Entries by Jack Reynolds

Building robots (and engineers) through robotics

Andres Benavides and Amanda Said knew volunteering with an elementary school in Southwest Detroit would provide a bit of inspiration. What they didn’t quite anticipate, is that through their work helping the Harms Elementary robotics program, they would be the ones impacted the most. “Getting to spend part of my day with fun, energetic kids […]

‘Organized chaos’ complete — on to competitions

The bags are zipped. The gears, computers chips and wheels installed. And the first iteration of robots is ready for action. Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams concluded the build season for 2018 on Tuesday. Earlier this week, the teams sealed away their robots in large bags — commonly referred to as “bag day” — […]

DTE Energy Foundation’s grants support robotics teams

Building a robot is no easy task. Just ask De’Emerald Hardison, a seventh grader from the Detroit Leadership Academy. “The hardest part about building a robot is making sure everything is ready to go before a competition and sticking together as a team even when your robot is not working well,” she said. Hardison was […]