FIRST rallied support for STEM education in Detroit on January 12 through an event at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Gov. Rick Snyder and Ken Morris, vice president of product integrity at General Motors, welcomed FIRST Founder Dean Kamen to Detroit; FIRST will bring its Championship event to the city in 2018 and will return each year, until at least 2020.
FIRST believes Detroit, as a hub for STEM innovation, thanks in large part to the automotive industry, is well-positioned to host this global event beginning in 2018. The 2018 event will take place April 25-28 with activities at both Cobo Center and Ford Field. There are currently 60 FIRST teams in the city of Detroit and nearly 1700 in the state of Michigan.