Nanobots invade Flint area

Dec 15, 2006

Teams of young inventors descended on the Flint area Dec. 15 and 16 to challenge each other in nanobattle.

The second of two statewide FIRST Lego League Nano Quest Championship Tournament events was at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, 1409 W. Maple Ave, Flint, Saturday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A total of 44 teams competed in the Flint/Genesee County Championship Tournament for a chance to advance to the international championship tournament in Atlanta in April 2007. Four of the teams were from Flint and Genesee County, they are the: Micro Heroes/CHIP, from Rankin Elementary, of Flint, White Wolves/Mork from Ork, from Fenton Community, of Fenton, LEGO Blockheads/LEGO Roboto, from Southwestern Academy, of Flint, and Martians/Dr. Onan Noswad, from Goodrich Middle School, Goodrich.

FIRST Lego League (FLL) introduces children around the world to the fun and experience of solving real-world problems by applying math, science, and technology to solve real-world engineering problems. FLL teams have been to space, searched the oceans, and explored ways to help humankind. The 2006 challenge zoomed from the world we know, through a super high-powered atomic microscope, to the strange world of individual atoms for Nano Quest.

Prior to the Saturday competition, teams could participate in a variety of pre-tournament activities Friday, Dec. 15 at Kettering University, the General Motors Truck Plant and the Flint Cultural Center.

Students toured the Truck Plant to see the latest in manufacturing technology, robots that build trucks. They also spent time at Kettering visiting the Crash Safety Center with Spartakus the crash test dummy and his family of crash dummies, learned about Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) race vehicles built by Kettering student teams, saw a small mobile robots demonstration and participated in a pre-competition team challenge.

After a pizza partythe FLL teams toured Sloan Museum and saw a laser show at Longway Planetarium.

Event sponsors for the Flint/Genesee County Championship Tournament included:

  • General Motors Corporation
  • Genesee County Board of Commissioners Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • American Credit Card Processing
  • GLIMAeast
  • Patsy Lou Williamson
  • The Rotary Club of Flint
  • Rowe Engineering
  • Wolgast Construction Management
  • Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools
  • Genesee Intermediate School District
  • Flint Area Convention and Visitor Bureau
  • Flint Cultural Center
  • Kettering University
  • Mott Community College and
  • Walker Electric

The teams competing in Flint were:

  • Bananos / RoboKong, Pine Knob Elementary, Clarkston
  • LEGO Leopards, Leonard Elementary, Lenoard
  • Docs with Blocks, Neighborhood Group, Hudsonville
  • Micro Heroes / CHIP, Rankin Elementary, Flint
  • White Wolves / Mork from Ork, Fenton Community, Fenton
  • Blue Cheesy Flamingos / Ralph, Kalamazoo Portage Robot Club, Kalamazoo
  • LEGO Blockheads / LEGO Roboto, Southwestern Academy, Flint
  • LEGO Lakers / Rover, Neighborhood Group, Spring Lake
  • Nano Detectives / Scotty, Corpus Christi Catholic School, Holland
  • Bionic Buccaneers / Byron, Wayland Union Schools, Wayland
  • Brothers Keepers, Homeschool Group, Rhodes
  • LEGO NUTS / Robbie the Robot, United Methodist Youth, Frankenmuth
  • MSU LEGO Robotics #2-LEGO Ladies / Betty Sue, Ovid Elsie MS / MSU Engineering, Ovid Elsie
  • MSU LEGO Robotics #5-Nano Blocks, Ovid Elsie Middle School / MSU Engineering, Ovid Elsie
  • Pickletrons / Hal, Arrowwood Elementary, Saginaw
  • Nano Trek,Homeschool Group, Saginaw
  • SASA Robo-Dragons, Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw
  • Atom Destroyers, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw
  • Electronic Atoms, White Pine Middle School, Saginaw
  • Nano 9-1-1 / Ernie, St. Paul Lutheran School, Hemlock
  • Geek Squad, Hemmeter Elementary, Saginaw
  • SuperSonicSix, Livingston Area Homeschoolers, Howell
  • Martell Nanobots, Martell Elementary, Troy
  • LightningBots, Hull SciMathTech Academy, Benton Harbor
  • Nano Squad / Robot ONE, Charyl Stockwell Academy, Howell
  • NanoDealers, Tahquamenon Area Schools, Gwinn
  • Electric Molecule Nanoz, Lakewood Elementary, Holland
  • LEGO Leaders, Wells Township Schools, Arnold
  • NanoAtomic Penguins, Marist Academy, Pontiac
  • Molecular Monkeys, Hartland Schools, Hartland
  • RoboFlight V2.0, Livingston Area Homeschoolers, Howell
  • M GO Blue Bots, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Nanonians, Livingston Area Homeschoolers, Howell
  • Moran Huskies Slim Jim, Moran Township School, St. Ignace
  • Oxford CATS / NIP, Oxford Schools, Oxford
  • Techno-Geeks / Technobots, Houghton Middle School, Houghton
  • Brandon Quasars, Brandon Schools, Ortonville
  • Martians / Dr. Onan Noswad, Goodrich Middle School, Goodrich
  • LEGOS in Paradise, Homeshool Group, Belmont
  • Return of the Geckos, S. Shore Christian School, Holland
  • Bionic Bulldawgs, Central Elementary & West Grandville Elementary, Grandville
  • The Minimizers, Neighborhood Group, Grandville
  • Team Tahquabots / Weeble, Tahqamenon Area Schools, Newberry
  • South Elementary & Grandville Middle School, Grandville