September 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Snyder, robot join thousands on Mackinac Bridge walk

A robot named 'Fighting Pi', built by Team 1718 of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Macomb County crosses the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge on Monday. (John L. Russell / AP)

St. Ignace— Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge, and this year the crowd was were joined by a robot from Macomb County.

Gov. Rick Snyder led the annual trek Monday across the five-mile-long bridge.

He walked with a robot that was constructed for the occasion by the FIRST robotics team from the Macomb Academy of Arts and Sciences in Armada.

FIRST is a program that encourages young people to learn about science and technology.

Several of the program’s students, teachers and mentors joined Snyder and the robot, which can travel up to 10 mph and is known as “The Pi Guy.”

Michigan Lt .Gov. Brian Calley, left and Gov. Rick Snyder reach for ... (John L. Russell / AP)
Walkers cross the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge during the Labor Day walk ... (John L. Russell / AP)