2021 Clarkston Robotics Programs: 9/21-11/21
Due to COVID-19, Team RUSH students have been restricted from holding in-person RUSH FLL Junior, FLL, & FTC fall camps for the past two years. Fortunately for us, we were able to start the programs up once again this fall and even include a new level of LEGO robotics: FLL discover! During these programs, RUSH students mentor small groups of young-learners, teaching them all about LEGO robots, FIRST core values, and the engineering process.
On November 6th 2021, Team RUSH will be back to hosting our annual FLL Junior Show Me event, and we are so excited to be able to showcase all of our students' hard work!
FTC OCCRA Competition - 11/1/2021
This Fall, Team RUSH 27 helped run the OCCRA FTC Qualifier. We worked hard to allow brilliant kids to demonstrate the hard work they put into their FTC season. During this event, Team RUSH 27 students assisted in running matches, which included resetting the arena and being referees.
2021 RUSH Retreat - 10/23/21
Team RUSH students came together and learned how to work better as a team by participating in a variety of trainings and teambuilding activities this fall! We were incredibly relieved to be able to host this event once again.
2021 Kettering Offseason Invitational - September 18, 2021
Competitions are back! Team RUSH’s first competition since February 2020 happened on September 18, 2021 at the Kettering Invitational Kickoff event, a competition held and hosted at Kettering University, this year the game was Infinite Recharge. The game was first released in the 2020 season, and with what seemed like an infinitely long break due to COVID Team RUSH was able to recharge and come back as good as ever. RUSH took second place along with CowTown Robotics and Metal Muscle out of over forty teams. Team RUSH not only made this return to the stadium a success on the field, but also an enjoyable, action-packed, fun-filled weekend.
2021 RUSH Summer Camps - Week of 6/28/2021
This year, our RUSH Summer Camps for kids were the first step back to normalcy! Every camp was entirely student-led, allowing our amazing students to get a good amount of experience mentoring. As we got back into the groove, both counselors and students had the time of their lives, many of them sad that it had to end so soon. We look forward to seeing all of the campers again next summer.
RUSH organized and ran four different summer camps throughout the week of June 28 through July 1, 2021. The TinkerCad camp focused on learning how to operate a CAD program as well as how to 3D print designs. In the FLL and FLL Jr. programs students learned how to build and program their own robot using Legos. In the SPRK Robotics camp students got to program Team RUSH’s own Sphero robot balls to move around different obstacles.
Safety Training - Beginning 9/21/2020
As we prepare to start in-person meetings, we hosted our annual Shop Safety Training sessions online so all students on the team understand appropriate safety protocol in the machine shop.
Also, we held COVID-19 Safety Training sessions so everyone understands the additional safety expectations.
For both training sessions, students needed to take and pass an online quiz on the topics.
Career Development Training - Beginning 8/5/2020
Students joined Team RUSH’s Career Development Training! All who participated in these training sessions received resume building instructions, tips and tricks for interviews, mock interviews where participants can practice their craft, and an informational, professional panel. These online Zoom meetings were on August 5th, 12th, 19th, and the 26th from 7 to 8 PM.
Virtual "Clean Planet" Weekly Program - Beginning 7/22/2020
Introducing the brand new Clean Planet Program! RUSH led a free camp to teach about the environment, while still indoors. K-3rd graders loved this camp experience. We discussed problems in our environment and how we can help fix them. Our 4 weekly Zoom meetings were at 10 AM, starting July 22nd, and 13 students total attended.
July 22 - Global warming
July 29 - Fossil fuels & green energy
August 5 - Plastic & the ocean
August 8 - Deforestation
Virtual Summer Camps - Weeks of 7/13/2020 and 7/20/2020
To teach younger students about coding and 3D Modeling, we led Virtual RUSH Camps, which are our way of giving back to the community and to teach others about what we do as a team. We began camps involving CAD and block programming. All of these camps were held virtually. We want everyone to be able to make the most of social distancing by learning new skills. Across the two weeks, 7 students joined the Coding camp, and 12 students participated in the 3D Modeling camp.
Team RUSH at home challenges - July 1 through August 8, 2020
Due to COVID, Team RUSH created at home challenges for students and families of all ages and skill levels. There was a range of different challenges the community could choose from, including building a rocket out of LEGOs and building a Rube Goldberg machine with a group of people.
RUSH Camp - 6/15/2020 to 6/18/2020
Due to COVID-19, we were restricted from holding the in-person version of our annual RUSH Camp, a camp in the summer dedicated to the team’s members learning about the team itself, each other, and themselves. But, that did not stop us! Using Zoom, Team RUSH 27 met for six hours each day from Monday to Thursday from the comfort of our own homes. For example, one of our students led a fun team building challenge where groups got to recreate images using Google Sheets with pixel art! Returning and new students alike found delight in meeting as a team every day. The team essence of RUSH can never be lost!
Online National Advocacy Conference (NAC) - 6/13/2020 and 6/20/2020
Seven years ago, Team RUSH helped launch the annual National Advocacy Conference (NAC), where students lobbied for STEM reform in Washington, D.C. Over the years, more and more teams participated, so FIRST currently oversees the educational conference. Because of COVID-19, the event was online this year; some Team RUSH students participated! Through this two-day seminar, students learned about various topics: the different levels of advocacy, how to have successful meetings with political leaders, and how STEM reform relates to FIRST. Overall, the experience was very educational!
Our first competition of the 2020 season went extremely well. Team RUSH was able to partner with Team 2337 Enginerds, and Team 8386 Red Eye Robotics to win the Kettering University District Event. Team RUSH was also able to win the Excellence in Engineering award which is given out to the team which celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature. Overall it was a great tournament and we are excited to see where our season takes us.
Team RUSH Showcase - 2/21/2020
What is the showcase, you might ask? To answer simply, the showcase is a presentation hosted by Team RUSH students for parents, sponsors, seeking sponsors, alumni, and more. It’s a fun and beneficial event to show off what the team has been working on. For companies who are looking to sponsor Team RUSH, it’s a way to show why they should and how the sponsorship would help us. The showcase helps to train the students on communication skills as they are hosting the showcase. Sponsors are listed at the showcase, and nearly all other RUSH events. We are continually thankful for our sponsors past, present, and future.
Kickoff Weekend - 1/4/2020 to 1/5/2020
The Kickoff was an all weekend event that the students spent seeing, analyzing, understanding, and strategizing for the 2020 FRC game. This weekend was a great opportunity for the students to expand their knowledge on FIRST and their mission for this year. This time was also spent strategizing and discussing our game plan for the new game and what we want our robot to do.