Red Storm FRC at Worlds

For the first time ever, Red Storm Robotics FRC Team would go onto traveling to St. Louis to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship. We went onto competing in the Curie Division where we ranked 49th of 67 with a 3-7-0 record. We were selected to be a backup on the 5th Alliance, but unfortunately our alliance would be eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Our autonomous would be the best in the Curie Division, never missing the gear. While attending world’s the drive/programming team almost got our side autonomous to work which was a challenge for the team throughout the season. This functionality will be quite useful in our off-season competitions, Grand Rapids Girls and West Michigan Robotics Invitational. Our climber continued to show consistency during the matches which was reflected by the robot climbing in every match but two. We also were able to get all four rotors spinning in all matches but three. After the first day, we came to conclusion the team had the highest score for gears, climbing and autonomous but then would go down to fifth by the end of the second day.

Mini Fridge 5292 World Robot

Red Storm FTC at Worlds

Red Storm FTC held their own with a 2.5 week old robot against High School teams that had been working ever since kickoff. They finished qualification plays in Rank 55 out of 64 with a record of 1 – 6 – 2. It was at least cool to partner with another Michigan Team in Qualification Round 131.

I’m proud of the team as they kept their spirits up and enjoyed the experience of being at Worlds. I think we’re spoiled now with a 9×9 pit for FTC after typically only having a table at other events.

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped put this new Robot together, especially Pat. Our new “mini-fridge” was the nicest looking robot in either division.

Michigan State Championship

For the third time in our team history, we’ve been able to qualify for the Michigan State Championship.  This marks the second time we’ve actually been able to attend.

At the Michigan State Championship we were seeded into the DTE Energy Foundation Division.  In qualification play, we finished in rank 14 with a record of 5 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie.

We were the second pick of the 7th alliance, captained by The Power Chargers, Team 894.  Our other alliance partner was the Robostangs, Team 548.  Sadly we lost to the 2nd alliance in the quarterfinals.

Low Goal Robot, 2017 FIRST Steamworks

Red Storm FRC Headed to State

On Wednesday a small “strike force” of Red Storm Team members and mentors will head to Saginaw Valley State University to set up our Pit and get ready for competition.

Thanks to our performance at Lakeview and a good showing at Kentwood we have qualified for the Michigan State Championships.  There we will compete with our Robot and also for Chairman’s.

Good luck Red Storm Robotics, may we do well enough to earn a slot to Worlds to join our FTC Team there.

Kentwood Competition Wrap-up

This year we hosted our 3rd FIRST Robotics Competition District Event.  It was one of the best running ones yet.  Thanks to everyone on the planning committee and all of the volunteers who helped make this event hum along.  

We were featured in a few news outlets, M-live had an article.  Fox 17 has some coverage.  We were also featured on the front page of the local Advance.

After qualification our team was ranked 25th among some pretty heavy competition.  We were then selected as the 2nd pick of the 8th alliance.  Unfortunately we were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the eventual event winners, That One Team, Stryke Force and The Iron Giants.

Red Storm FTC to attend FIRST World Championship

For the first time ever, the Red Storm FTC will be heading to the World Championship which will be taking place at Union Station in St. Louis, MO from April 26 – April 29, 2017. This is such an exciting opportunity for our team! They will be joining 127 other teams from more than 50 countries. The team is very excited for the opportunity to meet and compete with so many different high school and middle school teams in the Velocity Vortex game. The next two weeks will be extremely busy as the team overhauls their robot and begin preparations for the upcoming trip.

In addition to the competition, the team will have the opportunity to get in some other neat activities such as a variety of conferences to attend or “A Night at the Ballpark” where FIRST teams have the chance to participate in a pre-game field parade at Busch Stadium. The team may also join in the FedEx Innovation Challenge which is a social-media-based competition consisting of math and science problems, scavenger hunt activities, trivia and more in which they could get a chance to win up to $5,000 for their team. Or perhaps they may get some time in their busy schedule to do some good old sight seeing! Wish us luck!

Be sure to check back or keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates! You can also find out more about the FIRST World Championship at www.firstchampionship.org/st-louis-home

 

 

 

Low Goal Robot, 2017 FIRST Steamworks

Kentwood District Competition

Our next competition we’ll be hosting at our very own East Kentwood High School in the Fieldhouse.  This will be our third year hosting the FRC Competition, so we’re looking forward to it.

This is a Week Five Event, and FIRST in Michigan’s event info page can be found here.

We can always use volunteers to make this a smooth running event, so if you have some time, please sign up with FIRST on their VIMS system.

Event specific information can be found here.

Please make the time to come and cheer Red Storm onto a great showing!

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