2012 Season Open House

On Friday, December 14th, 2012, East Kentwood will be hosting an open house to inform the community, including potential sponsors, about the team’s goals and operations. This event will begin at 5:30 PM and will take place in the EKHS auditorium. The event will include a demonstration of the robot and a presentation of information about team 3875 and FIRST as a whole. Red Storm Robotics values the support of everyone who attends.

Red Storm is hosting this event to educate the community about the team. As part of this, the main goals of the event are:

  • To introduce local companies to students on the team and explain opportunities to support them.
  • To give the community an opportunity to come and learn more about our robotics team.

There are many ways for sponsors to contribute to the team:

  • Providing financial support to cover competition fees and travel.
  • Supplying parts, equipment, services, and/or facilities.
  • Involving employees as mentors and/or volunteers.

As part of the community, we value your support in any form.

The event will be located at:
East Kentwood High School Auditorium
(6170 Valley Lane, Kentwood, MI 49508)

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Please RSVP any regrets by e-mail: rsvp@RedStormRobotics.com


West Michigan Robotics Invitational

Although the actual 2012 season is over, Red Storm Robotics attended the West Michigan Robotics Invitational on Saturday, October 20th, 2012. This competition did not count as a “real” FIRST competition, but aw otherwise like an in-season competition, with the same level of competition, atmosphere, and structure, and many of the same teams usually found at competitions in the West Michigan area. This competition was played using the 2012 FIRST game, Rebound Rumble. This competition allowed new team members to experience a FIRST competition during the off-season, preparing them for the real competitions in 2013, and to have fun at the same time.

The invitational’s website is here.

In the preliminary rounds, Red Storm went up and down in the rankings, but ultimately made it to nineth place, qualifying for the final rounds. It wound up selected for the alliance of the second-place team, but ultimately had to be replaced due to unexpected mechanical failure. However, the team is still proud of its relative success, and the competition was an excellent learning experience for all who attended.

Crestwood FLL Team

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In addition to its experimental FTC team, Crestwood Middle School is also home to two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. The original team was founded in 2010. As with the other FLL teams, they attended the FLL competition at Grandville High School in both 2010 and 2011, and won the “Inspiration Award” for their team’s effort in 2011. Since the EKHS team was founded in 2010, it has provided and received assistance from all the middle school teams, including Crestwood, and students from the Crestwood FLL team can go through further robotics programs like the Crestwood FTC and EKHS teams. In 2012, a second FLL team was created because of the high number of students who wanted to participate.

The team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:15 during the season.

More information on the FLL program can be found here, and the team’s school coach can be contacted at wendi.vogel@kentwoodps.org.

Here are some pictures from the latest season:

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FTC – Crestwood – 2012-09-11


Main Issues Questions Max Points
Rings to pegs What type of robot movement is   needed? Speed, Force? How many motors are needed?
How do you align robot up with pegs?
Are there ways that the robot could be less procise?
Which spot has best value?
How to change levels of arm?
How to pick up ring from dispensor?
How to let go of ring?
Lift robot Assume that last years robot is   what you are trying to lift.
How would you build a robot to lift last years robot?
The goal is 24 inches high, start with 1 inches. Need to control center of Mass, most robots will be lopsided because of arm.
How to handle center of mass?
24 inches = 30 + 5×23 =   145
12 inches = 30 + 5×11 = 85
Multiplier How to determine heavier ring? 660*.2=132
Place ring on peg during autonomous How do you align robot up with pegs? 50
Blocking Is it worth blocking (Stopping in a position) to minimize scoring?  





Competition Schedule

2012 Competitions

Gull Lake District Competition


West Michigan District at GVSU Allendale Competition


Michigan State Competition

Competition Information

Every so often, FIRST will also publish amendments to the rules, known as “team updates”. Read them here.

The game for this year, “Rebound Rumble,” requires the building and programing of a robot that can shoot a ball into four different baskets at three different heights. The first 15 seconds of the game is called “hybrid mode” where the Kinect Motion Sensor is used to control the robot. After hybrid, the next mode is called “tele-op.” During this time, the goal is to make as many baskets as possible. Finally, in the last 20 seconds, robots need to balance on the Coopertition Bridge. If robots from both Alliances are represented in the middle bridge, the robots will earn Coopertition Points. At the end, all points are totaled and the winner is announced!

Rebound Rumble video © FIRST

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