Authors: Andrew Moy and Ayrton Seals
Corsair Robotics 2612 is excited to share the news (https://youtu.be/g5ULSzQyHFA) that we have qualified for the 2016 Michigan FRC State Championship! No current student member on our team has competed at the state championship. We plan to bring our best and leave it all on the field.
Speaking of that, unlike our previous district events, there is a second field to accommodate the 102 teams expected in attendance. Our team is known for its strong scouting capabilities, but scouting more than 100 teams for 16 Corsair members is a big task. Luckily, we’ve enlisted the help of other teams. By combining our resources and strengths, we hope our scouting data is key to alliance selection and strategy.
The event is this Thursday through Saturday (robot load-in is on Wednesday) at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. You can watch the action online at TheBlueAlliance.com (or via the app on your smartphone) or follow along with our social media posts using #MICMP. Top teams from the state championship will go on to compete at the world championship in St. Louis at the end of the month.
We also want to say congratulations to Kettering High School’s FRC Team 3098, The Captains, and Our Lady of the Lakes' FRC Team 5053, The Lakers, for also qualifying for the state championship. Waterford will be well represented!
As always, we thank our sponsors, family, friends, teachers and staff of Waterford Mott High School, and all of our mentors for their continued support, kind words, and cheers. We can’t wait to take the field in Grand Rapids this week!
Let’s go, Corsairs!
In Other News... Waterford READS - STEM Winner Announced
Our pilot year of Waterford READS - STEM program is now complete, and we thank all of the students and teachers who participated. From reading books, to building robots, the Waterford School District elementary schools were immersed in STEM. We hope everyone had a great time learning about robots.
And the winner is…. Cooley Elementary!
Students earned a grand total of 1,390 points, an average of almost 15 points per student! Here’s a breakdown of the projects they completed:
Other schools participated, as well, including Donelson Hills Elementary. Mrs. Janczarek’s third-grade class sent us a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3Ov_QNKOQ4) asking us to help them build and program a robot. Our team captain gladly went out to visit her class and help the students. It was a great learning experience for all. Her students also read STEM books and articles. Fantastic work!
Grayson Elementary had multi-age classes that consisted of both second and third-graders. Activities they did to earn points included reading STEM books or articles, writing letters to the team about what they learned, making robot art projects, making good luck cards, and watching the 2016 FIRST Stronghold FRC game. Thank you to Mrs. Case and Miss DeCoster for their enthusiasm of this program. High fives to everyone!
Houghton Elementary students earned points by reading or having STEM books or articles read to them. The also watched the 2016 FIRST Stronghold FRC game. Great job!
Riverside Elementary students also read STEM books and articles and sent us questions about what it is like to be on a robotics team and what types of jobs there are. Mrs. Curry’s third-grade class teamed up with Ms. Smith’s kindergarten class to make robot art projects. The third-graders also made great good luck cards for the teams competing at our Waterford Mott competition. Matthew Nye was even up to the challenge of building a working robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBBskIZJZTc. Well done!
All of these students should be proud of their accomplishments. We are proud of all of them! You can see some of the students’ projects here: http://www.corsairs2612.org/projects.html
We thank all of the teachers who embraced this program and helped spread STEM in their classrooms. We plan to take our robots out this May to each school that participated and allow the students to drive and operate the robots.
We also thank FRC Team 217, ThunderChickens, for donating copies of their book, Flooded, and FRC Team 27, RUSH, for helping with costs to supply each school with two additional STEM books this season.
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GENEROUS FRC SPONSORS
Thank you to GM Foundation and Michigan Department of Education for their continued support!
We also thank the following 2015-2016 sponsors to date:
Wayne State University's C2 Pipeline
Paulson's Audio & Video
Cross The Road Electronics
Genisys Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet
Laser Cutting Company, Inc.
NSB Agency, Inc.
Oscar W. Larson Co.
Terminal Supply Co.
Discount Battery - Waterford
Cottage Inn Pizza - Waterford
Far Flung Travels
Henn Racing Technologies
LCPL Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583 (Eaton Rapids, MI)
Light Green Water
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists
MO-TEC Automotive Service
Ridge To Valley Roofing, LLC
The Wernette Law Firm, PLLC
Rhonda M. Seals
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman