Code Red Competes at Grand Valley State University

On March 15 and 16, the team went to Grand Valley for our second district competition. With a new and improved robot, we did great! We even managed to balance our bot on the bridge–more than once! We were also presented the Inspiration in Engineering award for our help in starting FIRST Tech Challenge for Middle Schoolers in Michigan. We had an FTC field set up in the lobby for people to come check out, and plenty of information for kids, parents, and mentors to starts their own FTC team.

Alongside representing FTC, we had a table for donations to our friends at Lutheran Child Family Services. Thanks to all the awesome people attending the competition, we received a large amount of donations. Thank you to everyone who helped out!

Code Red Competes at Gull Lake

Gull Lake CompetitionMarch 2 and 3, Gull Lake High School hosted their first district robotic competition. They did an amazing job planning it and keeping things organized; the
volunteers and staff were so enthusiastic about their work! It was
amazing to see FIRST spreading!

For our first competition of the year, Code Red did a great job. We made friends with many of the rookie teams, and found out exactly what we need to succeed the season. We even managed to win the Team Spirit award!


Tune in here to watch all of the 2012 Michigan FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC), including the state championship on April 15th-17th. Code Red is webcasting every single FRC competition in Michigan, whether we’re there or not! In addition we are webcasting the following events:

We are also webcasting the Michigan Middle School FTC (First Tech Challenge) East Michigan Championship on February 25, 2012 in Novi, Michigan.

In other news: 

Code Red Robotics is wrapping up an intense build season after six weeks. A few reminders:

  • Code Red’s Open House is Saturday, February 18, from 5-8 PM. Please come and visit!
  • Our first tournament is March 2-3, at Gull Lake High School in Richland, MI
  • The second tournament is March 16-17, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI

Good luck to all teams, and let us if you have any questions!

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FRC has kicked off!

The FIRST Robotics 2012 season begun. The team gathered at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids for the big unveiling of this year’s game. Right now, the team is hard at work designing and building a robot play the game of “Rebound Rumble”.

The 2012 “Rebound Rumble” robotics game is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many of the basketballs in the hoops as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Balls scored in higher hoops score teams more points. Team Alliances are awarded bonus points if they are balanced on bridges at the end of the match. More information can be found here.

Important dates coming up:

-Come see our 2012 robot on Saturday, February 18, at 6:00 PM at our Open House.

-Our first competition will be at Kettering University on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. More specific information can be found here.

-The second competition will be at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.

Come on out and see Code Red compete with some of the world’s best robotics teams!

Good luck FIRST competitors.


Code Red




2012 Code Red Mock Kickoff/News

Well done with the Mock Kickoff!  Along with several Grand Rapids area teams, we had teams from Newaygo, Cassopolis, Niles, and even Indiana take part in this very cool event.  Code Red was well-represented with students, mentors and even some parents.  So, nice job everyone in helping to advance the engineering principles of hard-work, disciplined thought and innovative idea generation – all with the goal with making a difference!  In addition, we did collect a whole trunkful of supplies needed by the folks at Lutheran Child & Family Services in their service to local families. Way to go FIRST family!

Here is some important information for Code Red members:

Our last team meeting of 2011 will be Tuesday, December 13.  We are NOT having a team meeting on Monday, December 19th as originally planned.

(There will be a Mentor meeting on Tuesday, December 20, as we host the Code Red Mentor Cookie and Coffee Roundtable for area teams, but students will have the night off!)

The next team meeting is Tuesday, January from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

The real FIRST Kickoff will be January 7th,  2012, at GVSU’s Eberhard Center in downtown GR.  Attendance is mandatory for students and parents are welcome to participate.

Our Build Season begins on Monday, January 9th with the following schedule:

  • From 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm every Monday through Friday
  • Saturdays, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

That Build Season schedule continues until February 21, the day we lock up our new robot.  After that we’ll drop down to two nights per week as we head into competition season:

           – March 1-2-3   Kettering University

            -March 15-16-17  GVSU Allendale Campus

            -April 12-13-14  Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti

            -April  25-28       Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO

As we mentioned, students need to put in at least 12 hours per week with the team while we are meeting on Monday through Saturday.  Our team is absolutely blessed with quality students, parents and mentors and Code Red is going to be part of something special this season.  Please let me know what questions you may have.
Parents are encouragaged to come to the Build Space and get involved in team activities.  We will be publishing a meal calendar so that families can sign up to provide meals during our Build Season.  The students will be working very, very hard and will have a quick dinner together every night.
Code Red families, friends, neighbors and sponsors are all invited to our Open House on Saturday, February 18 to check out the new student-designed and student-built robot, and to encourage the team members as they prepare for intense competition!  Refreshments will be served.
Merry Christmas!
-Code Red