Team General

Congrats to all students that compete last weekend. It was a bummer that both teams competed on the same day, but thanks to all the parents, mentors and coaches that volunteer, both events were a total success on many points. More details below. 

Grants Update

We received the good news!   NASA has approved our sponsorship application. This is a second year team growth grants worth $5000.

If you did not know yet, Ford is also a major sponsors with our FRC team fr $3000 and FTC team for $300.


Solidworks Training Opportunity

The Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance in cooperation with BTM Corporation in Marysville will host a Solidworks training series starting on 11/28 at 330pm. The training will be done by BTM Solidworks expert. If you have any interest in learning this tool, this is a great opportunity to get a jump start on modeling our robots.

Solidworks is one of our sponsor, they are providing us with 30 licenses for free. If you have any interest in an engineering career, this skill should be on top of your list to learn… and here it is for free… Please let me know asap before Friday, 6pm as we need to reserve our seats. I will be attending the class and can provide some transportation to and from BTM.

Students should have a laptop with Solidworks installed. I can assist with installing on your pc.

I know this is a long post, but there is a lot of info to share, so please keep reading !!!



15152930_1333906079963216_1242356508_oFLL IronRats and IronRats2 teams participated in the 2016 ThunderQuest tournament at Henry Ford II High School on Saturday 11.19.16 in Sterling Heights. The day consisted of three separate judging events for FLL Core Values, the Animal Allies Project and Robot Design. Each team also had four rounds of timed robot competition.

The IronRats showed gracious professionalism while competing at the largest qualifier in the state of Michigan.
I would like to also add that the team set forth some ambitious goals for their first season. Not only did the team rise to the challenge but they exceed expectations. Judges were very impressed that we chose the most complicated part of the robot challenge to complete and exhibited advanced programming skills.

One set of judges said that the team meshed very well especially being rookie team.

We had many challenges during the competition, but all our kids remained calm and went to work identifying the problem and presenting solutions; always a team they remained. As a rookie team we identified areas for development and improvement, however one area that shined through out the day was how the team(s) pulled together and exhibited a certain esprit de corps.

To summarize the kids are and should be proud of all they accomplished this season.

Your coaches and parents are so proud of your rookie season IronRats!

2016 November Sterling Heights ThunderQuest Gallery

Team pizza party next Wednesday 11/30 at Algonquin, followed by Community Thank you Outreach at 7pm in the computer lab.

Make sure you wear your team shirt !



img_5827 What a team effort!

This team performed beyond expectations last weekend. All the hard work and learning really showed up and i am beyond excited on what we accomplished as a team.

Second place????    are you kidding me?     that was awesome! i hope everyone has as much fun as i did. Great job !

Next qualifier is Bedford on 12/10. More info will be communicated in the next few weeks.

We would like to have a parent meeting to discuss event prep on Monday 11/28 at 730 pm. at the lab.

This is our last chance to make it to States this year. Let’s do it!


Mon 11/28 6-8pm

Tue 11/29 – 6-8pm

Wed 11/30 – 7-730pm at Algonquin Elementary – Special meeting with IronRats FLL Team. Team Pictures, everybody to wear their team shirts.

Second Qualifier is 12/10/16 in Temperance, Click here to RSVP using Sign Up Genius.

State Championships in Battle Creek on 12/17. More info will be available soon.

2016 November Marysville District Qualifier Gallery





Main focus right now will be to support the FTC team.

A Trello board will be developed shortly to list what needs to be done in the next few months in preparation to the upcoming season in January.

Enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving !

Coach Seb