St Joseph District Event March 10-11 2017

We learned so much, made many adjustments and improvements, collaborated and networked with many teams and are grateful for all the support from our coaches, mentors, community and sponsors who made this experience possible. A big thank you to Alliance 4 Captain Paw Paw High School FIRST Robotics Team #5462 2pawR and Team 1918 NC Gears for picking us to be part of their alliance! We had an awesome run and made it to the semi-finals!

We are honored to be the recipients of the Engineering Inspiration Award and will be representing the St. Joseph District in this category 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 or organization and community.”


  • Extent and inventiveness of the team’s efforts to recruit students to engineering with particular emphasis on the most recent year’s efforts.
  • Measurable success of those efforts.
  • Extent and effectiveness of the team’s community outreach efforts with particular emphasis on the most recent year’s efforts. Measurable success of those efforts.
  • A commitment to science and technology education among the team, school, and community.
  • Achievement of the FIRST mission and ability to communicate that at the competition and away from it.
  • Efforts are ongoing, not strictly concentrated on the build and competition season.


Day 1 Review

Our pit is setup, the robot is unbagged and we have passed inspection.  We were even able to get a practice match on the competition fields.

All systems on the robot are working and we are please with the speed of the robot. We missed placed the gear in autonomous by a very small amount. This was due to some tracking adjustment code meant for the practice robot. The pit team is replacing the retaining clips on the drive train in the morning as a preventative measure.

We currently do not know our match schedule. As of the close of the pits last night 29 out of 40 teams had passed inspection. Opening ceremonies will start at 10:30am with qualification matches starting immediately afterwords.

Watch our blog for information on how to remotely watch the event live.

Here is a link to our photo library of yesterday.

Good luck to all FIRST teams competing today!

Load in Day

Today is load in day for the FIM Saint Joseph event!

We will be loading up our pit gear, tool boxes, spare parts and robot. The doors will open at the Saint Joseph High School Field house at 4pm with the pits opening up at 5pm. Our pit location is the same as last year. We are hoping for a fast inspection to allow for some practice time.

We hope to see you there. Keep checking back on our website for updates throughout the event.

Thank you to our sponsors, team parents and community supporters!