The Ultimate Sport For the Mind

We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate sport for the mind. Student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” From meeting for five days a week and spending over a hundred hours working with one another to build a robot, our teams are dedicated to the FIRST program.

Under strict rules, limited time, and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to play a difficult field game against others. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. 

Where We Started

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was established in 1989, with the competitive season initiated in 1992. FIRST® uses robotics as a "Varsity sport for the mind" to engage students in science and technology. 

In December 2010, FIRST® in Michigan asked East Kentwood High School (EKHS) and GE Aviation to establish a FIRST® Robotics team. The Red Storm Robotics Team #3875 at EKHS was formed in January 2011 and immediately began the 2011 FIRST® Robotics build season. Within 6 weeks of the team forming, the East Kentwood members:

Remarkably, at the West Michigan competition, Red Storm was named Highest Rookie Seed and qualified for state. As excited as we were to have qualified, we were unable to attend the state competition that year due to our lack of funding. 

The realization that our team did not have the resources to go as far in the competition as we were eligible for was disheartening, to say the least. However, we knew that if we wanted to succeed next season, we would have to stay positive and obtain further support from local businesses or industries.

Red Storm Robotics Vision Statement

Red Storm Robotics seeks to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and leadership while participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition and other technology programs.

Our Mission

Our Goal is to create a strong, sustainable robotics team that will:

Off-Season Activities

During the off-season, Red Storm Robotics (other than during COVID years):

Since 2015, we have been hosting the Kentwood District FIRST® Robotics Competition. We have approximately 40 teams and ~2000 people attend on average. It takes over 150 volunteers to run the competition with our team doing the majority of the organizing, set-up, and promotion. We will host the 2023 competition March 31st to April 1st at East Kentwood High School.

After moving into our own dedicated robotics space in 2018, we doubled our robotics facility size, acquired additional metal-working equipment, and added another Mechatronics class.  We enjoy having dedicated spaces to mentor our FTC teams, and expand our capabilities.

Given our year over year improvement, we expect to do great things this year!