Our team is doing better than ever! At our first event at Kettering University, we ranked fourth out of forty, earning us forty-nine state points. At our second event at Gaylord High School, we ranked first out of forty, including two world champions, earning us an additional forty three state points.
We are ranked 17th out of 504 teams in the state of Michigan.
We earned an Excellence in Engineering award at Kettering and the Innovation in Control at Gaylord.
We have earned enough points to go to States and definitely plan to go. We also have a pretty good chance of going to the Worlds Championship. We could desperately use more sponsors to assist funding for States and Worlds. Just to enter the competition we need $4000 states and $5000 for worlds. The Marauderbots would greatly appreciate your help and sponsorships!
Our team was recently in the newspaper for our accomplishments. Check it out here!
Another busy day for the Marauderbots!
The programming team has finally been able to start running code with the robot. While doing this, the build team is fixing problems as they arise. Their hard work is starting to come together!
Our business team has fully updated the Business Plan.
The business and media teams worked to finish some smaller things like sponsor shoutouts and updating the website.
The team is getting more excited and more stressed as bag day is coming closer. Our first event is only four weeks away! There is still a lot to do, but the Marauderbots are a group of hard working and dedicated students. Anything can be done in this team!
This Saturday was a busy one!
The business team started out their day with editing the team's Business Plan. At the same time, Kennedy was designing our team t-shirts and logo (which look amazing, by the way!). As always, the build and programming teams spent the day in the Robotics room working on our bot.
After lunch, Mr. Topping led us all outside to show us a big surprise the mentors had been hiding. We got our own personalized trailer!! After receiving a grant from the Ovid-Elsie Community Fund, we purchased an enclosed trailer for our bot. With the remaining money from the grant, Edgewraps wrapped it. It looks amazing, and it shows how much we've grown in our five years.
This season's team captains were announced. Congratulations everyone!
Our Chairman's Award committee was selected. The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award in FIRST. The winner is a team that judges decide is a good model for other teams to follow, so the team must be an example of everything FIRST values. A group of three students will present to a set of judges, and their presentation must include everything about our team and what we stand for. Good luck to the six students who will help prepare for this.
On the build side of things, the lift mechanism was finished. The build team works together almost every day to meet the bot deadline, which is about six weeks from kickoff.
Towards the end of the meeting, the full team got together to work on scouting for our events.
These weekend meetings may be long, but they're very beneficial to the team. A lot of work can get done if the full team is working together in the same place and at the same time.
The Marauderbots held the 2018 kickoff on January 6th at Ovid-Elsie High School. After watching the livestream that revealed what the 2018 game would be, we split off into teams to dig deeper into the game manual. The entire team then regrouped so all team members informed about the rules of the game. Next, game plans! Everyone in the team (students, mentors, and parents) took part in a long discussion on how we were going to make this season's bot. We decided on what our full team's priorities were and discussed gameplay. Then the actual design started, and our build team started their job about a week later.
In the middle of kickoff, we held our annual 50/50 Raffle drawing. We want to give a huge thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for our team. Your support makes events like this possible.
Thank you to everyone that joined us for kickoff! Power up!