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FEMA engineers mentor a FIRST team

4/19/2016

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

10/13/2015

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.

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FEMA Engineering Student Elected to Membership in Tau Beta Pi

9/28/2015

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
4/13/2015

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.

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