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.

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.

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!

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.