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.
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.
Woodworth Inc. Visit - 12/20/2019
Team RUSH 27 recently got the opportunity to go on a field trip to tour the facility of Woodworth Inc., one of our Visionary Partners. It was exciting and amazing to see how Woodworth Inc. provides a wide range of heat treatment services and to see how some of the things we learn in our team are incorporated in the real world.
Team RUSH put on a show with their float and was able to enjoy the nostalgic film of the holiday season with the community. The parade was a huge success and many floats were rewarded with a cash prize! Come out next year to embrace the holiday season with the team!
FTC OCCRA Meet 2 - 11/6/2019
Last winter, 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. This year's game, Skystorm, allows alliances to create a structure up in the sky that represents their alliance by stacking blocks with their robot. During this event, Team RUSH 27 students assisted in running matches, which included resetting the arena and being referees.
Team RUSH hosted the end of season event for the FIRST Lego League for teams in their community. This was a great chance for the younger kids to show off to their parents the many things they had learned and been able to build during their season. At this event Team RUSH students put on many challenges and games for when the kids weren't presenting to their parents or judges.
Annual Team RUSH Retreat - 9/27/2019
Teambuilding and Social Media Training - just a few of our highlights during the RUSH Retreat.
New Team RUSH 27 pit!
During the summer and fall before the 2020 season, students and mentors worked together to make a modular redesigned Team RUSH 27 pit. This new pit is easy to set up, easy to find tools, and looks great! Check out the new pit during the 2021 competition season.
This 2020 year has us apart but we still find ways to stay together as a team. This is when we do team builders to help us stay connected with each other. Some team builders held in the past include our white elephant gift swap and the pulse game where teams compete to grab a cup. Returning and new students alike love team builders and more will come!
Michigan Advocacy Conference
The Michigan advocacy conference otherwise known as MAC was a great chance for our students to dip their toes in the water of what it's like to be a true advocate. At this event Team RUSH held a meeting with State Representative Schroeder and State Senator Rosemary Bayer, In both of these meetings students were able to reciprocate their knowledge of FIRST and also share personal stories to boast the necessity for FIRST to be available around the globe!
Time for our last competition of the 2019 season! Click to view our tournaments results.
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
Time for our second district for the 2019 season! We traveled across the state over to East Kentwood High school and played our hearts out! Click to view our tournaments results.
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation
Our second competition has taken us far from our normal Michigan districts and all the way down to Huntsville, Alabama! Click to view our tournament results!
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors