Inside this small classroom at Detroit's Greenfield Union Elementary School — where a rookie team of robotics students was working on building a robot on a recent day —there may well be a future scientist. Or mathematician. Or computer expert.
These kids are part of a surge in robotics teams in the Detroit Public Schools Community District — a growth from 17 to 53 teams in one year — that's happening at the most auspicious time for robotics in Michigan.
The world robotics championships is coming to Detroit in April, an event that will draw 40,000 robotics enthusiasts to the city and millions of dollars in economic impact. It's the first time the event is being held in Michigan, a robotics powerhouse that has 508 high school teams this year — the most of any state in the country. California, with 314 teams, is second.