We’re working right now on a last-minute website fix. Bringing information and links up to date, mostly.
Dennis captured the highlight of the competition at 1:45 into the video
We will be at the West Michigan Regional Invitational this Saturday the 24th of October. It lets the new team members experience what a competition is like. It is at Zeeland West High School 3390 100th Ave. Zeeland, MI 49464. If you need Directions, Click Here. Hope to see you there!
We will be at the East Kentwood Homecoming Festival on September 25th from 4:30 to 6:30. We will be demoing the Recycle Rush Robot from last year, as well as the Frisbee Shooter. The address to the high school is 6230 Kalamazoo Ave, Kentwood, MI 49508. When entering from the Kalamazoo entrance you will come to a 3 way stop, turn right at that stop sign and go straight back. You will see the entrance to the baseball/softball complex on your right. If by chance mother nature decides to change her mind about the weather, the event will take place inside our field house and small gym. Come out and support your local School, and help us raise funds for some of the East Kentwood High School sports teams.
Welcome to Red Storm’s 2015 blog! We are team 3875 from East Kentwood High School, and we are psyched about this year’s challenge: Recycle Rush!
Immediately after the kickoff, the team worked through possible general strategies, as well as some basic design options. At the first meeting the following Monday, we discussed more design choices, and began creating designs and prototypes for different parts of the bot. Admittedly, the week was somewhat slow, but now our design plans are becoming more solid, and fabrication will hopefully start in the next week.
As for this website, updates have and will continue to become more regular, as the team as a whole returns to a more active schedule. We are currently in the process of updating the information pages for the new game, team, and schedule, as well as going through routine updates and improvements.
Look for more updates to this blog and website in the weeks ahead as our team goes through a challenging and exciting fifth season.
Red Storm Robotics entered the pre-season of its third year somewhat roughly, after many of the last year’s key student members graduated and others had not returned for different reasons. That fall, we worked hard to gather almost an entirely new team of talented students, and arranged for mentors and the more skilled students to instruct the newer members. By the start of the real season in January, it was hard to tell that most of the students at the meetings had never been on the team before.
After an underwhelming ’11-’12 season, Red Storm made a decision to work harder than ever to produce the best robot it could for 2013. Right from the kickoff, the team began meeting for three hours a day, five days a week. The rigorous meeting schedule gave us plenty of time to create a high-quality robot, but left many students and adults feeling overwhelmed. The crucial efforts of the Marketing and Spirit Team, however, helped counteract this, and kept Red Storm working hard through what otherwise would have been six grueling weeks of robot building.
At the team’s first competition at Gull Lake High School, a well-made robot, thanks to the hard work of the electrical and mechanical teams, and a top-notch drive team carried Red Storm to the elimination rounds, where it put up an excellent effort, but was unfortunately defeated. Two weeks later, at the Grand Valley West Michigan Districts, the team also put up a good fight in the qualifying rounds, but was not selected for the qualifying rounds. Although the team did not win at its competitions, most of the students felt satisfied with the team’s performance and their own, and many students reported the influence it had on their career plans and academic success.
The game for 2012, “Ultimate Ascent”, involved building and programming a robot capable of shooting or placing plastic disks into five different goals at four heights. Matches are conducted with two three-team alliances. The first 15-second period of the game was Autonomous mode, in which the robot must function without human control. The remaining two minutes are called “tele-op mode”. During this time, the goal is simply to score as many goals as possible. In the last 30 seconds, the robots can climb a up 30-inch rungs on a ladder-like tower to score extra points. At the end of the match, all points are totaled and a winning alliance is announced.
March 7th-8th: Gull Lake District at Gull Lake High School
March 22nd-23rd: West Michigan District at GVSU Allendale Campus