Robotics club started off rookie year with a bang

Photos by Milan Eagle media
Middle School Robotics Club display their trophy from FTC competition at Bedford.

By Milan Eagle media

The Milan Middle School Robotics Club started off their rookie year with a bang. The club started with a flyer being posted on a Monday for a meeting on Wednesday of the same week. Forty six middle school students showed up to the first meeting. From there the team met twice a week for several hours to learn about robots and how to program them.
The club competed in the FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) with two robots that the team engineered, constructed and programmed. The main objective was to keep it simple and make the robot consistent in the tasks that it had to perform in competition. The MMSRC robots competed in the Bedford event with 29 teams in all. The team was constructed of media, builders, programmers and drivers which added up to about 36 middle school students along with 7-8 mentors.  The team had a lot of spirit and worked extremely well together.  During the competition, one of the robots scored more points than any of the other teams.” We really didn’t expect to do as well as we did but near the end of the competition both robots were in the finals. At the end, one of the robots placed second overall with their alliance” said Rebecca Huelke.  After the competition, there was a debrief meeting and all of the kids brought great insight of what worked and didn’t work for all of the teams in the event. 
This team will be stronger next year with the experience that all of the middle school students will bring back to the new robotic challenge. The team will need your support big or small, financial and physical support next year. For more information or if you would like to donate or help please visit our instagram milanrobotics 2017 or you can leave a message (734-439-5200) with the principal for someone from Milan Middle School to contact you.

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