Grandville schools in new partnership withi Westwood AI for robotics center

GRANDVILLE–Officials with the Grandville Public Schools announced a five-year partnership with Westwood AI for naming rights to the school district’s new Robotics Competition Center.

Westwood AI provides machine learning and artificial intelligence integration services to public and private sector clients. The company is providing $50,000 a year for five years to support advanced robotics development and competition at the Grandville center. Naming rights sponsors for the facility, one of the largest built-for-purpose robotics competition centers in the country, are being coordinated through the Grandville Academic Team Boosters.

“We are excited to have a partner for our robotics programs with deep machine learning and artificial intelligence experience,” Grandville schools superintendent Roger Bearup said. “We are grateful for their support of this competition space and we know it will create new advanced competition opportunities for our scholars.”

Added Westwood AI founder Dakoyta Greenman: “We are so excited to be partnering with Grandville Public Schools and to provide funding that will positively impact students across the region through development of increasingly advanced robotics capabilities and competitions. We appreciate the Grandville RoboDawgs’ long history of success and are very excited to see the evolution of this amazing program in this new competition center.”

And Doug Hepfer, president of the Grandville Academic Team Boosters, added: “The Grandville robotics program serves hundreds of Grandville Public School students, and thousands of competitors from across North America. We have embraced change as a constant, and our programs expose students to leading-edge technology as we enhance their education. We started racing autonomous boats on area lakes in 2010. More than a decade ago, our RoboDawgs were the first competitive robotics team to build, program, and fly autonomous aerial vehicles. We are leaders in building autonomous competitive robots and we are very excited to partner with Westwood AI to develop more advanced robotics competitions using AI to enhance robot autonomy.

Beginning with one high school robotics team in 1998, the Grandville robotics program has now grown to include more than 100 teams. More than 700 students participate on Grandville robotics teams, designing, building, and programming robotics for competitions around the world. Grandville fields more than 20 Lego League and VEX IQ teams made up of fourth through sixth graders. These students go on to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition at the middle school and high school. The district fields middle school drone teams in the RECF Aerial Drone Competition. The Grandville High School RoboDawgs are one of the United States’ largest and most accomplished high school robotics teams. Grandville High School also fields teams that compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, VEX AI, and Bell Advanced Vertical Robotics. More at

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