Detroit Public School’s Finney Highlanders competed at the 2011 FIRST Robotics’ Detroit District Event hosted by Wayne State University

Finney Highlanders

Finney Highlanders

After a demanding six-week robot build season, the third-year Finney Highlanders were competing for the first time this year.  With a rough start to the qualification matches, Finney’s Team was ranked 36th of 40.  The #1 seeded team—The Thunderchickens from Utica Community Schools—saw beyond the rankings and selected Finney with their second pick to compete with them in the Saturdayafternoon NCAA-style elimination tournament.  Finney accepted the invitation to join Utica and Wings of Fire from the Pontiac School District, as the #1 alliance.

After a hard fought battle, the alliance emerged victorious as the 2011 Detroit District Event Winners and brought home the gold medals.  This is the first time the Highlanders have won an event, and they are thrilled.  Finney thanked the other teams for the opportunity to join their alliance, as well as for the patience and support they were shown as they adapted to the alliance’s needs.

Detroit Finney High School’s robotics team has been established for three years, under the guidance of two mentors who are engineers with General Motors, Tito Huffman and Mark Kramarczyk. The mentors volunteer their time to teach the principles of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and everyday life skills to Detroit Public School students at Finney High School on Detroit’s eastside.  You can find out more about Finney Highlander Robotics at

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