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    Davison Robotics is not a club or a group of kids getting together to horse around. Davison Robotics is a team of kids of all ages focused on learning Engineering skills that will help them build a successful future. 

  • October 2019 Newsletter


    Issue #25
    September 2019
    You can’t pick the hand you’re dealt, but you can choose how you play your cards!

    HOC Shines at All-Girls Event 

    Our amazing female robotics members loaded up the trailer and headed to the Bloomfield Girls Robotics Competition this month.  After a day of preliminary matches, they finished in 10th place overall, and House of Cards was selected as the 1st pick of the 6th alliance.  Congratulations to these youngs ladies on a day filled with GIRL POWER!

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    Hill's FLL Jr. League Prepares for Competition
    by Nicole Ferguson

    The Hill FIRST Lego League Jr. teams have been hard at work learning how they can build cities that are Accessible, Durable and Environmentally friendly!   From learning about green roofs to building & programming model windmills to exploring their school yard for accessible features, these students are ready to build their Boomtown City.
    This week our high school coach and House of Cards team member, Sydney Hardesty, taught a lesson on durability and how to make earthquake proof buildings.  Then, the kids put their skills to the test!  Below is a picture of our durability test winners!   
    After intersession the kids will be gearing up for competition at Kettering on November 23rd.  They are 3 of 15 teams who will be competing.  Good luck team!

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    2019 Davison Pumpkin Festival

    While the All-Girls Competition was taking place in Bloomfield Hills, Pumpkin Fest was taking place in Davison!  Several members of the high school team and middle school teams joined forces for this great community event.  The team offered work stations where kids were able to build their own robots from recycled materials, and Mrs. Jones, coach of Siple's FLL Jr. team, kindly shared her Legos at a table where kids and adults could create anything they imagined.  The morning was quite chilly, but as the day grew warmer, the crowds really picked up, and the team had lots of fun assisting kids with their robots. It sure was fun seeing all of the unique creations!

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    House of Cards in Homecoming Parade
    As in previous years, House of Cards walked in this year's Homecoming Parade.  The day was chilly but spirits were high as the team rallied together to walk and hand out candy to spectators.  As we continue to grow our program, community events like this really help us show how much fun our robotics program is!

    Did You Know?

    Did you know that in addition to Community Outreach, Community Service, Sponsor Visits and Fundraising, our House of Cards Team also has several members who are mentoring our younger teams?  What a great opportunity for the younger kids to get to work with older robotics team members!  In Davison, we pride ourselves on preparing our team members for the real world, and this is another excellent example of how our members can grow their leadership skills.  Thank you to our high school mentors!

    FTC Teams Busy Building
    By Dee Schneider

    Our middle school teams, Wild Cards and Techna Cards are currently deep in the build season.  We have small groups currently learning coding and CAD.  We also have groups working on building the two robots we will use in our competitions this season.  Our teammates have been busy writing in their engineering notebooks to document everything being done.  A few of the high school robotics students have joined us to help mentor the team.  We are getting closer to our first competition and starting to see it all come together.
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    House of Cards Finishes Ren Fest

    Every weekend in August and September, thousands of visitors come from miles around to visit this recreation of a fictional English Village during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  This year, Davison's House of Cards took over the 600 section, serving all kinds of food and treats.  This is our biggest fundraising event and the team members, along with their families and friends really stepped up this year to make sure the job was well done.  The days are long, but filled with friendship, camaraderie and laughter.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make this year's Renaissance Festival a huge success!





    Student of the Month

    Name: Owen Martin
    Grade: 10
    Favorite Class: Computer Programming
    Dream Job: Something in Computer Science
    Little Known Fact About Me: I am left-handed.

    FRC Sets 2020 Season Schedule

    1st District Competition: Kettering, Week 2 - March 5-7
    2nd District Competition: Marysville, Week 6 - April 2-4
    Michigan State Championships, SVSU, Week 7 - April 8-11
    World Championships, Detroit TCF Center & Ford Field - April 29-May 2

    All events are open to the public - Come see House of Cards Team 3534 in action!

    FIRST Says Goodbye to a Legend

    You don't have to be around FIRST Robotics very long before you know who Dr. Woodie Flowers is.  House of Cards, along with the entire FIRST Community is mourning the sudden lost of a great leader.  From the FIRST website, "Throughout the 30 years of FIRST, Woodie has been an incredible supporter of mission, a friend to everyone he met, and an inspiration to our students, mentors, volunteers, supporters, and staff.  Woodie's legacy will live on indefinitely through the gracious nature of our community and our ongoing commitment to empowering educators and building global citizens."  Woodie lived and led by example with his "Gracious Professionalism", something we instill in our own team right from the start, and something we are known for exemplifying.  He was a great man and will be deeply missed. 
    Thank You to Our Sponsors
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    FIRST is an international organization which uses competitive robotics as a vehicle for promoting science & technology. FIRST allows high school students to work side by side with professional mentors to learn skills ranging from engineering to marketing, animation and business.

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    There is a FIRST League for all age groups
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