Saturday, September 19, 2009

Kettering Robotic competition

BY Terry Bankert


The object of the game is to have the robot do as many laps as possible around a circular track while scooping up and throwing large balls for additional points.[f]
Kettering University in Flint MI , , the best engineering school in the world, hosted on Saturday 9/18/09 a robotics competition for high school students from Michigan, Ohio and Canada.

It was as rowdy a crowd as any you would see at a varsity high school sporting event -- but in place of athletes there were robots, and instead of a court there was a metal cage[f]
I took my sister Christina to this. She is in a wheel chair or walker and Kettering moved us into the front row. Christina had a great time. Thank You Kettering.About 42 teams participated Saturday in the 10th running of the Kettering Kickoff First Robotics Competition in Flint.

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. Each year, the Kettering Kickoff helps high school teams "kick off" the start of their competition season by using the game, rules and robots of the previous year`s national competition. [r]

The FIRST program gives out millions of dollars in scholarships each year to high school participants, according to its Web site.[f]
At the center of it all were the metal robots, upwards of 5 feet tall, battling it out like gladiators in a plastic and metal cage. Outside the cage stood the "drivers," members of the robotics teams who control the robots with joysticks[f]

Competition founder Bob Nichols says this year's game is called "Lunacy" to mark the 40th anniversary of the first human lunar landing in 1969. [c]

Video to follow
Thumbnail pictures 61 photos, 21 videos

The event ran from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kettering's recreation center and is free to the public.
Teams competing at the 10th Kettering Kickoff are: Team RUSH, Clarkston, Mich. Killer Bees, Auburn Hills, Mich. Chief Delphi, Pontiac, Mich. Delphi ELITE, Warren, Ohio Truck Town Thunder, Ortonville, Mich. More Martians, Goodrich, Mich. Team R.O.B.O.T.I.C.S., Holland, Mich. ThunderChickens, Sterling Heights, Mich. Dabears, Berkley, Mich. Dragons, Lake Orion, Mich. Megatron Oracles, Flint, Mich. F.I.R.E., Flint, Mich. Xtreme Eagles, Romulus, Mich. Knight Riders, Flint, Mich. Baker Explorers, Flint, Mich. Las Guerrillas, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Martians, Goodrich, Mich. Frog Force, Novi, Mich. Robostangs, Northville, Mich. Team Phoenix, Saginaw, Mich. Advanced Power, Allen Park, Mich. Lightning Robotics, Canton, Mich. Powers Chargers, Flint, Mich. Foley Freeze, Madison Heights, Mich. Sinclair Sprockets, Whitby, Ontario, Canada Gearheads, Grosse Pointe, Mich. Dragons, Swartz Creek, Mich. G.R.A.Y.T. Leviathons, Fenton, Mich. The Desperate Penguins, Okemos, Mich. Metal Muscle, Flint, Mich. The Fighting Pi, Armada, Mich. Firebots, West Branch, Mich. Gearheads, Redford, Mich. The Oxford RoboCats, Oxford, Mich. HAZMATs, Lake Fenton, Mich. EngiNERDS, Grand Blanc, Mich. Metal & Soul, Capac, Mich. The Syntax Errors, Waterford, Mich. The Charge, Midland, Mich. Crevolution, Sterling Heights, Mich. Finney Highlanders, Detroit, Mich.[r]
Kettering made this event free to the public and even us Flintoids.

In our /my arrogance throughout my life GMI and now Kettering has not been given its due. Kettering is one of the top Engineering g schools in the country!

Thank You for being in my hometown Flint Michigan

Kettering University (formerly "General Motors Institute") is a university in Flint, Michigan, offering degrees in engineering, math, science, and business. The campus is located along the Flint River on property that used to be the main manufacturing location for General Motors. It is named after inventor and former head of research for General Motors Charles Kettering. 98% of seniors are employed or accepted to graduate schools before graduation. [kw]

One out of 15 alumni either own their own business or are high-level managers in leading companies (see Notable Alumni). Although the school's undergraduate population is small with approximately total 2,000 students, it annually graduates the most mechanical engineers and is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the best schools without doctoral programs for undergraduate engineering education. [kw]

Again Kettering thank you for being in Flint. Let us know if we can help …you.
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Terry Bankert
The video will also show where Mayor Walling is proposing a State Park, its near Kettering, I could no constrain myself …ignore the satire,…not!

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