The RoboDawgs spent October 23-25 in the center of the Rivertown Crossings mall in Grandville. Some highlights from the weekend:
- The West Michigan VEX Robotics League played at the mall on Saturday morning. Thirty-one teams from Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Grand Rapids, and Kenowa Hills played from 9am – 1pm. This group of teams plays every Saturday morning, and we play at fields in multiple school districts This gave the teams a chance to bring lots of spectators to the mall on a rainy Saturday morning.
- The RoboDawgs demonstrated several of their competitive Quadcopters, and the team built a new quadcopter at the mall on Saturday. Unmanned RoboDawg aerial vehicles have logged hundreds of flight hours this year. The team has successfully flown around school events (and at events all over Michigan) for more than 15 months.
- The team also had six years of competitive autonomous boats on display. We build and race boats, and we run the Great American River Race each year at Millennium Park. This is still the fastest autonomous boat race in America, and the only race for high school teams.
- Grandville High School is home to three FIRST Robotics teams, and we’re one of only two schools in the country that field three teams for the FIRST Robotics Competition. The team demonstrated five robots from prior years, three of which played all the way to the FRC World Championship.
- The team was demonstrated its design and 3D printing capability. We are leaders in design and fabrication of physical parts by high school students. The team currently runs five different 3D printers, and we can draw and manufacture parts made of plastic, nylon, carbon fiber, fiberglass, or Kevlar. We also were showing off parts made on our CNC machines.
The Grandville High School RoboDawgs are one of the United States’ largest and most accomplished high school robotics teams. Grandville Public Schools has been a leader in educational robotics for more than 17 years. Beginning with one high school robotics team in 1998, the district’s program has now grown to include more than 70 teams based at the District’s Robotics & Engineering Center. More than 1,000 students, from second through twelfth grades, participate on Grandville robotics teams, designing, building, and programming robotics for competitions around the world. Grandville has one of largest elementary robotics programs in the country, with young students competing in Lego League, JrFLL, and VEX IQ. These students go on to compete in the District’s VEX Robotics program at the middle school level, as well as the FIRST Robotics competition and the Great American River Race at the high school level. Team members build quadcopters and underwater rovers for high school competitions in the Midwest. This year, the RoboDawgs’ high-altitude balloon program is expected to achieve long distance sustained flight through neutral buoyancy for the first time.
More photos from the mall: