2017-04-20 / Living

EngiNERDs ranked Fifth after finals


Grand Blanc high school EngiNERDs with their allies Team 107 – R.O.B.O.T.I.C.S. (from Holland Christian School in Holland) and Team 5561 - Raider Robotics (From Flushing High School in Flushing). 
Photo provided Grand Blanc high school EngiNERDs with their allies Team 107 – R.O.B.O.T.I.C.S. (from Holland Christian School in Holland) and Team 5561 - Raider Robotics (From Flushing High School in Flushing). Photo provided GRAND BLANC — Team 2337 – The EngiNERDs, competed at the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship this weekend alongside 160 of the top Teams in the State. The team played 12 qualification rounds and placed first in their division, with a record of 10-2-0, and selected allies Team 107 – R.O.B.O.T.I.C.S. (from Holland Christian School in Holland) and Team 5561 - Raider Robotics (from Flushing High School in Flushing).

The alliance went on to win the DTE Energy Division, and participate in the Championship semi-finals, and were eliminated by the event winning alliance of Teams 33, 2834 and 469 (the Killer Bees from Notre Dame Prep in Pontiac, Bionic Blackhawks from Bloomfield, and Las Guerrillas from Bloomfield International Academy).

The EngiNERDs also earned the General Motors Industrial Design Award, which celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge.

Criteria for earning this award include: elegant, efficient and practical design, reliability and maintainability, capability of withstanding the rigors of the contest and ease of service. The entire machine design, or the detailed process used to develop the design is worthy of this recognition, and not just a single component.

The EngiNERDs are currently ranked 5th of more than 450 Teams in the State of Michigan, and performance within the 2017 Season and MSC has earned the Team a spot at the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis on April 26-29, with 400 of the best FRC Teams from around the world.

The Team will be holding a can drive at the old K-Mart in Grand Blanc on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to raise the more than $20,000 needed to attend the event. Please contact Brandi Bolinger at bbolinger@gmail.com with questions or to make a donation to the Team. — P.S.

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