ST. LOUIS – Someday, the high-energy teenagers competing at the FIRST Robotics World Championship may be the ones designing some future successor to this Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.
In fact, General Motors is counting on it. That’s why the automaker sponsors 74 teams in the international competition. In fact, the company estimates that it has reached 10,000 students – in the last year alone.
We were in St. Louis because our son is a member of the H.O.T. Team #67, which is a partnership between GM’s Milford Proving Grounds and Huron Valley Schools in Milford, Mich. Every year, proving ground engineers with the highly decorated team mentor the high school students as they build a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST introduces a new game every year so each robot has to be designed to play that year’s game.
The goal behind FIRST is to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM). And GM is hoping some of those young people might be the next designers, engineers and technologists who will make some future generation of what is generally recognized as the automaker’s best car.
Truth be told, the current version is already pretty good.