Congratulations to the BHHS Bionic Black Hawks & IA Las Guerillas for taking first place in the 2017 FIRST Michigan State Robotics Championship! The BHHS team additionally won the FIRST Michigan State Chairman's Award. The team is the FIRST in Michigan State Champions on the field and the FIRST Robotics State Champions for Chairman's Award.
The name of the challenge for 2017 was "STEAMWORKS" as robotic "alliances" of three teams each competed to manipulate gears, shoot plastic balls (representing steam engine "fuel"), and climb a rope, all in order to score the highest number of points. The Bionic Black Hawks took first place along with our two alliance partners, Notre Dame Prep and International Academy. For the Chairman's Award, BHHS was one of five schools selected for recognition.
There are over 450 Robotics teams in Michigan. 160 attended the State Competition.
"We used CAD and created 3D printed, custom made parts for our robot. This past year, we ventured outside of FIRST robotics, in response to our school farm's request to create an automated door to control and secure chickens to reduce farm workload," explained Alexandra Bosco (Bionic Black Hawks teammate).
The tv show "Robo Zone" will cover the highlights from the State Championship Sunday, April 23 at 9:30 am on Fox Sports Detroit. Portions of the state championship recap are available at http://www.robozonetv.com/2017-season#stch.
The team will travel to the FIRST World Robotics Competition next week in St. Louis from Wednesday -Saturday, April 26-29.
For the season, the BHHS Black Hawks have earned 4 blue banners. There are over 5000 total FRC teams worldwide, of which only 8 have earned 4 or more blue banners for 2017. Outstanding!