Red Storm Robotics
Red Storm Robotics seeks to inspire high-school students in science, technology and leadership while participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition and other hands-on technology programs.
Our Goal is to create a strong sustainable robotics team that will:
- Welcome students and make them feel like an important part of the team.
- Teach skills in technology, including mechanics, electronics, programming, Computer-aided Design, website building, animation, machining, creativity and other areas related to robotics competitions.
- Teach associated skills including marketing, administration, communication, photography, leadership, budgeting, project planning and other areas necessary to run an FRC team.
- Allow team members to work with adult mentors in engineering fields
- Effectively compete while following the FIRST theme of Gracious Professionalism.
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was established in 1989, with the competitive season initiating in 1992. FIRST uses robotics as a “varsity sport for the mind” to engage students in science and technology.
In December 2010, FIRST of Michigan asked East Kentwood High School (EKHS) and GE
Aviation to establish a FIRST Robotics team.
The Red Storm Robotics Team 3875 at EKHS was formed in January 2011, and immediately
began the 2011 FIRST Robotics build season. The 2011 challenge was “LogoMotion”. East Kentwood members built a robot for the purpose of picking up tubes and placing them on racks. Students from the Crestwood and Pinewood Middle School’s FIRST Lego League teams built a “mini-bot” that deployed from the main robot and raced to the top of a tall pole. The mini-bot was fundamental to achieving the “Top Rookie Seed” award at the West Michigan district competition held at Grand Valley State University. Red Storm Robotics also competed at the Niles district competition. The team did well enough to earn an invitation to compete at the state championship. Due to significant financial cost, and over-lap with EKHS Spring break, the team chose not to participate.
With such a late start, Red Storm Robotics did not have time to plan or organize the team and it showed at times. However, the team will continue to excite students not only about science and technology, but also leadership, cooperation, good character, and gracious professionalism.
What inspires you, EK?
This handbook is to help guide the team members and team mentors on what is expected, and how the team works together.