2012 – 2013

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.

2013 Competitions

March 7th-8th: Gull Lake District at Gull Lake High School

March 22nd-23rd: West Michigan District at GVSU Allendale Campus


Students 2012-2013


102_2235Name: Julian

Job: CAD

Position: Captain of Marketing, Spirit, and Organization

IMG_2566Name: Dominic

Job: Programming

Position: Captain of Robot Building and Drive Team


102_2239Name: Deepak

Job: Programming

Position: Main Programmer

102_2240Name: Michael

Job: Mechanical

Position: Hopper

102_2221Name: Lauren

Job: CAD

Position: Captain of the drive team, and Fabrics

102_2228Name: Dre

Job: Mechanical

Position: Batteries

102_2226Name: Devon

Job: Mechanical

Position: Drive team

102_2229Name: Steven

Job: Mechanical

Position: Head of batteries

102_2227Name: Elias

Job: Marketing/spirit

Position: Safety Captain

IMG_2572Name: Kelvin
Job: Mechanical
Position: Pit Crew
102_2236Name: Jordyn
Job: Marketing/spirit
Position: Marketing 2nd Captain
IMG_2565Name: Sam
Job: Marketing/Spirit
Position: Scouter


Name: Lucas
Job: Mechanical
Position: Pneumatics

IMG_2568Name: Jeremiah
Job: Mechanical
Position: Google’s Replacement and Drive Team


Gull Lake District Competition

In 2013 Team 3875 attended the Gull Lake District Competition as it did in 2012. This competition took place at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan on March 7-8. It was the team’s first competition of the 2013 season.

At the competition, Red Storm played well through Friday and Saturday morning, and ended up being the leader of the #6 alliance in the elimination matches. However, the alliance lost in the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, the team’s performance was steady and positive.

Our Alliance Partners:
FIRST Team 2611 – Jacktown Vectors from Jackson, MI
FIRST Team 4408 – Pennfield Panthers from Battle Creek, MI

For more information on FIRST in Michigan, go to their website at firstinmichigan.org. To learn more about the Gull Lake competition itself, go here.

Gull Lake High School
7753 N. 34th Street
Richland, MI 49083



  • Business Plan
  • Chairman’s Award Essay
  • Safety Animation Video
  • Entrepreneurship Award – WE WON!
  • Woodie Flowers Award
  • New team and individual pictures
  • Sponsor calls and visits
  • FRC Competition at East Kentwood High School
  • Chairman’s Video

Working On

  • Preparing for the next competition at Gull Lake

Upcoming Activities

  • March 13 and 14-FRC Competition at Gull Lake

West Michigan District Competition at GVSU

As in 2011 and 2012, in 2013 FIRST team 3875 attended the West Michigan District Competition at the Grand Valley State University fieldhouse in Allendale on March 22-23, 2013. This was Red Storm’s second competition of the season.

More information on the event can be found on the FIRST in Michigan website at firstinmichigan.org. More information on this competition itself can be found here.

Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9401

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