Our 2018-19 Michigan season is done. This past weekend Major Trouble was in the Michigan State Middle School Championships where we finished 14th overall against the top 32 teams from across the state of Michigan, and were captains of the 8th seed finalist alliance. We finished 3-3, with 2 autonomous wins and were 19th ranked in skills. Not too bad considering this is the best of the best in the state. And although we didn’t get an invite for Vex Worlds, we did end up with a Judges award, specifically recognizing the efforts in programming (17 selectable autonomous programs!) and our work in teaching elementary students STEM fundamentals. Both of those are something we are very proud of.
Overall for the season, we finished with a record of 39-21-1 (65%) In the last 4 events of the year, we finished 17-7-0 (81%). Not too shabby. For autonomous we won 38 of 61 (62%), and for the last 4 events we won 17 of 24 (71%). Again, not too shabby. For the season, we won an Excellence award, two Judges awards and a Design award. We brought in 3 new members and will send off two more Major Trouble alumni to future robotics events. I’m sure there was some learning for the other members in there too… All this, plus our past 4 seasons puts us further along for an even better 2019-2020 season!
We are still not done with this season, as we have 3 finalists in the Vex online challenges, with up to $1550 in Vex gift certificates and one of two spots for Vex Worlds (Its pretty cool!) to be judged yet. We also have a second post season trip, this one to the Create US Open in Council Bluffs Iowa. This will be our 5th trip to the US open in 5 years.
To all of you supporting us, we thank you for helping make this a successful Michigan competitive season! But please, don’t stop cheering us… the Trouble is just beginning!
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
Design Award – Vex Worlds and US Open
Volunteer of the year
Tournament finalists (2)
Skills Champion – US Open
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
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.
9:00 – Qualifying matches begin/Skills field opens
12:00 – Lunch (send the lunch form to Jenn)
3:30 – Alliance Selection and Eliminations beign
4:30 – Awards
5:00 – Cleanup
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 9 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) , Judges, Volunteer of the year, Skills Champion (US Open).
Prizes! Winners in each grade category will receive the prizes listed below: First-place winners will be awarded $500. Second-place entries will be awarded $250. Third-place entries will be awarded $100.
From engineergirl.org – Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem solving.
The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.
We want stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.
We want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, “I want to be able to do that” or “I can do that.”
To enter the contest:
Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
There are three basic rules:
Your main character must be female.
Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem – she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers.
Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level, which is listed below. Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words. Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words.
All stories must be original work. Any evidence of plagiarism will immediately disqualify an entry.
On December first Major trouble drove up the Grandville Michigan. After six qualification matches, we were in 23rd place, and were chosen as an alliance partner by the 23rd ranked team. As partners, we made to the quarter and semifinals.
This event came up on robotevents and I wanted to pass it along to the group. This is a webinar for programming autonomous and working with sensors. Its a hands on lecture and demonstration for programming autonomous for VEX robotics. Its a FREE online event intended to help teams get started and perfect their programming skills, explaining and demonstrating how to use simulation and programming for
Moving For Time
Navigating With Sensors
There are two sessions – one on December 5th and the second on January 30th. Both are from 5-7. Info to connect to the program stream will come after registration.
If any of you are interested, please let Scott Barrett know.