We made it to the State Championship (event page)!! This is the big one for the state. These will be the top 32 teams in our state, from Excellence and Design awards to Tournament Champions (see the event page for the list of teams). We will face some tough competition.
The event will be held at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building on the campus of Monroe County Community College (directions and note, this is roughly a 1 1/2 hour drive and the agenda below shows the doors opening at 7, so plan your weekend accordingly). Our friends at Team Virus are hosting this event. This is the event where we could get 1 of 4 invites to VEX Worlds. We have done well in the past, as we have won 3 Design awards in 3 visits to the Michigan State Championship.
- Excellence – Vex Worlds and US Open
- Tournament Champions (2) – Vex Worlds and US Open
- Innovate Award
- Create Award
- Amaze Award
- Build Award
- Design Award – Vex Worlds and US Open
- Think Award
- Judges Award
- Volunteer of the year
- Tournament finalists (2)
- Skills Champion – US Open
- Skills Finalist
- Tournament Semifinalists
- 7:00 – Doors open for early birds and inspection
- 8:00 – Judges meeting
- 8:15 – Drivers meeting
- 8:30 – Opening Ceremony
- 8:45 – Qualifying matches start
- 12:00 – Qualifiers complete, elimination picks and Lunch
- 1:00 – Elimination rounds
- 3:00 – Awards
- 3:30 – Cleanup and farewell
Heres some updates on the Vex League finals.
The event will be held at Cranbrook School, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI (directions).
Because of Super Bowl Sunday, the schedule is changed as follows:
- 9:30 — Team arrival
- 9:30 ~ 10:45 — Set-up and Inspection
- 11:00 ~ 12:30 — Teamwork matches
- 12:45 ~ 1:00 — Alliance selection
- 1:15 ~ 2:00 — Elimination matches
- 2:00 — Awards and Clean-up
Since this goes right through lunch, you should bring your own food and/or snacks to keep your energy up until after the event.
This is a busy couple weeks. On Saturday February 2nd we have a Torunament at Cranbrook (event page). This is a middle school only event. The event is held at Cranbrook school, at 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI (directions). There are currently 24 teams on the list, many of whom we see often – Notre Dame, Cranbrook, Van Hoosen, Oakland Christian, among others, so the gym will look very familiar.
- 8:00 AM Teams arrive/Inspection
- 9:30 AM Driver’s meeting/Team meeting
- 9:45 AM Opening Ceremony
- 10:00 AM Qualification matches begin
- 12:00-1:00PM Lunch (Skills open during lunch)
- 1:00 PM Qualification Matches resume
- 2:30 PM Final Rounds
- 3:00 PM Clean-up and Closing ceremony
If you have family and friends coming for our cheering section (hopefully we will have the boards this time…) they can come any time (free event!!!) but after 10 they will be able to see the matches.
Awards at this event are as follows: Excellence (States, US Open), Tournament Champions (States, US Open) , Design (States, US Open) , Tournament Finalists, Skills Champion (US Open).
Don’t forget to message your lunch order if you want sandwiches.
Late last year, the girls learned of a sponsorship opportunity from the Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. This came up just as we received our invite to the CREATE US Open when we won Excellence at Lapeer. As a self funded independent team, this opportunity presented itself just in time. The girls filled out the application, explaining our role in teaching girls STEM principles while competing at robotics events, even explaining this being our 5th year and bringing up how we also mentor elementary students as well. Well, the results came in and WE RECEIVED THE SPONSORSHIP! Congratulations, girls! Michigan NDIA is sending us the sponsorship to help cover the costs of our registration to attend OUR 5TH YEAR AT THE CREATE US OPEN! Thank you so much for your assistance in our efforts to help girls get represented in the STEM fields and further their education.
From the MI-NDIA Website:
The U.S. is not developing the engineering students that we need in order to compete as an innovative country. The skill level in science and math for students completing high school has decreased, and there are not enough U.S. students that are interested in the STEM fields to maintain our competitive edge in a global economy.
The NDIA Michigan Chapter has made it a top priority to support K-12 and college students through collaborating, sponsoring, and hosting events that excite young people in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The NDIA Michigan Chapter is working to be part of the solution by engaging the local educational community and coordinating activities for NDIA members and organizations.
For everyone’s info, the second league event on January 13th is at Notre Dame High High School, not Nissan Technical Center. Because of this, there is a limited amount of space available for teams. As such, there is priority being given to teams that could not make the December event, or teams that can’t make the upcoming event on January 27th. We don’t have any planned absences, so our attendance will be determined by a drawing next week. So…
I don’t know if we will be attending the Nissan event on January 13th. I hope to know by the 10th and when I get info, I’ll pass along as soon as I get it. Please check the the website and our team Group-me posts for further info.
More information for our second event in Lapeer. I’ve posted a map and driving directions for how to get to the Lapeer Center for Innovation as well as the agenda. Summary – the doors open at 9:00. Please get there as soon as you can, as the practice field opens at 9:15, drivers meeting and opening ceremonies are 9:30 and the qualifications start at 10:00. That doesn’t leave much time to get the booth set up, items turned in, inspection completed and on the practice field before the match starts. Plus, this is a full event of 40 teams, combined middle and high school. We have some stiff competition – see the event page for more info.
Lunch will be from 1-2. The lunch order form will be done by paper copy, as it seems the online form did not work for everyone. As before, please select your desired items and deliver the form and payment to Jenn at the meeting on Thursday, Nov 15th.
Elimination matches are scheduled to start at 4:45, with the awards at 5:30, and the event wrapping up at 6:00. As always, these times are subject to some tweaking so mileage will vary depending on the conditions of the day.
If friends or family members wish to come, please pass along the directions. Robot events are free for spectators so bring support. At the Kettering event, it was nice to have such a large entourage for our team. Even the field announcers recognized it. The LED signs are updated for the team number, so we will have 6 boards now. We will need help to hold them up!
In addition to us, the EngiNERDS from Grand Blanc High School will be there with 4 teams, the NERDlings from Grand Blanc West will be there with 3 teams, and the Engicats from Grand Blanc East have 6 teams registered to be there. Grand Blanc will represent well with 14 of 40 spots.
See you there.
Lets Cause Some Trouble Ladies!!!
Everyone – the start time has changed from 8:30 to 8:15am. Please get there a touch early, as this will allow additional practice and setup time.
All other event times stay the same. For more information on the event, please check the event website.
We have a 2nd practice session arranged for Thursday, November 1st.
It is held at the Kettering University Robotics Center (map – the building with the pin at the corner of Chevrolet and Dupont. There is a stairway in the outside corner where we enter.). It will be at our normal meeting time, 6:00pm. The lab is open until 9:00, but they expect practice teams to start to clean up and move out at 8:30, as everyone has homes and families to get back to. The robotics lab is at 1700 University Avenue.
This will be the last chance to ready things prior to our competition on Nov. 3. It will be critical that we have everyones attention and stay focused on getting Charlie working properly. In addition, we are using another facility and although its not a judged event, lets make sure our friends at Kettering remember how professional Major Trouble is. See you there!