2022 Gray Season Recap

With an eventful season, Gray team learned a lot and have a lot more to learn. The Gray team consistent of 9 middle school students. For all of the students, this were their first year with FIRST but that didn’t stop them from having a great season. They had the help of parents and technical mentors and the team ended up with a theme of sharks. In the picture below, the gray team is represented.


With the short time frame that was available to the gray team, they were still able to create a great robot. Gray team is happy to present…..


Robot Abilities

  • 4 wheel tank drive
  • 2 traction wheels in back 
  • 2 omni wheels in front
  • Stationary intake in front that push into box that held freight
  • 3 stage linear lift to dump freight into alliance shipping hub
  • wheel to spin the carousel


This was the event that Red Storm Robotics hosted and it was proven to be a tough event. With it being a week one event and the competition tougher at the event, Gray team would rank 17th out of 30. This was the first time that gray team would see their robot on the field, they would see the flaws in their design. The team would go to average 4 freight total and 3 ducks during the end game but that wouldn’t be enough to make it to the playoffs. Gray team would have a record of 2-3 with having our height match not count which showed in the ranking. Gray team would go on to have a average score per match of 71 and know where they could improve at.


The Gray team made robot improvements and went to the east side of the state to Kettering. The robot would now have encoders on the linear lift and increase the speed of the carousel motor. There was also a servo to help get rid of the dead zones on the intake but with those changes, the robot wasn’t completely dialed in until halfway through the competition. With this event being the week right before states, teams who have competed in previous weeks, came out strong. That didn’t stop Gray team from improving at the event. Gray team would go 3-2 event with some robot hiccups. Gray would go to average 5 freight and 9 ducks at the event which would improve their average score from the last event to 103. Even with that score, Gray would still rank 17th out of 36. The team learned a lot of the two events that they attend, and will take what they learned this season and hit the ground running next season.

Gray team would like to thank all their parent mentors, technical mentors and sponsors for all the help they provided this season. The team would not be able to have such a fun season without the help. Gray team would also like to thank everyone who volunteer at the events that they attend.

Gray Team History

This is showing the awards and placements of Red Storm Gray.

Year Game Description Competition Ranking Awards





Kentwood (Hosting) Placed 17th out of 30  
GRAYT Kettering

Ranked 17th of 29


2021 Canceled due to Covid-19  







Kentwood (Hosting)

Ranked 12th of 29

Second pick of 4th alliance

1st place motivate Award

3rd place Inspire Award

GRAYT Kettering

Ranked 9th of 35

Second pick of 4th alliance


Michigan States Champions 



Ranked 35 of 36




Middle school FTC Informational Meeting

Kentwood Middle School Students:

It is almost the start of the middle school robotics season for Red Storm Robotics. Come build robots with us!

There will be an information meeting for students and parents on Thursday August 26th, 6:30pm-8pm at the EK Freshman Campus Robotics Build Space (entrance at the back of the building). This will be an evening of hands-on fun for students, and valuable information about the robotics season for the parents. We will cap off the event with ice cream sundaes for all! Please bring face masks for our indoor activities, as per KPS guidelines.

Can’t make Thursday’s meeting, but still interested? Please email trista.vandervoord@redstormrobotics.com or call 616-901-1095 for further details.

Red Storm Summer Sessions

Starting on Thursday June 7th, we will have weekly Robotics Summer Sessions for both FRC and FTC teams, which encompass grades 6 through 12.

These sessions will comprise of skill building sessions, so when the competition seasons begin the student team members can be ready to “hit the ground running” with the tools and skills needed to make it a fun, enjoyable and successful build season.

Come join us at our Build Space in the East Kentwood Freshman campus.  (See the google map for location in the building–it is best to enter the build space from the outside door)

Rover Ruckus Kick Off

On September 9th, Red Storm FTC will be meeting at our new build space at 8:20am, and leaving shortly thereafter for GVSU.  There we will have chassis build workshops and watch this year’s challenge streamed across the world at the same time.

We plan on being back to our build space around 3:30pm.

If you haven’t seen the teaser, check it out here:


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