In the Media

Robots to invade Detroit for global competition

Robotics will take center stage later this month when tens of thousands of students from across the world descend on Detroit for the competition. The FIRST Championship — in which student teams battle robots on a playing field — marks the first time the event will be held in Michigan, and it arrives in the Motor City at a time when interest and participation in robotics have exploded across the state, organizers say.

This Michigan initiative is using big ideas to try and solve the problem of poverty

The causes of poverty deserve ongoing study, but a program from the University of Michigan is taking on its effects. Poverty Solutions was launched in 2016 as a university-wide initiative to combat the effects of poverty and share that knowledge with others. It takes community groups and pairs them with university resources to give students and other U of M staff the chance to make a difference.

Qualcomm opens Thinkabit Lab in UM Detroit Center

Qualcomm Inc. will open its new Thinkabit Lab in the Michigan Engineering Zone in Detroit at a private event Thursday afternoon.
In collaboration with the University of Michigan College of Engineering, the program’s goal is to help close the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills gap. Officials expect the initiative to reach 1,500 Detroit-area high school students in its first year before expanding to reach 3,000 middle and high school students annually.