FIRST Robotics Team 1317

We’re Going to the FIRST Championship!

At the Miami Valley Regional FIRST robotics competition last weekend, Digital Fusion Team 1317, a community-based team out of Westerville, Ohio, won a coveted spot to advance to the FIRST Championship in Detroit, MI, to be held April 24-27, 2019.

Sixty high school robotics teams from eight states participated in the regional competition at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the 2019 competition theme is “Destination: Deep Space.” The competition game rules were released January 5, 2019. Across the world, teams had to stop work on February 19, 2019, 11:59 pm EST, capping off six weeks of designing and building a robot to climb multi-level platforms as well as securing ‘hatch panels’ and loading ‘cargo.’ Robots could not exceed 125 lbs., and no prefabricated parts were used

Additional regional competitions will be held across the globe through March to fill the remaining spots at the FIRST Championship. Between competitions, robots must remain in bags and untouched.

Digital Fusion is organized under Educational Robotics of Central Ohio (ERCO), a STEM education nonprofit formed in 2004. The team is sponsored by Honda, American Electric Power, Meijer, Nestle, and Otterbein University. All strategy, design and build sessions for the robot are held at The Point, Otterbein University’s state-of-the-art STEAM Center, where the team also holds summer science camps for elementary school-aged kids. To register for those camps, visit

Digital Fusion is currently raising funds to pay the registration fee and travel costs to Detroit for the Championship. To donate, visit All donations, which will be made out to ERCO, are tax-deductible.