michigan Engineering, the MEZ is a safe and supportive forum where Detroit students get access to the knowledge and tools they need to propel themselves toward higher education and careers in the STEM fields. Outfitted with computer labs complete with CAD software, a machine shop, robot testing area, and collaborative workstations, Detroit’s engineers and U-M faculty, staff, students, and alumni provide training and mentoring within an environment of learning, leadership, teamwork, and fun! In the MEZ’s flagship program, more than a dozen Detroit high schools and 230 students work to design, build, and test their robots for the FIRST Robotics Competition on February 15, 2017. Photo: Marcin Szczepanski, Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, Michigan Engineering.