Newsletter 4/8/2019

It’s official!  The Full Metal Muskrats ranked 149 out of 542 teams in the Michigan District.  The team is officially qualified to participate at the Michigan State Championship this weekend at Saginaw Valley State University along with 160 teams from all over Michigan.  This will be the teams first time at States!

We will be competing for a spot at the FIRST Championship in Detroit later this month.  Wish us luck!  

The event is free to attend if you wish to join us this Thursday thru Saturday.  Follow this link for event information including a link to the webcast if you want to cheer from home.

Algonac Robotics FTC team the Roborats and our FLL Jr. team the Moon Muskrats will be participating in the Championship in Detroit April 24-27.  Follow this link to preplan your visit down to Detroit for this event.  Again, it is a free event, but you do have to register either in advance or at the event.  Come see teams from all over the world show off their hard work.  There are some hands on exhibits to explore as well.  Last year the city was a buzz with many activities outside Cobo too.  Come down explore and help us cheer on our teams!

STEM Camp 2018

Shelby Woods, a team member of the Algonac Robotics FRC team, organized the team’s first STEM camp.  Day one was all about team names, getting to know each other, and BRIDGES!  We learned about different types of bridges.  Each camper then got to build a marshmallow bridge and test its strength with pennies.  This was day one of  the three day camp, and we can’t wait to see what our campers will learn next!

FLL Mentor Camp 2018

Algonac Robotics FRC Members attended our first, two day FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Mentor Camp this week to prepare for the upcoming INTO ORBIT challenge.  This will be the FLL Iron Rats third year as a team and we are looking forward to having our FRC team members mentor our team.  During the camp we built a simple robot, learned some coding basics, and discussed FLL in general.  We also talked through what the Mentors roll would be.  FLL teams compete with an autonomous LEGO robot of their own creation, to complete a series of missions for competition.  They are also challenged to come up with an innovative solution to a real world problem and present it not only to the judges during competition but also those who might benefit from their solution before competition.  They are also tasked with learning and using the FIRST Core Values as a team and out in their communities.  Having experienced mentors this season will be a big help for the team to be able to learn and grow so much more!