Check out our new gear on Redbubble! We have uploaded our FIRST Steamworks 2017 logo onto 47 products for you to peruse and purchase. Browse our phone cases, scarves, hoodies, and stationary to find something that suits your fancy. We’d love to see everyone decked out in our shamrock at competitions!
CC Shambots Robotics Workshop Wish List
The CC Shambots have a fabulous new Robotics Workshop located right in Detroit Catholic Central High School. The workshop is 1600 square feet and accommodates the Vex robotics team two days a week and the FIRST robotics team four days a week. The room is being used six days a week for three hours each day. More than 50 students build robots in the workshop and also do things such as brainstorm robot design, wire electronics, program computers in one of two robot programming languages, create business plans, plan team events and outreach activities, give tours to alumni, work with adult mentors from the business community and learn about safe workshop procedures. The team is outfitting the workshop with tools, equipment and parts so that we can build efficiently. We have a wish list of equipment we are currently seeking which includes the following items. Other donations are graciously welcomed. Please contact us for our most current needs. Thank you!
DeWalt DCD791D2 20 Volt Lithium Brushless Cordless Drill (need 5 drills, this is our most important and urgent item)
DeWalt DCS331B Cordless Jig Saw (need 1, second most important)
DeWalt DCS391B Cordless Circular Saw (need 1, next most important item)
DeWalt DCA2203C Battery Adapter 20 Volt Max (need 1)
DeWalt DW715 Compound Miter Saw Variable Speed, to cut aluminum (need 1, brand not important)
Porter-Cable PCB660DP Type 2 8 amp 12-speed Floor Drill Press (need 1, brand not important)
FIRST Kickoff January 7, 2017
After a long wait, the 2017 FRC Game has finally been revealed! Students, parents, and mentors gathered at Novi High School and learned more about the game: Steamworks! Much to our delights, the game will not involve actual flying. Phew! For more information on the fun and challenging game that Team 5907 will work with, check out the link below!
After the kickoff, the Shambots went to Catholic Central to study the game in depth and start thinking about strategies.
CHECK OUT THE GAME HERE!! FRC 2017: Steamworks!
OCCRA Awards Banquet- November 30, 2016
Every year at the end of the OCCRA season OCCRA hosts a banquet to honor the robotics teams, members, and coaches as well as honoring exemplary members of said teams; in addition to this, coaches have a chance to win the “Hall of Fame Coach” award. Students can earn both an Honorable Mention and also the MVP award. This year’s OCCRA banquet had food served by Schoolcraft Collage’s culinary students with a wide array of food for all the hungry teams. This OCCRA banquet we had two honorable mentions being Jameson Borema and Andrew Ganss. We also had one MVP being Carl Urbanik.
County Championship, November 19,2016
Last weekend marked the last OCCRA tournament of the season, the County Championship. This tournament worked in a different way than others. Our team competed in 2 matches before an alliance selection. How does an alliance selection work? Teams pick their alliance partner that they wish to compete with for the rest of the tournament. If they are able to, teams pick an alliance that works effectively and corresponds to their needs. At the end of the day, the Shambots received the “Victorious Perseverance” for showing progress throughout the season. The judges commented that they noticed improvements during tournaments.
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
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.