FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team #14353
Family/Community, Plymouth, MI
The N.E.R.D-bots FTC robotics team exists to encourage the development of students’ interests in the areas of math, science, and engineering by learning to design, build, program, and operate a robot. This robot is used to compete in challenging robot games released each season. By doing so, our team prepares young minds to work and thrive in an increasingly technological world.
In our Rookie season in 2018-2019, we participated in two qualifiers, one in Canton and one in Mason. We also won two awards, the “Control Award” and the “Winning Alliance” award. The “Control Award” awards teams who have well-designed control systems.
In our second season in 2019-2020, we built and programmed an amazing robot and qualified through up to the world competition. We earned our spot at states due to the "Inspire Award," an award that is only given to teams who have inspired the judges with their engineering notebook and how we presented it. We were looking forward to our time at the world competition very much, but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We held many fundraisers and outreach events, but some had to be cancelled or moved due to this pandemic.
Last year, we had to work online because of Covid-19, but we were still able to hold a leaf raking fundraiser. We also held a Vex-VR session where we taught younger kids how to code! We had our first competition in 2021 because they could not hold it earlier due to cases in Michigan. Unfortunately, we were not able to make it to States, but we still had a lot of fun!
This year, we build and programmed a unique robot which we took to the Novi Qualifier. We were able to get a high score of 192 points and we made it to the Finals! Unfortunately, we got 2nd place, but that was still enough to get us to States! We also went to the 2021 Bedford Qualifier. We got the 3rd highest score in the world with 264 points! We ended up being the winning alliance and we also won the Inspire Award!