Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association

The Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association is a full-contact robotics competition, where participants build and control 120 pound robogladiators to place balls or achieve other goals while opponents stop them.

OCCRA generates enthusiasm for technical and academic disciplines such as design, engineering, physics and electronics, providing recognition and encouragement for students who devote their energies to these areas of studies. OCCRA participants not only learn practical applicable knowledge, but also the skills of working collaboratively in groups, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and quick thinking on their feet.

Unlike the FIRST robotics competition program, OCCRA robots are entirely student designed and built. The rules of the competition will allow for and encourage corporation partnerships but will not allow precise machining or processes that cannot be carried out in the schools.


Countywide robotics competition receives $20K grant from DTE Energy Foundation | January 2017

Foundation continues dedication to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across Oakland County

 WATERFORD, Mich. — The DTE Energy Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA), demonstrating the foundation’s continued investment in the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning initiative.

“The generous support from the DTE Energy Foundation allows us to continue offering this exciting, high-tech experience to Oakland County students and to maintain our focus on STEM skills imperative for 21st century jobs,” said Michael McIntyre, Oakland Schools STEM coordinator. “OCCRA gives students countywide an engineering challenge that motivates them with real-world applications for math and science, and celebrates their academic accomplishments with the same kind of recognitions given to students involved in sports and music.”

OCCRA hosts a countywide, student-led robotics competition managed by the Oakland Schools Career-Focused Education Department. In the full-contact robotics competition, teams maneuver 120-pound “robo gladiators” to pick up balls and attempt to score goals against a defending team’s robot.

“OCCRA meetings and competitions were a game-changer for me,” said Lisa Savage, a former OCCRA team member, and currently an engineer with Sundberg-Ferar. “Getting to see all of the parts coming together and functioning on the field was truly enlightening and inspired me to become a mechanical engineer. I am absolutely loving what I do, and I definitely have OCCRA to thank for that.”

The DTE Energy Foundation has contributed to OCCRA, and thereby the jobs and success of participating Oakland County students since 2003. This invaluable sponsorship has played a critical role in the program’s continued development, growth and improvement.

The latest grant will help fund robotics parts, components and competition equipment and help control competition costs. The grant was awarded to the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, which is affiliated with Oakland Schools.

“We are pleased to support the Oakland Schools Education Foundation at this time and extend our best wishes for continued success,” said Jennifer Whitteaker, DTE Energy Foundation vice president.


Learn more about the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association at http://bit.ly/OSrobotics.

Learn more about the DTE Energy Foundation at: http://bit.ly/DTEFound.


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Support OCCRA

OCCRA is a capstone program supported by the Oakland Schools Educational Foundation through the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. Your gift of support to OCCRA allows schools to offer free or reduced-priced kits and materials for schools and gives all students the opportunity to participate.

Make a Gift to Support the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association

Purchase a Keepsake Program Ad

Each year, OCCRA celebrates the achievements of its teams and students with an awards banquet. Businesses can purchase advertising space in the Keepsake Program in support of the OCCRA program.

 Keepsake Program Ad Form



OCCRA teams are supported by talented and dedicated professionals who share their technical knowledge in the design and operation of the robots. For more information on volunteering with your local OCCRA team, or with the OCCRA program, please contact Terri Kroll, 248-209-2432 or at terri.kroll@oakland.k12.mi.us.