Team Phoenix wins Kettering Kickoff

Sep 19, 2005

An alliance of robotics teams from Saginaw, Pontiac and Allen Park win the 2005 robotics contest.

Team Phoenix from Saginaw led an alliance with Chief Delphi of Pontiac Central High School (Team 47) and the Robocards (Team 5) of Allen Park to win the 2005 Kettering Kickoff robotics contest Sept. 17.

Team Phoenix (Team 703), which is sponsored by the Saginaw Career Complex, was the #1 seed going into the finals match of the contest that showcases robots built by high school students and their engineering mentors. The Kettering Kickoff is affiliated with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a national effort to inspire youth to explore career possibilities in engineering, science and technology.

Taking second place honors was an alliance of:
Flint Southwestern Academy Knight Riders (Team 397)
Flint Schools F.I.R.E. Team (Team 322) and
Clarkston's Metal Muscle Team (Team 1506).

"This is the biggest Kettering Kickoff we've ever hosted," said Kettering Kickoff Founder Bob Nichols, Kettering's vice president for Enrollment Management. "We had 30 teams and showcased some of the country's top young talent in engineering and science. These teams showed great spirit and skill."

Chief Delphi (Team 47) of Pontiac Central High School won the coveted Spirit of FIRST Award.
The Top Score of the Day Award was presented to an alliance of the Killer Bees (Team 33) of Auburn Hills, Chief Delphi (Team 47) of Pontiac and Friends of 1213 (Team 1213) of Waterford.
The Robot Design Excellence Award went to Tech Fusion (Team 279) from Toledo (Ohio) Public Schools.
The Safety Award was presented to BOB (Built on Brains) (Team 85) from Zeeland, Mich.
The Innovation in Control Award was won by Friends of 1213 (Team 1213) from Groves High School in Birmingham, Mich.
The Long Shot Award was won by the Shock-a-bots (Team 1567) of East High School in Rochester, N.Y., for traveling 354 miles.
The No. 1 Seed Award went to Frog Force (Team 503) of Novi.

Most of the 30 teams were from Michigan, with one each from Indiana, Ohio and New York. The teams of the 6th annual Kettering Kickoff were:
Robocards, #5, Allen Park, Mich.
Killers Bees, #33, Auburn Hills, Mich.
Chief Delphi, Pontiac Central High School, #47, Pontiac, Mich.
Huskies, #65, Pontiac, Mich.
The HOT Team, #67, Highland, Mich.
BOB (Built on Brains), #85, Zeeland, Mich.
Thunderchickens, #217, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Hammerheads, #226, Troy, Mich.
Tech Fusion, #279, Toledo, Ohio
Megatron Oracles, Carman-Ainsworth High School, #314, Flint, Mich.
F.I.R.E. Team, #322, Flint Schools, Flint, Mich.
Delphi Knight Riders, #397, Southwestern Academy, Flint, Mich.
Team Roboto, #447, Anderson, Ind.
Baker College Explorers, #468, Flint, Mich.
Martians, Goodrich High School, #494, Goodrich, Mich.
Frog Force, #503, Novi, Mich.
Phoenix, Saginaw Career Complex, Team #703, Saginaw, Mich.
Advanced Power, #815, Allen Park, Mich.
Genesis 02, #818, Warren, Mich.
Delphi Demons, #858, Wyoming, Mich.
Powers Chargers, #894, Powers Catholic HS, Flint, Mich.
Oaktown Crewz, Dondero High School, #1188, Royal Oak, Mich.
The Gearheads, #1189, Gross Pointe, Mich.
Friends of 1213, #1213, Waterford, Mich.
Swartz Creek Dragons, #1243, Swartz Creek, Mich.
The G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons, #1322, Fenton, Mich.
BIG Spartan Robotics, #1504, East Lansing, Mich.
Metal Muscle, #1506, Clarkston, Mich.
The Shock-abots, #1567, Rochester, N.Y.
Eagles, Lapeer East High School, #1694, Lapeer, Mich.

The 2005 event is hosted by Kettering University and Team 49 Buena Vista Dow Knights; Team 70 Auto City Bandits; Team 217 Thunderchickens; Team 314 Carman-Ainsworth Megatron Oracles; Team 322 Flint Schools F.I.R.E Team; Team397 Southwestern Academy Delphi Knight Riders; Team 468 Baker College Explorers; Team 494 Goodrich Martians; Team 1243 Swartz Creek Dragons and Team 1322 The G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons.

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Written by Patricia Mroczek
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