Grandville High School RoboDawgs set State and National records – and head off to VEX World Championship

The Grandville High School RoboDawgs are having their best VEX Robotics season ever – and they continue to break state and national records for high school robotics teams.  In February, Grandville broke state and national records by qualifying twelve High School VEX teams for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship.  The RoboDawgs brought home Champion, Finalist, and Semifinalist trophies from that State Championship – and they qualified six RoboDawg VEX teams to play at the VEX World Championship.  These six teams also claim a state and national record – no other public high school in America qualified six teams for the World Championship.

This Wednesday, Grandville High School will send off more than two dozen RoboDawgs and mentors to the VEX World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.  On their way to this accomplishment, RoboDawg teams were Champions or Finalists in eleven tournaments and leagues – and they won both the West Michigan Regional Championshp and the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship.  The teams’ 2016-2017 competition record is below, along with key awards won at each event:

Tournament Play

  • October – Northwest Michigan Regional VEX Qualifier – Six of the top ten teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Champions, Judges Award
  • October – West Michigan Halloween Tournament – Six of the top ten teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Champions, Tournament Finalists, Robot Skills Champion
  • November – Hudsonville VEX Robotics Tournament – Five of the top eight teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Finalists, Excellence Award, Design Award, Build Award
  • December – West Michigan Holiday Tournament – Five of the top eight teams were RoboDawg teams.  Tournament Finalists, Excellence Award, Design Award
  • January – Jenison VEX Robotics Tournament – Five of the top ten teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Champions, Excellence Award, Design Award, Build Award
  • January – Grand Traverse Academy Regional VEX Qualifier – Five of the top ten teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Finalist, Design Award, Think Award
  • February – Belding VEX Tournament – Four of the top ten teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Champions, Excellence Award

League Play

  • September – Early Fall Tuesday VEX League – League Champion, Excellence Award, Design Award
  • November – Late Fall Tuesday VEX League – League Champion, Excellence Award
  • November – Late Fall Thursday VEX League #1 – League Champion, Excellence Award, Design Award
  • November – Late Fall Thursday VEX League #2 – League Champion, Excellence Award, Design Award

Regional and State Championships

  • January – West Michigan Regional Championship – Six of the top eight teams were RoboDawg teams. Tournament Champions, Excellence Award, Design Award
  • February – Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship – Tournament Champions, Tournament Finalists, Tournament Semifinalists, Robot Skills Champion

Annual Open House and Silent Auction – Tonight!

BFHL5466It’s that time of year again – time for the annual Robot Open House!  Tonight from 6:30-9:00, visitors can see dozens of award-winning robots at the Grandville Robotics and Engineering Center.  (4900 Canal SW, Grandville)  Guests at this annual event will also see demonstrations of the team’s 3D printing and CNC milling capabilities.  Autonomous boats, unmanned aerial vehicles, and high-altitude balloons will also be on display.

Come join us as we celebrate the team’s 19th year – and, if you like, bid at our annual silent auction.  All proceeds go to support the RoboDawgs – the largest and most successful high school robotics program in the country.

 

 

RoboDawgs win State VEX Championship!

A quick post from the party bus on the way home.  

It was a Dawgs day at Michigan Srate University today.  RoboDawgs were on the winning alliance – and the finalist alliance.  This is the first time we have ever won the State Championship AND taken second place!  We also won the State Skills Challenge.  Six or seven of our twelve State Championship teams have qualified to play at the VEX World Championship in April.  (We kind of lost count – what a day!). A full update in a day or two.  For now – some photos!

A big day for the RoboDawgs

It’s 6am, and the RoboDawgs are on the move.  After a 15 hour FRC build day yesterday, the team is up and running!  Off to the State of Michgan VEX Championship!  Then, after some RoboDawg VEX Robotics teams qualify for the VEX World Championship, we’ll be back to the Robotics Center for another six hours of work on our FIRST Robotics robots!  Here we go!

New RoboDawg 3D printers working overtime

Grandville High School teacher Mike Evele continues to attract a large donor base on Donors Choose.  His most recent Donors Choose project, shown below, was initiated in January and former students and robotics team members made several of the early contributions.  The fundraising site was then promoted during a recent regional robotics event.  Donors at the event made short work of this project, completing the funding needed within four hours.

Over the past three weeks, the team received three new 3D printers – bringing our family of 3D printers to eight machines from five manufacturers.  We now print in Nylon, Fiberglass, PLA, HIP, PET, ABS, and carbon fiber.  And printing we are – our fleet of 3D printers are running close to 24 hours a day right now as we churn out parts for our FIRST Robotics Competition Robots!  A large group of RoboDawgs work with these machines, led by a small group of dedicated students who work with the 3D Printers and our CNC machine every week throughout the year.  This group of leaders includes Julianna Buck, Ellie Clark, Kyle Petersen, Hannah Evele, Evan Vandermate, Coley Spicuzza, Elisa La Barge, Curtis Lynn, Timothy Leaver, Jarod Parks, Kyle Hiller, Joshua Bolter, Skijlar Howerzyl, and Andy Hobelsberger.

Photos of items running on the printers today are at the bottom of this post.  Thank you to all the generous donors who helped us get the new 3D printers!

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