EngiNERDs Compete at Kettering University District Event
The Grand Blanc High School Varsity Robotics Team – The EngiNERDs competed at the Kettering University District Competition on March 9, 10 and 11, 2017, with their Robot, NERDx.
The Team competed in 12 qualification matches, and ended with a record of 8-4-0, and Captained the 4th Seed Alliance during the Playoffs, alongside Team 1506 – Metal Muscle, from North Oakland County, and Team 5046 – The Jacked-Up Jackets from Memphis. The NERDs’ Alliance fought through the semi-finals, and were eliminated after four matches.
The Team earned the Gracious Professionalism Award, which celebrates outstanding demonstration for FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.
Two Students – Alexis Limban and Lauren Navock - were recognized as nominees for the FIRST Dean’s List award, which acknowledges outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. Co-Head Mentor, Brandi Bolinger was nominated for the Woodie Flowers Award, which is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills, and will go on to compete for this honor at the Michigan State FIRST Robotics Championship.
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Robot Build and Season Prep Workshop at Kettering University
To help Teams develop a game strategy that is adapted for their specific abilities and needs, the EngiNERDs are hosting an interactive, hands-on workshop the day after FIRST Kickoff. Veteran and Rookie Teams are invited to attend, and will gain valuable knowledge about strategy, and have the opportunity to build their Kit of Part (KoP) Chassis.
In order to attend the Kit of Parts Chassis Build, Teams will need to attend the "Strategy Dictates Design" portion of the day. During this time, Members of Team 2337 will sort your Kit of Parts and distribute mechanical and electrical parts to the appropriate area, and also begin installing/updating necessary software on your Team's Laptop/Classmate PC.
Interested in joining the GBHS Robotics Team?
The Grand Blanc High School Robotics VEX and FRC Teams are currently recruiting new Team Members.
To help provide participation opportunities for all Students who are interested in joining the High School Robotics Team, we have developed a year-round J.V. Robotics Program, which will compete in the VEX Robotics Competition.
EngiNERDs qualify for the FRC Michigan State Championship
The Grand Blanc High School Robotics Team, The EngiNERDs, had a great showing at the Troy FIRST Robotics District Competition, which was held March 31 through April 2, 2016 at Athens High School.
With a record of 10-2-0, the Team went on to Captain the 2nd Alliance, and compete alongside Team 3539, The Byting Bulldogs from Romeo High School and Team 6013, The Robowolves from Cornerstone Health + Technology High School in Detroit. Through the Playoffs, the Alliance competed in 8 hard-fought matches and finished as Event Finalists.
The outstanding Robot performance has qualified the EngiNERDs to compete as one of 102 of the top FIRST Robotics Competition Teams at the FRC Michigan State Championship, held April 13 through 16 at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids.
The EngiNERDs also earned the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. This award is presented to the Team that is recognized as having passion, knowledge and commitment to furthering STEM education. The Team will compete for this award at the Michigan State Championship.
Thank you For Attending The EngiNERDS 2016 Day-After Kickoff Workshop
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Support our Extra Life Team!
Extra Life is a 24-hour Gaming Marathon where the EngiNERDs raise money for Children's Miracle Network at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan.
How can you help? Try one of these two ways: Sign up to participate by creating a fundraising account, or donate to a player.
VEX A-Team Qualifies for States
EngiNERDs Qualify for FIRST World Championship!
Premier Tooling Systems Named "Hometown Hero"
Upon winning the award, Thom said in his acceptance speech, "None of us here do what we do for the recognition. We do it because we like to contribute to the support of the community, and to the support of the Youth in our community; the future leaders of our community. I really don't do anything but share what I have." Thom and Rick have always been Heroes to the EngiNERDs, and we are honored to recognize them as the "Hometown Hero" of Grand Blanc.
2015 Kettering University District Competition Champions!
The Team also earned the Industrial Safety Award, sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories, which celebrates the Team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.
Juniors William Garland and Michael Olmsted were nominated for the "FIRST Dean's List" award, for demonstrating leadership and commitment to the ideals of FIRST, their effectiveness at increasing awareness of robotics in the school and community, and for their technical expertise and passion.
Students and Mentors were given the opportunity to network with the EngiNERDs' Partners, and the Partners were able to see the hard work and dedication put forth by Team Members.
