Red Storm Robotics is excited to announce our 2021 summer program from July 26-29. All middle and high school students for the upcoming school year are welcome and no experience is necessary. Meetings will be 6:00-8:00 PM over four days (Monday-Thursday) at our team meeting and build space in the East Kentwood Freshman Campus. The camp offers a beginner-friendly opportunity to build and program a simple working robot in a small group in just a few days and test it out in a friendly competition with other groups. Skills from this camp are useful, though not required, for any students interested in joining our middle and high school teams in the fall/winter (while all students are welcome at our summer camp, team membership is currently limited to Kentwood Public Schools students).
To sign up for our mailing list and RSVP for the camp, please fill out this form. If the form doesn’t work, or you have any other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team space is on the back side of theFreshman Campus (not the main entrance/parking lot). The EKHS complex has had major renovations to its roads/parking lots which are unfortunately not yet shown in most map apps. From the Kalamazoo Avenue entrance, drive past the main high school building and freshman campus, turn right onto Transportation Drive and then another right turn (through the woods, after a Pinewood Middle School parking lot). From 60th Street, Transportation Drive will be on your left past the middle school, then take the same right turn. Our door has a sidewalk up to it and will be clearly marked.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!