Boyne City High School BC Blaze Robotics has found themselves being invited to attend the FRC World Championship for the first time.
This five year team has had it’s best Michigan season yet and has qualified to participate in the 2016 FRC World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
This year’s season began with a District Championship at Standish-Sterling during week 1 of the FRC FIRST in Michigan District.
BC Blaze, Team 4377, was also awarded the Entrepreneurship Award and the Safety Award at this same event.
Next stop was the LSSU event during week 5.
BC Blaze was a strong competitor, invited to play with the Alliance 8 Team and was awarded the Entrepreneurship Award and the Safety Award at this second event.
The team qualified for the State Championship in Grand Rapids with their successes at the District events and was ranked 26 out of 411 teams in the state.
BC Blaze competed at the Michigan State FRC Championship on April 14-16 and finished 55th out of the 102 teams.
FIRST Robotics provides for a number of experiences for the students that participate.
BC Blaze students work with volunteer mentors to assist them in learning about and promoting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics).
BC Blaze students also learn about the business aspects of a program – marketing, sponsorship, promotion, financing.
The success that BC Blaze has had in the Michigan District this season has now led to an invitation to the 2016 FRC World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
The World Championship is a four-day event hosting hundreds of teams from all across the United States and 27 other countries.
The World Championship is an international event, and a terrific learning opportunity for the 22 student-member team.
In order to attend, there are registration fees, travel and housing costs that the team is still in need of and fundraising efforts are underway.
If you are interested in assisting the team in helping make this dream come true, you can contact Karen Jarema, BC Blaze Coach and HS Principal at (231) 439-8100.