2015 Day-After Kickoff Workshops
To help Teams develop a game strategy that is adapted for their specific abilities and needs, the EngiNERDs are hosting an interactive, hands-on workshops the day after FIRST Kickoff. Veteran and Rookie Teams are invited to attend, and will gain valuable knowledge about strategy, and have the opportunity to build their Kit of Part (KoP) Chassis. A new Team Organization workshop will help teams get prepared for the season and run smoothly.
Membership is open to all Students at Grand Blanc High School. There's something for everyone!
Directions to our Facility - Premier Tooling Systems
2014-2015 VEX Game Challenge: SKYRISE
Team Member, Alumni and Partner BBQ 2014
It's been seven years since the EngiNERDs began, and the Team would love to see all of its Team Members, EngiFam, Alumni and Partners at this summer's BBQ!
When: Saturday, August 9 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm
(Movie on the Lawn starting at 10:00pm)
Where: Premier Tooling Systems
EngiNERDs promote our Partner: Tropical Smoothie 2014
Please join us at the home of our Partner, Tropical Smoothie of Grand Blanc, for a Demo Day with a Tropical Twist!
The Team's 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Robot, "Das Bull" (featuring "The Clawbots") will be out crusin' the parking lot. We'll have dancing, tattoos, and robots for you to drive.
Remember to stop by the restaurant, because Tropical Smoothie will continue their partnership with the EngiNERDs by donating 15% of your bill back to the Team. We truly appreciate your support.
When: Saturday, August 9 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Tropical Smoothie of Grand Blanc
2381 E Hill Rd #2, Grand Blanc Township, MI 48439
Check out our Team's Facebook Event Page for more information.
Summer and Fall Events 2014
Wondering what the EngiNERDs are all about?
The Grand Blanc High School Robotics Team meets year-round and has events planned through the Summer and Fall. Events are open to the public, most are free!
EngiNERDs Qualify for World Championship in St. Louis 2014
NERDs Compete at Michigan State Championship 2014
Heading into the Michigan State Championship, held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, the EngiNERDs were ranked Number one, based on win-loss record and the awards the Team received.
The Robot played to a 11-5-0 record, earning the second seed Alliance Captain position, and allowed them to select Team 469, Las Guerillas (from International Academy of Bloomfield Hills(, and Team 2834, The Bionic Blackhawks (from Bloomfield Hills). The alliance was eliminated in the semi-finals by the Teams who went on to win the event.
The EngiNERDs earned the Motorola Quality Award, which Celebrates machine robustness in concept and fabrication. At the conclusion of the event, the Team ranked 5th of 276 Teams in the State.
Troy District Competition Results 2014
Team 2337 Wins St. Joseph District and Chairman's Award 2014
The Grand Blanc High School FIRST Robotics Team 2337 had a great weekend at the St. Joseph District Competition. The EngiNERDs played to a 15-5-0 record throughout the competition, ranking fourth at the end of qualification matches. We were paired with the number one alliance of Team 3620, The Average Joe’s (from St. Joseph) and Team 1502, The Technical Difficulties (from Chelsea) and went on to take first place and win the competition in eight matches.
The EngiNERDs earned the Chairman’s Award, which is the most prestigious award at FIRST, and honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FRC on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become scientists, engineers, and technologists.
Our Team’s Safety Captain, Lily Eckman, received recognition as the “Safety Star of the Day”, along with #1 Pit Safety, and the “Hard Hat” industrial safety award from Underwriter Laboratories.
If you missed the St. Joseph District, you can watch our matches at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw_-zRz0sues3iuNTeQ4zH5Z3G8RDbW_Z and see photos of the event on the Team’s Flickr Page at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/114174886@N08/sets/72157643217062153/ . Our next competition is at Troy Athens High School on April 4th and 5th. All events are free and open to the public, please feel free to join us. If you can’t make it, a live stream of the competition can be found at http://www.twitch.tv/firstinmichigan starting at 9:30am on Friday.
EngiNERDs Win Kettering District & Engineering Inspiration 2014
The Team also earned the Engineering Inspiration Award, and will be competing alongside 14 other Teams for this award at the Michigan State Championship in April. The Engineering Inspiration award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.
Media coverage for this event was featured in the Grand Blanc VIew, thanks to Paula Kay Schmidt, and match video archives can be found on Team 2337's YouTube Channel for Aerial Assist.
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