Tournament #4 November 10, 2016

The last tournament showed the Shambots’ best performance yet! Before heading off to Birmingham, Michigan, the team decided to change their strategy by entering the competition as a defense robot. By removing the arm they were able to prevent opposing teams from scoring and move around the playing field easier. They finished with a 2-2 record, the best one of the season thus far! Way to go Shambots!

Tournament #3 November 5, 2016

Our team traveled to tournament #3 of the OCCRA season at Rochester Adams High School on Saturday, November 5th. We competed against the other teams in the Diversity Challenges. Our first match was a boys and girls match with one female and one male driver, along with boys and girls in the pit crew, a sideline coach and a human player. The team used the time in the pit to make mechanical improvements to the robot and a successful point was scored during the match. After a welcome lunch of homemade macaroni and cheese, the adult match began. Mothers and fathers of OCCRA team members participated in all aspects of the adult match. They even scored points! The last match of the Diversity Tournament was the all-girls match. Gina, Lauren, Rachel, Grace, and Aniela (all students at St. Catherine of Siena and the only girls on the team) led the robot in the pit crew and driving team.

It was a success and very fun competition! Go CC Shambots!

Tournament #2 October 27, 2016

Last Thursday, the Shambots traveled to Waterford for the 2nd OCCRA tournament of the season. The schedule worked similarly to the previous tournament with 21 total matches, each team competing four times. Members of the team drove, scouted the other teams, queued, worked on the robot in the pit, updated social media pages and so much more! During the tournament, the programming malfunctioned but the team persevered and fixed it on the spot. The arm also did not work as planned, but now the Shambots will work to improve it and make it a more efficient robot arm to lift the balls. Finally, the intake did not work to its potential; however, a new design is being worked on, and the team plans on being more prepared than ever for the Diversity Tournament!

Fleece & Thank You

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On October 24th and 25th, the robotics teams at CC created 21 soft and colorful blankets for children experiencing long-term hospital stays. They teamed up with Fleece & Thank You, a charitable organization founded by Catholic Central graduate Nicholas Kristock. The blankets give comfort and hope to ill children.  The robotics team spread out in the cafeteria after school where they learned new cutting and tying skills and as a result of making the blankets were able to make a difference in 21 children’s lives. We took two pieces of fleece and cut the sides into swatches so that we could tie them together into one thick blanket. One fleece was printed with designs of animals, music, flowers, or food. The other fleece was solid so that one side could be printed and the other a single color. Twenty-one full blankets in total, they are very soft and we are going to donate them to the hospital so the children can be happy and cozy.

Other students at CC were curious about what the team was doing with the fleece spread out amongst the cafeteria tables. The robotics team members finished by creating personalized video messages to send to the children in the hospital along with the blankets. To date, the organization has made over 7,000 blankets for patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and CS Mott Children’s Hospital. We are proud to support Fleece & Thank You in this worthy cause.

Tournament #1, October 22, 2016

The CC Shambots brought the robot to the first OCCRA tournament of the 2016-2017 season that took place at West Bloomfield High School. Throughout the day, Shambots had jobs such as scouting, driving, and making adjustments on the robot. Volunteers from the team also assisted in queuing, making sure teams got to matches on time and helping the tournament run smoothly. The team competed in 4 matches and finished with 1 win, 2 losses and 1 tie.

The Village Workshop

The Village Workshop is a maker space in downtown Northville that is a sponsor of the CC Shambots. The Village Workshop provides the team members with knowledge through a plethora of classes and training on their equipment. The Village Workshop offers classes to improve the Shambots’ knowledge of how to build the robot. The Shambots use three major spaces at The Village Workshop: the wood shop, machine shop and metal shop. Each of these areas help the Shambots learn how to use both new and old machines along with new techniques. The Village Workshop has been a massive part in helping our CC Shambots improve their ways of building and will continue to help all of our new Shambots. During the six weeks between the OCCRA and FIRST robotics seasons in November and December the team will be participating in many classes to improve our skills.

Shambots Visit ABB

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ABB Robotics is an international company that specializes in making construction bots, transportation bots and other work bots. The Shambots visited as a field trip for the team over the summer to learn about ABB, robotics and what lies in the future for careers. The tour began with an orientation of the training area which had safe robot that could be used for training purposes. We were able to see the software that is used to program the robots and how customers are trained to customize their robot programming. The Shambots then headed to the assembly area which is where the robots are built as well as where the robots work. There were many robots set up in production lines just as they will be when they are delivered to their final customer. ABB was gracious to host out team and also provide each attendee with their own model robot. Here is what the team had to say about the visit at ABB:

  • Carl:  “Going on the tour showed me that what I am doing is what people are doing in the workplace.”
  • Grace:  ” I learned a lot about a major automobile manufacturers’ assembly line which ABB makes, plus what our robots do in the real world.”
  • Ryan:  “A great place to learn about the engineering behind assembly lines.”
  • Keaton:  “I learned that engineering is a prestigious job and there are many uses for it.”
  • Jameson:  “The tour really exposed me to the world of professional robotics.”

Thank you ABB!

The Home Depot

After our 2016 season concluded, the team took a trip to Home Depot to give a sponsor presentation. We gave them a basic explanation of how our robot works, what the game was, and how far we made it into the competition. We were also able to do a demo with our bot and point out all the pieces that we got from their store. Big thanks to The Home Depot for supporting our season and robot, we hope to continue our partnership over this year!

Robotics Team Hosts Youth Camp

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During the summer of 2016, the CC Robotics team hosted a youth camp for any students age 11-17 who are interested in robotics.


The camp was held at the school for a week in June and introduced students to Vex Robotics. More than 30 campers were introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through the fun of building robots.They built, programmed and wired a basic claw-bot and then competed against each other in scrimmage games. Throughout the week, students gained introductory robotics knowledge with the guidance of CC robotics team coaches and team members. The principles used in this camp directly applied towards the students future involvement in robotics and other technical fields. All campers received a t-shirt and the thrill of building and accomplishing something new.