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.

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.

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!

Lakeview District Results

This past weekend we attended the FiM Lakeview District at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, Michigan.

During qualifications we held onto first place with a final qualifying record of 11-1-0.  2017-03-04 19.45.47

We then became Alliance #1 Captain.  We selected Team 830, The RatPack and Team 5685, The Robo Terriers.  Unfortunately, we were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

However, during the awards we won the District Chairman’s Award!  

The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.

It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists.” — from FIRST’s website

 

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