r2d2 kissR2-D2 Builders Seminar

Hey kids! Want to know how to build the most recognizable robotic character in the history of movies? Well, keep reading o curious one!

Kurt Zimmerman, one droid builder in the R2D2 Builders Club, will be hosting a presentation on how to build your very own robotic buddy. Kurt will take you under the dome of everybody’s favorite astromech droid and show you the basics on how all the bells and whistles operate as well as direct you on on how to build your own robotic friend, whether that be an R2-D2 unit, some other sci-fi movie creation, or your own unique design!

The panel will be held on Sunday, October 23 inside Grand Gallery D and E at 11:30 am. We are sure that this will be a very popular seminar so make sure to show up early!

That ONE Team

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That ONE Team is a community-based high school robotics team based out of Belmont, Michigan.

Though That ONE Team is new to FRC, we are not new to FIRST®. We started as LEGO® in Paradise in 2006 as a FIRST® LEGO® League team, and were successful right from the beginning – we won tournaments and had an impact in our community by starting other FLL teams. Those teams led to the creation of Paradise Teams, the organization that sponsors That ONE Team.  We retired from FLL in 2011 after attending the World Festival, however in 2013 while attending the 2013 FIRST® Championship as spectators, we decided that we needed to start an FRC team.  Since we had some experiencedFIRST® members and there were no other FRC teams in our area, it was a good fit. And thus, Team 4967 was born.

As That ONE Team came together and began making plans to form an FRC team, we brainstormed about what made our team unique, and also what made our community unique and what we could do to help protect and enhance it. We realized that one of the distinctive aspects of our community is that it is surrounded by water – rivers, inland lakes, and the Great Lakes. These waterways are crucial to the history, economy and environment of our region, and impact our lives every single day. That ONE Team decided that we would focus our service on water-related issues in our community. In September 2014, we participated in the 10th Annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup, where we spent a Saturday cleaning along the banks of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. In October, we participated with Trout Unlimited and the Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative to do stream insect monitoring on the Rogue and several of her tributaries. In November, we have invited Nichol DeMol from Trout Unlimited to visit a team meeting and teach us more about what some of the specific water related issues in our area are, and how That ONE Team can reach out to help.

That ONE Team will also be hosting a panel on robotics at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 23 at Grand Gallery A-C.

You can reach That ONE Team on the internet at

Red Storm Robotics At The Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Red Storm Robotics is  a dynamic group of East Kentwood High School students working towards a common goal to build a robot. As we work together to complete our goal, we test our knowledge, skills, and abilities. Our experience will enable us to become successful leaders of the future and open doors to new learning possibilities.

“The varsity sport for the mind,” FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Red Storm was founded in 2010 when FIRST of Michigan requested that GE Aviation and Kentwood Public Schools start an FRC team at East Kentwood High School. Both parties happily obliged, and GE remains one of our most prominent sponsors.

Our very first season started rather abruptly: the very first meeting the team had was three days before 2011 LogoMotion kickoff. Despite the rocky start, we worked fervently during build season to bring about an amazing robot with what little experience we had. Remarkably, at the West Michigan competition, Red Storm was named Highest Rookie Seed and qualified for state. As excited as we were to have qualified, we were unable to attend the state competition that year due to our lack of funding.

Team members must be full time students at East Kentwood High School (EKHS).  EKHS continues to be the most diverse school in the Michigan, and our team reflects it.  We recruit members through our various demos, and our outreach at the Kentwood middle schools.  In the Fall, we recruit at the EKHS registration and open house; this allows us to show the fun of robotics to the diverse student body.

You can reach out to Red Storm at or

Visit us on Facebook: Red Storm Robotics Team EKHS