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Lightning Robotics 2018 Season

Post Date:05/01/2018 12:06 PM
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team at world championships 2018Lightning Robotics has had another great competition season! Coach and advisor, Jay Obsniuk, shared the following images and summary with details of competitions, awards and scholarships won and their busy schedule until the next season starts in January 2019!

P-CEP Lightning Robotics Team 862 had another great year. Although this year didn't finish up like last year with a World Championship it was still an extraordinary year. We were runner up in one of our district events and won the Excellence in Engineering award, third place in our second district event, won the Entrepreneurship award and qualified for the Michigan State Robotic competition. In the Michigan State Competition we lost in the quarter finals. At the state competition we won the State Entrepreneurship award for having the the best Business plan of the 508 robotics teams in the state.

robot 862 ready for competitionSarah Fugate receiving honor for Robotics from Gov. Snyder
At the FIRST® World Competition, April 25 - 28, 2018, we competed in the Carson Division named after Marine biologist, environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson. We finished 8-2 and were the team captain. Watch an animation of the competition game, FIRST Power Up” to see what the robots had to do.

In the quarterfinal, the matches are best 2 out of 3. We won match number 1. In match number 2 we were in the lead when one of our alliance partners broke down half way into the match and we lost by 19 points. With the end game worth 30 points we would have won if our alliance partner could have finished the match and moved on. However, sometimes stuff doesn't work out part of what you learn by being in robotics,

Marvin Lopez holding Kettering scholarshipSo it went to a third match. We thought our alliance partner was all fixed and ready to go, but 10 seconds into a 2 minute third match they broke again and we were playing two versus three. We tried real hard but ended upcoming up on the short end. So we were knocked out in the quarterfinal in the world competition.

University of Michigan-Numerous students received scholarships to Kettering, Michigan Tech, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn and scholarships that can be used at any school.

What’s Next? We don't have any time off as we prepare for:

  • A First Lego League Jr. competition we are hosting for the elementary schools from the Plymouth-Canton school district on May 12.
  • Relay for Life on May 19 where we have a goal of raising $5,000 which we have surpassed the past 10 years in a row.
  • collage of robot demonstrationSenior students finish the school year at the end of May and use the early release from school to tour all of the Plymouth Canton elementary and middle schools to talk about robotics and STEM education.
  • Summer Competition starts June 21-23 in Taylor.
  • Plymouth 4th of July parade.
  • Sponsor demos at Ford, Chrysler, Jabil and other new possible sponsors.
  • Off season student leadership college to train next years leaders.
  • Start up with middle school robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and grades 4 & 5 FIRST Lego League (FLL) seasons that run August through December.
  • Planning for Robots in the Park on August 12 in downtown Plymouth where for the past 3 years we have seen 3,000 - 5,000 people each year come to the event to show what you can get from Plymouth Canton Community Schools.

Head of Bosch Human Resource NA Division talking about the robot with studentsTo sum it up, Lightning Robotics had another terrific year. Over 140 students gained engineering and business knowledge; built leadership skills; established career goals; and found a place where they can thrive in high school. Every student has a opportunity to turn PRO. Bosch is hiring 5-6 students as Interns. Jabil is also hiring interns. Many of our students are interning at Ford.

The robotics team here at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools prepares students for life after high school, with fantastic opportunities for college, work and the ability to change the world. No, we did not win the World Championship this year but that didn't stop us from having a great year. Winning is only the icing on the cake. Lightning Robotics is more than just a robot.
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Jay Obsniuk, P-CEP Lightning Robotics Team Coach and Advisor 

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