Author: Maddie Brien // Photographers: Ysabel Miller and Andrew Moy
On Saturday, Dec. 5, Corsair Robotics 2612 made an appearance at the WinterFUN Festival and Holiday Extravaganza parade in downtown Pontiac. Our FRC Gold Sponsor Genisys Credit Union sponsored the holiday festivities.
Activities included a petting farm, ice sculptures, face painting, seeing Santa and his reindeer, and, of course, the Corsairs! At 8 a.m., the team set up a demonstration in the parking lot at Saginaw and Pike Streets to showcase our OCCRA robot. It was very foggy, but that didn’t stop the fun.
Children of all ages loaded the robot with a ball, and others operated the robot, raising the bot’s arm and dropping the ball on the backside. Children also caught the ball and started the sequence all over again. Dozens of kids and students from the area came to try the demonstration. At 9:45 a.m., we packed up the robot and headed to our parade float.
When we arrived at our float, we added a few more decorative touches and put on festive headgear. Our float showcased both our OCCRA robot and our FRC robot from last year. Two drive team members, Gabe Jimenez and Erica Wolfe, both juniors, sat in the back of the truck and operated the robots. Human players loaded and caught the ball for the OCCRA bot. Three other team members, including myself, proudly carried our 2612 LED numbers behind the float. Team members also passed out candy to younger parade spectators. Junior Keegan Budgery even rode his unicycle next to the float, all down the parade route.
At the end of the parade, we even snapped a photo of the Corsairs with two other area FRC teams carried big balloons during the parade: Team RUSH 27 from Clarkston, and Team 51, Wings of Fire, from Pontiac.
You can see us again at the Holiday Lights Parade this Saturday at 6 pm in downtown Clarkston. Thank you to Team RUSH for the special invite to this festive event!
Let’s go, Corsairs!
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
NSB Agency, Inc.
Oscar W. Larson Co.
Far Flung Travels
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists
Mo-Tec Automotive Service
LCPL Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583 (Eaton Rapids, MI)
MO-TEC Automotive Service
Light Green Water
Ridge To Valley Roofing, LLC
Rhonda M. Seals
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman