Saturday Jan. 4, high school robotics teams from all over Northern Michigan met to kick off their highly anticipated build season.
Seventeen teams traveled to Boyne City High School to participate in the event.
Team 1711 Raptors of Traverse City Central
Team 3537 Delta Force of Indian River
Team 3618 Petoskey Paladins of Petoskey
Team 3688 Norseman of Sutton Bay
Team 3767 Titan Robotics of Traverse City West
Team 3886 More Titans of Traverse City West
Team 4376 Raydernators of Charlevoix
Team 3377 Boyne City Blaze of Boyne City
Team 4398 Imprimis Deo of Traverse City St. Francis
Team 4983 Ironmen of Mancelona
Team 5086 Cadillac Connectors of Cadillac
Team 5110 Elks of Elk Rapids
Team 5183 Team Trinity of Gaylord
Team 5223 Hillman Robotics Team of Hillman
Team 5230 Wildcats of Alpena
Team 5247 Red Devils of East Jordan
Team 5314 ROBOMANIACS of Pellston
The Mission of FRC is to inspire young people to be science technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FRC wants to inspire young people to become leaders in science and technology.
Teams had a chance to attend workshop sessions focusing on: Concepts of a Robot Build, Controls/Programming, Team Organization, Effective Strategies, Fundamentals of FRC Safety, Competition Scouting, and Fundraising.
Following the workshops, teams gathered together in the auditorium to watch a live broadcast, courtesy of NASA, where FRC revealed this year’s robotic build challenge “Aerial Assist.” Boyne City was one of only 92 locations in the world to host the event.
AERIAL ASSIST will be played by two competing Alliances, of three robots each, on a flat 25’ x 54’ foot field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor.
The objective is to score as many 24 inch balls in goals as possible during a two (2)-minute and 30-second match.
The more Alliances score their ball in their goals, and the more they work together to do it, the more points their Alliance receives.
The build season is intense, with only six weeks to design, build and test their robots before competition begins. Several of the teams are new to FIRST Robotics Competitions.
All teams would welcome support from their community to make their experience a success.
Support can be through a personal donation of time – Mentors are needed for all aspects of engineering design and build; or financial support through personal or business sponsorship.