Saturday, March 31, 2012
Troy Athens High School hosts 40 robotics teams from around the state competing for a bid to the state finals.
Forty Michigan robotics teams went toe-to-toe Friday in the first day of the two-day Troy FIRST Robotics Districts Competition at Troy Athens High School. The competition features teams from around the state, including the Troy District Hammerheads, the International Academy East Exiles and dozens of other teams from southeast Michigan. Team members control robots, built from a kit of parts, that are equipped to shoot mini basketballs into hoops. The competition, titled "Rebound Rumble," has two teams (or alliances), controlling their robots to score as many baskets as possible in 2 minutes, 15 seconds. The battleground is like a combination of a basketball court with a "Quidditch" field, with five hoops on each side of the 27-by-54-foot …
Friday, February 10, 2012
A cross-town rivalry basketball game takes on greater meaning, and robots built by local students take over the mall.
Typically, Bloomfield Patch will offer up a list of best bets for weekend activities you might not want to miss around town. While we'll still highlight some of the numerous activities filling up our Events Calendar, now we want to hear from you about what fun things should be on the list. Here's a start: What else is going on? Tell us about your event in the comments below and post it on our calendar of events by clicking on the "events" tab above. If you have any trouble, check out our easy how to create an event video.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Second-annual event co-presented by LEGO showcases student creations for all to see and experience.
Shopping at The Somerset Collection will be a bit different this weekend as more than 100 students from Cranbook Kingswood will convene at the mall to share their expertise in robotics with hands-on demonstrations for the public. The second annual World of Robots will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in the mall's center court. Students from the Cranbrook Schools Robotics Club will show their latest creations across a broad spectrum of robotic engineering and allow passersby an opportunity to try out the controls. In addition to club members, representatives from the club's partners, including Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, will be on site. The event, co-presented by LEGO, drew …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Team earns the Grand Champion Award at the First Lego League tournament last weekend.
Ten 7th graders at Bloomfield Hills Middle School were awarded grand champion honors at the First Lego League (FLL) robotics program tournament in White Lake last Saturday. The state championship is designed for students ages 9-16 and is intended to get them excited about science and technology while teaching them valuable professional and life skills. The team, named NXT Lightning, took top honors for their performance the Food Factor Challenge, where teams of 10 students and an adult coach program an autonomous robot to perform scored tasks on a themed playing field to solve a problem they identified. The competition was at Lakeland High School and comprised of 48 teams from around the state. "Our kids really represented BHMS with …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Oakland County Schools robotics tournament season kicks off with competition among 18 schools.
The Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association kicked-off the tournament season with an event that drew 18 teams to Royal Oak High School Saturday. The hosts captured the Beautiful Bot award and teams from Brother Rice and Marian high schools took the spirit award. “During the first tournament of the season, students with robots get a feel for what to expect," said Mike McIntyre, science teacher and science support leader for Oakland Schools. "By the time the county championships roll around in November, the bugs are out and the machines are perfected. Competition really gets tough then." McIntyre is one of the coordinators for the program, along with project coordinator Terri Kroll. “We wanted Oakland County to have its own …