Free, family-friendly event open to everyone. Kentwood Public Schools and Red Storm Robotics are excited to host the 2017 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament. 32 Middle School teams from around West Michigan will be competing with robots they built over the last two months. FIRST is For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, and uses the sports model and robot to excite students in STEM fields. The top robotics teams will advance to the Michigan state FIRST Tech Challenge competition held in December.