BMS Robotics Crashed into the Bedford Qualifier!

Bedford High School, Temperance MI

Saturday, November 4, 2017

What a day!  I couldn’t be more proud of every one of the young engineers who participated in this event (and the few unable to come but helped make some incredible robots)!  We had some exciting matches and a few frustrating ones.  Several quick stops in the pits to make sometimes radical changes.  It was a good first start to the Robotics season.  What better way to end the night than jumping up and down to “Chelsea! Chlesea!”

The Glitch

The Glitch started off strong,  winning its first match.  Software and battery problems sent them back to the pits more than once, frustrated.   They are looking forward to making their mark in Mason next week.  They still wow’d everyone with their teamwork and graciousness.

Gremlins

The Gremlins quickly took over the pits and the FLL jr tournament with their gremlin mascots.  Everyone seemed to be carrying a wee Gremlin mascot around.  The Gremlins finished the strongest in match play of all the Beach Middle School Teams (3-2-0).   The also were the 1st Finalist in the Motivate Award.  The Motivate Award is awarded on the base of  team outreach and sharing Robotics and FIRST with their local community.

The Crash

The Crash had the most trouble in matches,  tipping over twice.  They made radical changes to the software and amputated their robot’s relic delivery arm righting the balance.  

However,  The Crash “crashed” into the awards ceremony with mentions and received 2 trophies!  They won the Motivate Award! The judges really noticed the Beach Robotics efforts to bring notice to the Chelsea community, with one team winning this award and its sister team, Gremlins, coming in as Finalist.  

The Crash were also 1st Finalists in the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award.  Their Mentor, Kepler Eberle, also received the Mentor/Coach Award.  For a high school junior to beat out the experienced coaches and adult mentors, to be considered to be having a positive impact on young people, was awesome and surprising, but not undeserved.   

Next Up, Mason!

Next up is the Mason Qualifier, this Saturday!  

Competition Dates Confirmed!

So awesome news!  FIRST in Michigan has allowed teams to pick up a THIRD event.  What an opportunity!  Not only do the kids get an extra 5+ matches, more experience, and fun; it allows us an extra 60% more chances to make States!  Unfortunately, our choices were Bedford on the 4th of November (a week earlier than planned) or Houghton in the Upper Peninsula (ha, ha, ha, ha! No way!) So Bedford it is!  I apologize for the limited notice.  

So our competition schedule has been confirmed as follows

November 4 - Bedford Qualifier

Bedford High School
8285 Jackman Rd
Temperance, Mi 48182

November 11 - Mason Qualifier

Mason High School
1001 S Barnes St
Mason, Mi 48854

December 9 - East Jackson Qualifier

East Jackson Secondary School
1566 N Sutton Rd
Jackson, Mi 49202

December 15-16 - States! (Fingers and toes crossed!)

Kellogg Arena
36 W Hamblin Ave
Battle Creek, Mi 49017

FTC attends 2017 Season Kick Off at U of M

The Chelsea Robotics FTC Teams, Crash, Gremlins and Glitch attended the FTC Season Kickoff, hosted by FAMNM at the University of Michigan!  It was an amazing day full of excitement, education and team building. A special thanks goes out to our hosts and the University of Michigan.

 

For those that missed it, here is the reveal video:  

Game Materials such as the game manual and field design can be found at the First Website.

 

 

 

[FTC@BMS] TWIR, September 4th

Hello everyone - parents, rookie engineers, veteran engineers, and perspective engineers,

     This is mostly a repeat from last week, but we've added quite a few interested parties.  

Weekly Challenge - 

 

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     Look over the new BMS Robotics Handbook.  I am excited to announce (almost) everything is in one place  on how the season is run and what everyone must do to make the season a success.  

9/6 First Meeting and Parent Meeting

The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 6th from 6-8PM in the Tech Room at BMS.  The last half of the meeting will be a parent info session that will start at 7PM.  Since registration is still open,  please RSVP via Sign Up Genius so I can make sure there are enough copies of the handbook and other items.

9/9 Kick-off and GAME REVEAL!

Kick off and Game reveal will be on North Campus of University of Michigan from 10AM to 2:30 PM.  Please RSVP via Sign Up Genius and bring $3 for pizza lunch.  Meet at 9AM in the BMS parking lot to caravan in.

 

Eat, Sleep, Robots,

Coach Marka

[FTC@BMS] This Week in the Robotics

Hello Everyone!!  

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This includes returning engineers, rookie engineers, perspective young engineers and all parents.  I know everyone is gearing up for the start of BMS Robotics Competition Season! (and the start of classes, too!)  Here are some dates and announcements as we prepare for Relic Recovery!

Registration is still open

Registration Deadline is extended to September 15th! To Register, please turn in the following documents, located here:

  1. FTC 2017-2018 Registration form

  2. FIRST in Michigan Consent form

  3. Emergency contact form

8/26 Fair Parade

Any young engineer that participated in Competition or Team Building seasons is welcome to march.  Meet at 10AM at East & Park.  Bring Candy!

8/30 Beach Middle School Open House

Any veteran engineer is welcome to assist at our table.  Please RSVP via Sign Up Genius. There are 2 shifts (3:30-5:30) and (5:30-7:30).  Please wear your shirt!

9/6 First Meeting and Parent Meeting

The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 6th from 6-8PM in the Tech Room at BMS.  The last half of the meeting will be a parent info session that will start at 7PM.  Since registration is still open,  please RSVP via Sign Up Genius so I can make sure there are enough copies of the handbook and other items.

9/9 Kick-off and GAME REVEAL!

Kick off and Game reveal will be on North Campus of University of Michigan from 10AM to 2:30 PM.  Please RSVP via Sign Up Genius and bring $3 for pizza lunch.  Meet at 9AM in the BMS parking lot to caravan in.

 

That is a lot!  Phew! Can’t wait to see everyone!

Eat, Sleep, Robots!

Coach Marka