FEMA engineers mentor a FIRST team


The local Vicksburg, MI BullBots team finished their 2016 competition season this month with excellent results. The team, comprised of high school students and mentors, designed, engineered, and assembled a robot to participate in the national FIRST robotics competition. FIRST is a youth program "For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology". In two events the BullBots team competed well and made it into the semi-finals of the competition! This was truly an outstanding finish for their 5th year participating in the FIRST program. 

The team, led by mentors from FEMA Corporation, built a robot capable of picking up 8" diameter game balls, transporting them across obstacles, and firing them at the opposing team's target. The robot featured a twin motor drive system with 6 powered wheels and 8 non-powered wheels. Game balls were picked up using a loading screw system and fed into a shooting mechanism via a rotating flap lift. Extensive LabVIEW programming allowed the students to drive the robot and control all of its functions wirelessly via twin joysticks.

Tags: Engineering

FEMA Engineers look forward to 24hrs of Lemons 2016 Race Season


Returning from a 1 year hiatus after their Class B win, FEMA engineers James Rucker and Michael Gruizinga have resumed efforts on the exciting “MetSHO” race car. 

The team competes in the 24hrs of Lemons racing series, where $500 “lemons” are raced wheel-to-wheel on paved road courses across the country.  2016 will mark the teams 6th year competing in the series, and their first year bringing MetSHO into the ultra-competitive “A” class. The endurance series requires creative engineering solutions in order to remain both competitive and reliable while maintaining strict budget limits.

Tags: Engineering

FEMA Engineering Student Elected to Membership in Tau Beta Pi


In April of this year, FEMA employee and engineering student Tyler Farrington was elected to membership in the Michigan Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Tyler is a senior mechanical engineering major at Western Michigan University.

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Student Greg Bosma Competes in Stryker’s Engineering Challenge

WMU Engineering Team at Stryker 5th Annual Engineering Challenge

During the last weekend of March, one of our students, Greg Bosma, participated in a two-day engineering competition with his team from Western Michigan University. Hosted for the fifth year by Stryker, the challenge required the teams to create an "autonomous rescue vehicle" by utilizing a robotics kit and a set of other components.

Tags: Engineering, WMU

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