Past Events

FLL Explore Expo - November 12th, 2022

The FLL Explore Expo was an amazing event, with 11 RUSH sponsored/lead FIRST Lego League Explore (grades K-3) teams and 4 teams from Holy Family School from Grand Blanc, MI. These young students did a fantastic job presenting their projects to the Reviewers (Judges)

MAC 2022 - October 12th, 2022

Yet again, Team RUSH attended the Michigan Advocacy Conference in Lansing. Student representatives learned about why advocacy is important, how we can effectively advocate for STEM education funding, and more! Thanks to team 1718 for putting on this wonderful event!

RUSH Retreat 2022 - October 7-8th, 2022

Team RUSH began their season in full spirits with the RUSH Retreat, a 2 day event full of team building, leadership and communications trainings, and much more! RUSH students and mentors alike learned, practiced, and played with the help of mentors and a guest speaker, Mr. Peterson from Challenge Island.

Junior Robotics Re-Booted! - September 20&22, 2022

Team RUSH once again kicked off the 2022/2023 FLL Explore and Challenge seasons this week, brining in over 75 kids total, with high spirits, and very very excited kids! Between FLL Explore for 2nd and 3rd graders, and FLL Challenge for 4th and 5th graders, there was no lack of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to once again, be able to play with robots!

Firefly Drone Shows Demo - September 21, 2022

Team RUSH has many amazing sponsors, one of them being Firefly Drones, a company that puts on events of hundreds of synchronized drones in the air to display images. Firefly invited the team out to their practice field to show us what they do, and how they involve robotics in every aspect of their company.

Watch the full drone demo flight here!

Kettering Kickoff - September 18, 2022

Team RUSH finished their offseason with Kettering Kickoff. With plenty of new students and high hopes, the team worked to place alliance 4 captains. Being first pick of alliance #1 meant they worked with teams 2337 and 5084 to place event quarterfinalists.

Indiana Robotics Invitational - July 15-17, 2022

Team RUSH students attended IRI with a partially new team, new drivers, and big goals. They drove strong going 9-5, being rank 7 and alliance captain 6. Working with teams 2075, 4535, and 7457, they placed event semi-finalists and had a lot of fun!

RUSH Regatta - July 9th, 2022

Team RUSH students brought their cardboard boats to Deer Lake to race against each other with the hopes of earning the coveted RUSH Regatta Cup Championship! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so if YOU would like to sponsor one of their boats, contact us!

RUSH Summer Camps - June 20-23 & 27-30

Team RUSH students spent weeks developing curriculum in order to run more than 5 different summer camps for kids 1st-5th grade! The different camps involved a FLL, Jr Vex, 3d modeling beginner and advanced, and girls engineering. These self developed camps instilled our RUSH students with leadership qualities, as well as helping involved kids in our community in stem.

2022 Houston World Championships - April 20-23

This week, Team RUSH worked to compete their hardest at the competition! They entered in with creativity, inspiration, and tenacity in mind! They finished 9-5-0 on newton field, coming to an unfortunate end in the semifinals at rank 12. They worked with team 3339 as their first pick, then selecting teams 1787, and 114.

2022 Michigan State Championships - April 13-16

This week, Team RUSH worked hard to dominate the competition! They entered in with energy and tenacity, with the goals to do their best and win! Finishing 11-1 in qualifications, 6-0 in divisional playoffs, and 4-2 interdivisional playoffs to win the championship with teams 2337 and 5090! The team won the quality award in the Consumers Energy Division.

2022 Troy District Event - March 31-April 2

This week, Team RUSH strived to compete at week 5 Troy Athens District Competition! The team faced challenges and overcame them. Finishing qualifications 10:1:1, then becoming alliance #1 captain to pick team 67 HOT! Ending playoffs 5:1 to win! They also won the Excellence in Engineering Award.

2022 Greater Pittsburgh Regional - March 16-19

This week, Team RUSH entered the competition with unwavering confidence and support from their community. They came, they saw, they conquered. Despite multiple challenges and setbacks, this team absolutely rocked the competition placing 2nd in qualifications with a record of 10:1, then going on to be first pick of the #1 alliance, finishing elimination matches with a record of 5:0 winning the event! They also again won the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford.

2022 Kettering University District Event - March 3-5

Team RUSH absolutely dominated the competition week 1 at Kettering University! The team faced and overcame challenges, stared adversity in the face, and pushed through. Finishing qualification matches 10:1:1 ranked #1, then going on to be undefeated in eliminations to win the event as alliance 1 captain! They also won the Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford.

2022 FIRST Game Reveal - January 8-9, 2022

This year Team RUSH came together to watch the 2022 FIRST game reveal of Rapid React! After learning about the new game, the team split up and became experts in the rules of the game and how it is played. The team then took some time to research past robots and games in order to understand more about to approach this year's game. The weekend was action-packed with a lot of team builders and brainstorming sessions. Team RUSH is back and ready to build another robot!

2021 Holiday Lights Parade - December 11, 2021

This past winter, Team RUSH once again teamed up with our community to put on the annual Holiday Lights Parade! This was our first parade in two years so we couldn't have been more excited to bring everyone together under the lights.

The theme was Toyland in C-Town and our parade entries did not disappoint! We saw everything from spinning Rubik's Cubes to toy wagons and had a super fun time despite the cold and windy weather.

2021 FLL Explorer expo - November 6, 2021

The FLL Junior Show Me event was a huge success, students had the opportunity to showcase their creations to judges and patents. Students also had the chance to see what the FLL and FTC challenges were this year. Every student got to go home with a medal and an award along with a smile on their face.

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.

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.

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