BUILDING KIDS! BUILDING COMMUNITY! BUILDING A LEGACY!
a PARTNERSHIP WITH West Ottawa Public Schools and many wonderful Sponsors
2019 Deep Space
Our 25th Anniversary Year!
Kickoff Kits were shipped to nearly 137 Kickoff sites
More than 145 tons of Kickoff Kit materials were shipped all over
the world by FedEx (weighs more than 20 elephants)
Number of Teams:
3,790 teams with roughly:
3,356 Veteran Teams
434 Rookie Teams
from 33+ countries with
(3,122 teams from the United States of America)
62 Regional Competitions
100 District Qualifying Competitions
11 District Championships
2 World Championships (Detroit, Mi & Houston, Tx)
1 Festival of Champions
The ROBOT weight must not exceed 140 lbs. (~56 kg)
A ROBOT’S STARTING CONFIGURATION may not have a FRAME PERIMETER greater than 120 in. (~304 cm) and may not be more than 4 ft. (~121 cm) tall.
Basic Game Descriptions:
2:30: A sandstorm limits driver visibility so
robots independently follow preprogrammed
instructions or are operated by human drivers
via video from their habitat.
Alliances score points by:
1. Deploying robots from habitat
2. Preparing rockets and cargo ship with
3. Loading cargo pods into their rockets and
2:15: The sandstorm clears and human
operators take control of their robots. Alliances
continue to score points by:
1. Preparing rockets and cargo ship with
2. Loading more cargo pods
3. Returning the robot safely to the
0:00: Rocket liftoff
The alliance with the highest score at the end
of the match wins
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Great Northern Regional
Grand Forks, ND
March 13 - March 16, 2019
Despite fighting a snow blizzard, the teams flight and drive to Grand Forks went very smoothly. With all our supplies being already delivered by our trusty mentors, the team was able to hit the ground running.
With a record breaking 13 snow days off of school, our build time was cut short and we were not able to test everything we would have liked to. So while we were playing the game and representing the Wobot name well, took the opportunity to test and work many bugs out.
Unfortunately at the end of the competition we ended up in 43rd place out of 52 teams. With a record of 3 wins - 6 loses - and 1 tie.
The students can be proud at what they accomplished as an overall and was able to have a fun day swimming at a Great Wolf lodge before flying home.
The team waiting for our departure time.
A over look of the field
A picture of our awesome pit, which displays all of the 25 years our team has been in FIRST, with all 9 of our blue banners.
Team picture with our robot in our pit.
The MC waving our flag while introducing our team during a match
Our robot collecting a cargo from the human player station
Programmers working away
A great photo of the robot before a match started
Drive team giving a thumbs up "GOOD to GO!"
Our robot going to stick a a cap on the rocket.
A pic of one of our scouter's working away
One of our Human Players, Taylor, feeding a cap into the slot of the human player station.
Programmers working hard as a team
Our robot going to put a piece of cargo in the station
Fun team pic
A picture of our robot on the second platform before the auton mode started.
A fun group photo
After competition on Sunday the team went to a great wolf lodge and spent the day in the pools before heading to the airport to fly home.
A Happy group picture after we arrived back home to Grand Rapids Airport!
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First In Michigan - West Michigan
March 21 - March 23, 2019
Over the past 25 years, we have been fortunate to have Grand Valley University as our home competition. With being a 35 min drive from home we are able to compete against all of our neighboring teams and have a chance to see the campus. Another bonus is that many more family members and friends can join us to cheer on our team.
Our team did really well. With the students who went to North Dakota taking the lead in bring the other students up to speed, the team found their rhythm. Work in the pits, in the stands, and on the field started to work as a well oiled machine. The new students where able to get a real life experience as how all of their hard work over the year has come together. They also learned the importance of the work that is needed to be done at the competitions. If you want to succeed you must put the effort in and work as a team. But it is also important to have fun and make those important friendships.
The team ended up in 14th place out of 39 teams with a record of 8 wins & 4 loses. The team was the first pick to join the 7th alliance team with #5227 Eagle Elite as the captains and #5980 East Grand Rapids Robotics as our team mates. We played pretty well as an alliance but lost in the quarter rounds.
We had an awesome quarter final match, our alliance partner (#5227) had flipped over on the field and our other partner (#5980) rushed off the 1st platform.... got behind it and pushed them up on the ramp to the 1st platform. Their effort in trying to score 2 level 1's was stupendous! Everyone cheered and gave a standing ovation for good sportsmanship. In the end we lost but it was a fantastic show of what coopertition truly means.
