BUILDING KIDS! | BUILDING COMMUNITY! | BUILDING A LEGACY!
A PARTNERSHIP WITH WEST OTTAWA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND JR AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES
West Ottawa's FTC Team
Who are We?
We are the West Ottawa Warriors
Team #6070 aka W.O.W.
This team is made up of Middle Schoolers (6 - 8 grade)
from both Macatawa Bay and Harbor Lights Middle Schools.
Our Rookie year was 2012!
Also in 2016, we started a new team West Ottawa Wizards
Team #11728 also know as W.O.W.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough mentor support to run 2 teams to continue the team. Hopefully we will in the future.
The FTC teams watch a video of the current year's game. Each year the game changes. The students then plan, design, build the robot, and compete at competitions.
The 3 levels of competitions are regular qualifying district competitions, state/regionals, and then Nationals (which are in April and held at the same time as the other 3 levels of FIRST).
2012 - 2013 game - Ring it up!
2013 - 2014 game - Block Party!
Team photo from 2013
Robot from 2013. The robot is lifting another robot in the air like a fork lift.
2014 - 2015 game - Cascade Effect - unfortunately we were not able to have a team this year because of outside life circumstances.
2015 - 2016 game - Res - q
Team Picture from 2015
2016 - 2017 game - Velocity Vortex
2016 Team Photo of the Wizards team #11728
2016 Team Photo of the Warriors Team #6070
Group Team Photo of the Warriors #6070 and the Wizards #11728
2017 - 2018 game - Relic Recovery
Team from 2017 of #6070
Picture of our 2017 robot
2018 - 2019 game - Rover Ruckus
2018 Rover Ruckus team photo of team # 6070 (with all 15 kids we have 45 years of first experience total)
A picture of our 2018 robot.
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Starting in September, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams are made of no more than 15 students. Who then explore the possibilities of STEM through designing, building, programming, and operating robots to play a competition challenge in an alliance format.
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A mentor showing the FTC students different examples on the High Schools bot.
A High school student leading the FTC students while analyzing the newest game at Kick Off.
A group of FTC going over the newest game at Kick Off with a mentor and High School student to help guide them through the process
A student helping the FTC students under a part of programming
A mentor helping the students use the power tools in the machine shop
A High school student helping FTC students with Programing
A High school student helping a FTC student find the right tool
A high school student helping a couple of FTC students
A High school giving advice with building
A High school student supervising a FTC student hammer a metal piece into the right shape
A high schooler helping a couple of FTC students with programming
A High school student helping with programming
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The student assistants and mentors inspire middle schools in S.T.E.M. programs and help build student's confidence at an awkward age period. It gives the high schoolers the chance to be teachers in their area of the team.
Plus it helps build a bond between the students ahead of time which allows an easier transition from moving up to the high school team when they are old enough.
Students watch the game video, read the rules, brainstorm strategy/design, build the playing field, and then build the robot while mentors stand by ready to teach new lessons.
Our Programmers working away in pairs.
Our build team working
Programmers figuring things out
Build team brain storming. A student is pretending to be the robot with a scoop on it's arm.
Prototyping the scoop
Build students building the prototype
Programmers running test runs with last years robot.
A build student prototyping an idea for a claw type approach for picking up the silver minerals (balls).
Build team members working to figure out how to pick up gold mineral (blocks).
Programing students working on the camera that reads the location/direction pictures.
Programing students setting up to run some test runs
A programmer is working with the phone/camera systems on the field
Programmers working on the communications for the remote control
A builder working on assembling the frame of the robot
A bulider working
Builders working as a team to assemble the rotating section of the arm
Builder working together to put motors on.
A build student using the saw blade to cut a metal part
A build student using the sander on a metal part
A build student using a drill on a metal part
A build student using the sander on a metal part
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Watching the game video on kick - off day.
Group 1 going over the game manual to figure out strategies.
Brain storming ideas on what the robot could look like and how it would work.
A final look at the ideas discussed. Very creative imaginations!
A final look at the ideas discussed. Very creative imaginations !
A student sharing her ideas
Students measuring out where to put the anchors for the lander.
Zip tying the walls together so they can withstand the weight of the robot hanging off the sides.
A student making sure the latches are securely closed
Students working together to put the directional pictures on the walls.
The students taping the field.
Group activity ....... cup towers
Group Activity .... cup towers
Group activity.... guessing the weight of our past robots so we have an idea what the weight limit would be like for this year
Having a bit of fun
Students researching ideas for robot designs
A programing student working
Students working together trying to figure out the marker for the game
Students and mentor working together measuring the length of the arm for the robot
A student working on our Promote video
A student working on our scrapbook for the year
Programing students working together
students working with the field elements
programing students working together
Playing a noodle passing game
A student working on design items for our pit board with a cricut system
A student painting stars on our pit board
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Kentwood, Mi on Nov. 9 2018
Qualifying Rank #9 with a record of 4-1-0
We were awarded:
*Think Award Finalist
Allendale, Mi on Nov 30, 2018
Qualifying Rank #3 with a record of 5-0-0
We were awarded:
*Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Finalist
*Control Award Winner
*Compass Award Winner
This year the team did a fantastic job and did extremely well. We look Forward to working with the students next year!
Our High School and Middle School students working together planting tulips for our home town festival, Tulip Time.
The tools we use. Shovel, bucket and the crates full of tulip bulbs.
One of our students, teamed up with her mom planting tulip bulbs.
A couple of students with their parents working together in one flower bed.
Students working together refilling the bucket.
When all of the bulbs are planted, the final step is to rack the extra dirt over the holes.
The FTC sign that is put on our Tulip Time Float.
A group photo of our 2017 Tulip Time Float with all 4 levels of First. We include everyone to celebrate in the hard work well done by everyone each year!
A group photo of our 2018 Tulip Time Float with all 4 levels of First. We include everyone to celebrate in the hard work well done by everyone each year!
Lego Competition pieces waiting to be built by our FRC and FTC students.
FTC students working together to build lego league competition pieces for a competition coming up in a few weeks.
An up close look at some game pieces that have been build by students
Some of our FTC students working together to build competition game pieces for a Lego competition coming up soon
A look at all the Lego pieces built for the Competition in a few weeks by our High school and Middle School team.
Students waiting for the tour to begin.
A view of the BPW plant
A view of part of the BPW plant
A student reading a info display about energy
Students checking out a display about how the water travels through the pipes of the factory.
Students playing a game about picking items with only so much money and energy sources available.
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Every Year we do many Community Projects. A few of the projects that we help with are:
- Tulip bulb Planting for Tulip Time
- Riding on the Tulip Time float - helping promote First to everyone
- Building Lego League game pieces
- volunteering to work at Lego Leagues Comps
- Tour of the BPW Energy Park
- GVSU Comp. - come see it / cheer the high schoolers on
- Celebrating at our end of the year Banquet
- Library Event promoting FIRST & build a brush bot event in 2017
- helping with our Vendor Dinner / Silent Action