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!





Registration open for Summer 2017 VEX Robotics Camp

Registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Camp hosted by the RoboDawg coaches. This year there is only one session of this week-long engineering and programming camp held each August at beautiful Camp Newaygo. This five day camp which runs from August 13-17 helps students develop strategies and robots to compete in the world-wide VEX Competition. Campers eat, sleep, play – and do robots! Every day includes lots of time to build and program, but campers also engage in traditional summer camp activities at the waterfront, on the ropes course, on the ziplines, and in other areas of the camp. More photos and information from prior year camps can be found in other RoboDawg blog posts.  To register, just click here “REGISTER NOW

Grandville Hosts West Michigan Regional VEX Championship

Yesterday, Grandville High School hosted the 2017 West Michigan Regional VEX Championship.  The top 48 High School and Middle School VEX Robotics teams from Districts in Western Michigan came together to compete for the opportunity to advance to the State VEX Robotics Championship.  (The State Championship will be held on Sunday, February 19, at Michigan State University.)

Herman Miller and X-Rite have been long-time sponsors of robotics teams in West Michigan, and both organizations provided judges for yesterday’s Championship.  Many of these school teams receive their primary support from organizations like Grand Rapids Junior Robotics, Hudsonville Robotics, Michiana Youth Robotics,  Caledonia Robotics, and Jension Robotics.

WOOD TV8 covered the event, and they have an excellent set of photos from the Championship on their website.

Tournament results are below – the twelve High School teams and ten Middle School awards that advance to the State Championship are marked with an asterisk.

VEX Robotics is the largest and fastest growing High School and Middle School competition in the world, with more than 16,000 teams in 40 countries. Learn more about the 2016-2017 VEX Robotics Challenge, Starstruck, by clicking here.