Even though we did not place in the top finals, we did not leave empty handed. We won the "Imagery Award" this year. The students were proud to have this accomplishment.
And look forward to next years competition.
A group picture of our alumni mentors who have come back to support the team.
Our cheering crowd waiting for their cue to cheer
A view of our pit from the stands.
Our Scouting team!
A picture of our robot going to put a cargo (kick ball) into the cargo ship.
A group photo of our students
Our students demonstrating our hatch panel system to a group of judges.
A picture of our chairman's group waiting for their turn to go in to present to the panel of judges.
A picture of our student photographer at work.
The drive team running through the final stages of our check list before our next match.
A picture of our robot climbing up to the 3rd level of the HAB Climb with our drive team in the back ground
Tail gate picnic on Saturday, the students enjoying the sun.
A picture of our student representative waiting to be picked during the alliance picking.
The three teams strategizing together quickly after the alliance selections.
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FIM District Lake Superior State University Event
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
April 4 - April 6, 2019
Unlike last year the drive up to the UP was quite a pleasant ride. The sun was shining with clear blue skies and a calm Lake Michigan to drive over the bridge.
With this being the teams 2nd year competing at LSSU, the team was at ease with how the layout and flow of the day would go. It was great to see the other teams from UP again.
With two competitions under our belt the team knew how to strategies and play the game pretty well. Just like every competition the students where able to see the different types of design techniques and talk with the other team students about them. This helps broaden their social skills and ways of thinking in how to execute a problem. This helps everyone either there on a rookie team or a team that's been around for years.
Just like many other competitions, the advantage of having the competition being held on a college campus is for the students to see and explore the college campus. They can get info and take a tour of the grounds and which peaks an interest in the possibility of attending.
Just like last year, our teams Safety Captain was honored with being named "Star of the Day" Award. Which the Captain was given a star pin, a sign, and having her picture taken.
Our students support and enthusiasm was very evident with signs and cheering in the stands at every match. The team ended up being in 3rd place out of 41 teams, with 7 wins - 4 loses - 1 tie. We ended up becoming the 2nd Alliance Captain and choose teams #5234 MarauderBots from Elsie, Mich and #6098 blrobot from Beaver Island, Mich to join us. The teams worked well but unfortunately we lost in the quarter finals with a score of 1win - 2 loses.
During the awards ceremony the team was pleasantly surprised with winning the Runner Up for Safety Award which the team is given little white hard hat pins as an award.
But the biggest surprise was when the team was announced Chairman's Award Winner! The Chairman's award is the highest - most prestigious award given. Our students worked very hard and where very proud/ appreciate about winning the award.
A picture of one of our drive teams
A picture of our robot going to put a hatch on the cargo ship
Our human player working on sending a piece of cargo (kick ball) through the loading station to the robots.
The team setting up the robot by pre-loading a hatch piece before the match starts
Our cheer team with our Mascot Wobot!
Our robot taking a hatch piece from the loading station
Our drive team having a quick pow - wow with a mentor
A picture of our robot sticking a hatch to the cargo ships Velcro strips.
Our drive team waiting for another match while our student photographer waves hi to another team photographer
Drive team strategizing up coming matches after a long and tiring day.
The team going through scouting sheets, trying to come up with a list of teams for the alliance selections.
Another group of our team going through scouting sheets, trying to come up with a list of teams for the alliance selections.
Another picture of our team going through scouting sheets, trying to come up with a list of teams for the alliance selections.
A picture of our team being alliance captain #2. By his side is our first pick and he's telling the MC who our next pick is
Our robot is putting a cargo piece in the cargo ship
A picture of the screen saying we won the District Chairman's Award! We were so excited and proud of the entire team for winning!
(At the end of the judges line was the Lake Superiors Duck Mascot, who was also giving hi fives to all the team who won an award! lol)
A picture of our team going through the line of judges for winning the District Chairman's Award!!!
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Michigan State Competition
April 10 - April 13, 2019
During states, 160 teams out of 542 teams in Michigan, qualify to participate in the battle to gain the chance to move forward to Nationals which is held in Detroit, Michigan.
Being at the State competition is a exciting and over whelming experience. Unlike a district competition with having 1 field..... the states competition has 4 fields going at the same time.
