Top Dogs 2010

Sep 20, 2010

Teams from Goodrich, Swartz Creek and Midland were "Top Dogs" and took first-place honors at the 11th Annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics competition.

Teams from Goodrich, Swartz Creek and Midland shared the top award at the 11th annual Kettering Kickoff FIRST Robotics competition in Flint on Saturday, Sept. 18.  About 1,000 visitors attended the event that attracted 38 teams – one from Israel and the rest from Michigan.  This year's game was called Breakaway, featuring robots playing soccer.

Kettering Kickoff Founder Bob Nichols said the Kettering Kickoff is an popular robotics competition of the mind. “It matches the 2010 robots from FIRST Robotics with 2011 high school teams,” he explained. “It allows teams to build skills and teamwork camaraderie before the FIRST competition season begins in January.”

Overall winners of the tournament, The Top Dog Award, went to three first-place teams:
Team 494, The Martians of Goodrich
Team 1243, The Dragons of Swartz Creek and
Team 2619, The Charge of Midland.

The Big Dog Award, second-place in the tournament, was shared by:
Team 469, Las Guerrillas of Bloomfield Hills
Team 548, Robostangs of Northville and
Team 910, Foley's Freeze of Madison Heights.

Other top honors at the Kettering Kickoff went to:

The Robot Design Award – Team 469, Las Guerrillas of Bloomfield Hills
The Safety Award - Foley Freeze, Team 910, of Madison Heights

The "Long Shot" Award – Team 1946, FG - Tamra from Tamra, Israel, for traveling the farthest to participate

The #1 Seed Award - Team 469, Las Guerrillas of Bloomfield Hills

Top Score of the Day was shared by Team 469, Las Guerrillas of Bloomfield Hills; Team 910, Foley's Freeze of Madison Heights, and Team 2145, the HazMats of Fenton
The Spirit of FIRST Award - Team 1189, Gearheads of Grosse Pointe

A new award, The 'Kick Hunger' Award -- a food drive on behalf of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan -- was won by Team 314, Big Mo of Flint, with 1,845 pounds of food donated.  In all, the faculty, staff and students of Kettering University and the participants of the Kettering Kickoff donated 3,525 pounds of food to the Food Bank.
Teams competing at the 11th Annual Kettering Kickoff were:
Team 27, Team RUSH, Clarkston
33, Killer Bees, Auburn Hills
51, Wings of Fire, Pontiac
66, Flyers, Ypsilanti
70, More Martians, Goodrich
217, ThunderChickens, Sterling Heights
247, Dabears, Berkley
302, Dragons, Lake Orion
314, Megatron Oracles, Flint
322, F.I.R.E., Flint
326, Xtreme Eagles, Romulus
397, Knight Riders, Flint
468, Baker Explorers, Flint
469, Las Guerrillas, Bloomfield Hills
494, Martians, Goodrich
503, Frog Force, Novi
548, Robostangs, Northville
703, Team Phoenix, Saginaw
862, Lightning Robotics, Canton
894, Powers Chargers, Flint
903, Robotroopers, Detroit
910, Foley Freeze, Madison Heights
1189, Gearheads, Grosse Pointe
1243, Dragons, Swartz Creek
1322, G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons, Fenton
1506, Metal Muscle, Flint
1684, Golden Eagles, Lapeer
1718, The Fighting Pi, Armada
1946, FG – Tamra, Tamra, Israel
2137, The Oxford RoboCats, Oxford
2145, HAZMATs, Lake Fenton
2337, EngiNERDS, Grand Blanc
2604, Metal & Soul, Capac
2612, Waterford Mott Destroyers, Waterford
2619, The Charge, Midland
2832, The Livonia Warriors, Livonia
3096, Finney Highlanders, Detroit
3401, Eagletrons, Orchard Lake
During the Kettering Kickoff, a variety of automobiles were on display, including Chevrolet, Buick and GMC products from Patsy Lou Williamson Dealership in Flint, Ford products from Lasco Ford in Fenton. Al Serra also provided GM products for visitors to see and Genesee Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep also joined the car line-up!
FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a national effort to inspire youth to explore career possibilities in engineering, science and technology.  FIRST robotics pits teams in a head-to-head competition between large radio-controlled robots built by teams of high school students and sponsoring engineers and teachers.
Nichols noted that Michigan is tops among the “big states” for team participation in FIRST.  Almost one-third of Michigan high schools now have a FIRST robotics team as a varsity sport, he added.
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Written by Patricia Mroczek