The Grandville High School RoboDawgs attended their first FRC competition of the year last Friday and Saturday. The teams made excellent progress at that event, held at East Kentwood High School.
Our program is a little unusual, as our robots are 100% student designed, student built, and student run. Our team’s coaches and mentors do not make parts or maintain the robots – and you will never see an adult on a RoboDawg drive team.
A big RoboDawg callout to our friends at FRC Team 4967, “That ONE Team.” (http://www.thatoneteam.org/about.html) We’ve known members of this team since they were in Lego League, and this great group works with us every fall to run one of the largest FIRST Lego League and JrFLL tournaments in the country. At the Kentwood event, That One Team formed an alliance with Team 85, Built on Brains (http://team85robotics.weebly.com/ – and then these two asked our Team 244 to join the alliance. This three-team alliance played well, winning in the quarterfinals and making it to the semi-finals. We were proud that Team 244 represented the RoboDawgs well and posted their highest scores of the competition in the semi-finals.
Congratulations to RoboDawg Team 244 captains Dakota Hamilton and Amanda Bowerman for pulling their team together and finishing the event strong. Kudos also to Team 88 captains Lucas Buck and Coley Spicuzza, as well as Team 216 captains Annika Rolo and Tyler Jack-Shilling for advancing their robots and game strategy at the Kentwood competition. Next up – the Waterloo Regional FRC Competition in Waterloo, Ontario.