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


CAD Workshop and Santa Claus Parade

Almost 50 people from Code Red and other teams attended a CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) workshop on 11/19/11! PTC (one of our sponsors) had a instructor flown in from Minneapolis and provided hands on training in Mathcad, Windchill, and Creo Elements. Also, PTC kindly donated software and manuals for the dozens of middle school and high school students from many area FRC and FTC teams.

We were honored to participate in the Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade with Lutheran Child and Family Services. It was a great partnership to raise awareness of the need for Foster parents and to gain support for their program of serving kids in need.

You can go to this link to learn more about the great staff of Lutheran Child and Family Services:


Fall 2011: FTC Has Started

FIRST Tech Challenge has come to the State of Michigan this year. FTC for short. FTC is a robotics program for middle schoolers, to put something in between the FLL program and the FRC program. In precious years, middle schoolers in Michigan did not have a robotics program to come to in between FIRST Lego League, and FIRST Robotics Competition. Now, Code Red is now hosting two FTC teams.

Learn more at: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc

VIEW FTC UPDATES AT: www.coderedrobotics.com/FTC

VIEW FTC GAME VIDEO HERE: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/2011-2012-game-info



2011-2012 Pre-Season

Code Red has kicked off the season with its annual pre-season meetings! The build season doesn’t start until January 9th, but Code Red believes that we shouldn’t put things off until the end of the season. Code Red doesn’t only build robots, but builds better people in our community.  Code Red Robotics wishes you the best of luck in the upcoming season.

US Army Robot

The US Army came to the Code Red build space on June 29, 2011 to demonstrate a new robot that can do reconnaissance missions, and go places where it is to dangerous to send a human being.  That was the main reason that it was made, so we could spare lives.  Go to the Army Robot Page, here.


Welcome To Code Red Robotics

We are based at Grand River Prep High school, but we do have room for students from other area high schools. Code Red wants to extend the opportunity to participate in robotics to students in the community. If you’re at a school without a robotics program, consider joining Code Red, Team 2771. For more information, email info@coderedrobotics.com, We’d love to hear from you!

Our passion is: ROBOTS

Our Goals:

  • to design, build and compete with innovative robots
  • to develop well-rounded students who practice gracious professionalism
  • to sustain excellence in engineering and excellence in the community

We started our team from scratch with only a handful of committed students and some willing mentors. With determination, hard work, and help from corporate partners, we are starting to achieve our goals. Code Red works hard at collaboration. We’ve met with local businesses and interviewed CEO’s and engineers. We’ve worked with schools and other FIRST teams. Our partners have donated a nice build space, parts and financial support. Parents and Mentors have brought supplies, guidance and meals. Code Red students continue to meet with local businesses and organizations to spread the word about FIRST Robotics.


Our Vision:

We, the team of Code Red Robotics, Team 2771 are committed to Excellence.

We will strive to attain personal excellence, excellence of our team mates,and excellence from our team as a whole.

As individuals we will work towards positive attitudes commitment,integrity, and determination.

We will help out teammates by being respectful, encouraging, and helpful.

We will succeed as a team though teamwork, communication, efficiency , conflict management, and respect.