Each field is named after a major sponsor to First in Michigan. The 4 sponsors are DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Dow, and Ford.
This year they placed us on the DTE Energy field and were up against some pretty tough teams. We played a great game and had our head in the game. We ended up ranking in 9th place out of 40 teams with a record of 8 wins - 4 loses - 0 ties. At the alliance pick we became the 7th alliance captain and requested the assistance of team #5927 Globetrotters from Zeeland, Michigan and team #7211 Hollywood from Holly, Michigan. We fought hard against a tough group of teams but lost in the quarter finals.
We were honored to win the Excellence in Engineering Award which is a new award this year.
With the points we earned from the competition we earned the chance to go to Nationals in Detroit.
A view of our Pit
A view of our field with the other 3 fields in the background
A close up of one of our drive teams
One of our students prepping the robot before a match
Our robot at the human station picking up a cargo
A pic of our robot on the top platform at the end of the game
Our student scouter's at work
One of our human players feeding a piece of cargo to our robot
Our robot dropping off a piece of cargo in the cargo ship
Our robot placing a hatch panels on the cargo ship
Our robot place hatch panels on the rocket ship
Our robot climbing onto the top platform at the end of the game
One of the MC's waving our flag while introducing our team before a match
Our team captain with our alliance captains at the end of the alliance picks
One of our matches in the Finals with our alliance partners
A view of the big screen showing that our team won the Excellence in Engineering Award
Our team going through the judges line after being announced with winning the Excellence in Engineering Award
A group photo of our alliance partners with our team
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April 24 - April 27, 2019
For the second year, 408 FRC teams from around the world have been able to enjoy the Cobo Center in Detroit as 1 of the 2 locations for Nationals. Nationals has always been and will always be an incredible experience. It is not only fun but also educational for everyone involved. With 6 fields competing at one time (with 68 teams on each), there is plenty to do during the day: with scouting your field matches and exploring the pits. While exploring the pits the students are given the opportunity to make friendships with other teams and see many different techniques the other teams use in building their robots.
Another unique opportunity about worlds is the fact that all four levels of FIRST are in one location under one roof. Students were able to watch and mingle with the younger teams from the other levels. This not only creates future friendships but also inspires the younger generations to continue this amazing path with STEM.
Along with competing.... team members are given the opportunity to explore the Innovation Fair (which has several of the major sponsors of FIRST), Scholarship Row (which has several colleges there for students to talk to), and there are many conferences for everyone to attend. The conferences range from the latest science opportunities, involving your team with your community, and the various tools that are used on teams. Every year we have a great time and learn a lot. We explore/ experience as much as possible while keeping our focus on the playing field and playing a great game.
Just like states the fields at Nationals are named after someone important to Stem. But unlike States, Nationals are named after famous Scientists; such as Archimedes, Carson, Curie, Daly, Darwin, and Tesla. This year we were placed on the Archimedes field. Unfortunately this year was a disappointment in the area of competition. The students played hard but we had a technical malfunction somewhere down the line. And with trying to figure out one problem it lead into another problem. The team worked hard putting there heads together trying to figure out what was wrong but couldn't figure it out. We asked for some assistances from the Robot Inspectors and they couldn't figure out anything either.
The students felt defeated and let it affect the rest of the competition. At the end we ended up in 64th place out of 68 teams with a record of 2-8-0. Even though we had a disappointing time we had a great time. With exploring the innovation fair, scholarship row, educational conferences, robo-prom, opening ceremony, and the different levels of FIRST we had fun and learned a lot.
We can take this competition as a learning experience and look forward to next year.
the team waiting patiently in line for the practice field
the team making their way to the field
the class rooms where the conferences are held
a couple of students going through scholarship row
the team prepping the robot before a match
a close up of our robot placing a hatch panel on the rocket ship
a view of one of our drive teams with one of our human players
Our student making friends with another team from another country
A student inspecting the robot between matches
The team riding the people mover (train) to the cobo center in the morning
Our team talking to the judges
Robot inspectors taking a look at our robot with a couple of our students
The students running through a check of the robot between matches
A student making friends with a team from Canada, who came over and helped cheer for our team for one match
One of our students getting to fly our flag during the introduction before a match.
The team had fun playing with the pool table at the hotel. One of the parents is very good at pool and taught the students the how to play better.
We can see Canada from across the river
Woodie Flowers signed our students belongings
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