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    September 2019 Newsletter


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    Issue #24
    September 2019
    You can’t pick the hand you’re dealt, but you can choose how you play your cards!
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    FTC Cleans Up
    Our Davison Robotics FTC Team is comprised of 7th and 8th grade sudents from Davison Middle School.  Through a partnership with the Flint River Watershed Coalition, the team informs residents to keep our sewers clean of debris and chemicals. The team walks different neighborhoods within Davison and passes out door hangers with information.  They also paint the area around street sewers with the message, "No Dumping Drains to River" in bright blue lettering.  As you can see, our FTC Team has a large presence in the community.
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    Hahn Intermediate Begins Debut Season

    Davison Robotics is proud to announce that Hahn Intermediate is beginning their first year in the program!  Coached by Mrs. Racette and Ms. Jones, this FIRST Lego League Team named "Cardinal Coders" is made up of twelve fifth and sixth grade students.  This year's theme is "City Shapers" where teams will create a Lego robot that can navigate, build, and overcome obstacles within a Lego city.  With the new addition of this team to the Davison Robotics Program, FIRST Robotics can now be experienced at every age level!  
     
    Hill Robotics Grows in Size
    By Nicole Ferguson
    Lego Robotics at Hill Elementary is BACK! The Hill Elementary First Lego League Junior team is back this season with more students and more teams!  The Hill Lego Robotics team will start their season the week of September 23rd.  This year’s team will have 18 students, grade K – 4 and has increasing from one competitive team to three.  With the increase they have also added two new coaches from the House of Cards team, Sydney Hardesty and Zack Hosang.  Sydney and Zack will join lead coach and mentors, Nicole Ferguson and Melissa Jones.  The team hopes to attend the competition on November 23rd at Kettering.
     
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    Stardinals Get Into
    the Swing

    By Rita Jones

    This year’s Stardinal season is off to a great start! Thursday, September 12th was the first parent meeting and the following week, the Stardinals met for their first official session. This year’s challenge, Welcome to Boomtown, requires students to conceive an idea for a building in “Boomtown” that not only meets the needs of the community but is durable and beautiful as well! Siple Elementary's squad consists of 20 members in three different teams, and is a part of the FIRST Lego League Junior Division. They meet on Thursday afternoons and will be presenting their models at the Kettering EXPO on November 23rd. The Stardinals are coached by Rita Jones.

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    HOC Headed to
    All-Girls Event
    By Sydney Hardesty
    Photo by Stephanie Hardesty
    On October 12th, the House of Cards will be participating in our second All-Girls off-season competition. We are proud to say that out of thirty kids, our team last year had nine girls on the team that participated in the event and placed in the quarterfinals. This year we have eight total girls on the team and six going to the event. Running like a normal competition, the All-Girls Competition has teams with all  girl pit crew, drive team, human player, and scouts. In addition to just competing, there are professional women in engineering that come and speak about their journey in the field. We would love for anyone to come out and support us! If you are interested you can contact us on our website, davisonrobotics.com.
     
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    House of Cards Takes On Ren Fest
    By Owen Martin
    Photos by Stephanie Hardesty

    The Renaissance Festival is a fun event that runs every weekend each year in August and September. On the Davison Robotics Team, each member is responsible for  a certain amount of hours volunteering there because it is our main fundraiser. There are many stations that need to be worked, including Reubens and Cubans, Crazy Tacos, Jerky, Ice Cream, Bakery, Pizza, Drinks, Pretzels, and, of course, Turkey Legs. It may not sound fun making and serving food all day, but we can rotate out with other team member every so often and talk to people around us! Sometimes it’s busier than others, some stations sell more products than the rest, and it’s a long time on your feet, but after it’s over, you look back and think, “That wasn’t so bad.” Not only that, but you get to dress up in some authentic costumes and see what life was like hundreds of years ago! It is definitely something I would not want to miss seeing, nor will I ever forget it. Our Robotics Program wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of the team, and all of the support our family and friends give us during these Renaissance Festival weekends.

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    Student of the Month

                
    Name: Grant Davis
    Grade: 9th
    Favorite Class: Algebra 2
    Dream Job: Inventor/Game Designer
    Little Known Fact About Me: I like to make people laugh and I like challenges.




     

    Kettering Kickoff

     
    The Davison House of Cards headed to the 2019 Kettering Kickoff on September 20 & 21.  Teams from across the state traveled to the event to participate in this competition that allows this year's high school teams to compete, using last season's robots and playing field.  With new drivers just getting the feel for the controls, House of Cards, Team 3534, placed 23rd out of 44 teams.  They were selected to play on the fifth alliance team and were eliminated in the quarterfinals.  As always, the team showed "gracious professionalism" towards their fellow robotics teams, and led by example.  As a member of the Mid-Michigan Robotics Alliance, House of Cards, was also responsible, in part, for field set up and tear down as a designated host team at Kettering University.
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    Davison's Pumpkin Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 12th, from 10am to 6pm.  Davison Robotics will once again be offering a "Build-a-Robot Station, as well as a Lego Station!  Come on out and meet some of this year's team members!
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    Thank You to Our Sponsors
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