Red Storm is the FIRST Robotics Competition team from East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan. We began our first season in late December of 2010. With support from General Electric and JCPenny, FRC team 3875 was led by a few EK teachers and motivated students.
At our first competition at Grand Valley State University (2011), we won an award for “Highest Rookie Seed”: 11th out of 40th place! We also earned 13th seed (place) out of 34 in our competition at Niles. We ended up qualifying for state with 58th place out of 64, but decided not to go due to financial reasons.
Our second year was similarly hectic, but we were generally better prepared because of the additional experience. We attended two competitions, once again, at GVSU and Niles. However, technical issues as well as the unexpected level of competition meant that Red Storm did not make it into the finals or win any awards at either competition. Nonetheless, the year was a good learning experience, and represented significant improvements in the team’s organization, finances, and knowledge.
The team started its third season in January 2013. After weeks of hard work, the team developed a high-quality robot that met and surpassed its plans for the season. Red Storm made it to the elimination rounds of the Gull Lake District Competition but did not make it to the final rounds. The team also performed well at the GVSU West Michigan Districts but was not selected for the elimination rounds.
In the fall of 2013, Red Storm started preparing for its fourth season. Many old members returned, along with several new faces, including a new coach. The first major event for the pre-season was the West Michigan Robotics Invitational at Zeeland High School, where the team made it to the elimination rounds.
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