Finalist - Detroit Einstein Field (World Championship)
Champion- Carson Division (World Championship)
Champion- Dow Division (State Championship)
Quarterfinalist - Greater Pittsburgh Regional
Finalist - Kettering #2
What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization dedicated to spreading engineering and robotics to students. There are programs available to all students grades K-12, each with competitions and a different game. In FIRST Lego League and FIRST Lego League Jr, the competitions for elementary school students, motorized Lego pieces are used to build a robot. In the FIRST Tech Challenge, for middle schoolers, small tabletop robots are built. ThunderChickens is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. To find out more about what FIRST is, click the link here.
What is FRC?
FRC is for high school students grades 9-12. Founded in 1992, FRC is the original FIRST Program, where teams build 120-pound robots to compete in a new game each year. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Competition is called "the ultimate sport for the mind" and "the hardest fun you’ll ever have." Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to build and program robots to play a difficult field game against and with competitors, as well as raise funds and work well with the rest of their team. It’s as close to a real-world engineering experience a student can get. Professionals often volunteer as mentors and lend their time and talents to guide their respective teams.
Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
ThunderChickens is an FRC team, based out of Sterling Heights, Michigan and the Utica Community Schools (UCS) school district. We operate out of space Ford plant and are fortunate to have the workspace we do thanks to our generous sponsor Ford Motor Company.
The 2019 Season is the ThunderChickens's 21st season. We are lucky to have the wealth of knowledge of three mentors that have been there the entire 21 years- Ron Archeene, Mike Attan, and Bill Baedke.
Over the past 20 seasons, the ThunderChickens have gone to worlds 19 times, been on Einstein field 8 times, been to Einstein finals 4 times, and are two-time FRC World Champions.