Twenty-two area robotics teams from 11 different schools put their technical skills to the test at the annual Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association (OCCRA) Middle School Championships. This Middle School Robotics Tournament pits 2-robot alliances against opponents in the game from the VEX corporation. This year's game was called "Nothing But Net." Robots had to score balls into net structures of various heights in both autonomous and radio-controlled modes. The teams of middle school students competed for over 5 hours before the champion alliance emerged. This OCCRA Middle School League is a STEM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) made possible by the generous support of Premiere Sponsor DTE Energy Foundation and the Michigan Works! Agency. Their sponsorship supplied schools with the VEX robotics kits that students used to engineer their robots. Schools pay $50 to participate. A panel of judges recognizes teams for their achievements in a variety of technical and workplace areas.