History of the TriSonics

2014: Aerial Assist

Robot Name: Titanic


Overview of the Season

In 2014, the team was challenged with a game in which each alliance of 3 robots was given only one game piece to play with. This game piece was a large exercise ball and the game was all about assisting each other! The robots would pass the balls from player to player in an effort to score them into large goals at the end. The TriSonics performed well this year and even advanced to the Michigan State Championships!

Our Awards

  • District Finalists at the Gull Lake District Competition

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2018: FIRST POWER UP

Robot Name: Katie


Overview of the Season

In the FIRST POWER UP game, teams are trapped in an 8bit video game! Teams use power cubes to defeat the boss. Teams alliances score by placing power cubes on the scale or their switch. When either the scale or switch is tipped in an alliance's favor, the respective alliance gains points. Alliances can also exchange power cubes for power-ups in the vault. Power-ups provide advantages throughout the match. Teams can also climb the scale tower to gain additional points at the end of the match and "face the boss". This season, the TriSonics had 32 members and 9 mentors to complete the challenges of the game.

Our Awards

  • Innovation in Controls Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Kettering #2 District
  • District Event Winner at the Kettering #2 District
  • District Chairman's Award at the West Michigan District
  • District Event Winner at the West Michigan District
  • Ford Division Winner at the Michigan Championship
  • Michigan Championship Winner at the Michigan Championship
  • Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford at the FIRST Championship - Detroit
  • Archimedes Subdivision Winner at the FIRST Championship - Detroit

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2017: FIRST Steamworks

Robot Name: The Agitator


Overview of the Season

FIRST STEAMWORKS, the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition game, invites two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race. Teams alliances score by delivering gears to the airship to be pulled up by pilots to engage rotors, collect fuel cells (5" diameter balls) to shoot into a boiler to score point for raise the kPa pressure, and, in end game, robots climb a rope up to the airship to "prepare for takeoff". In 2017, TriSonics team had 27 members that works to achieve all goals of the game.

Our Awards

  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Lakeview District Competition
  • District Event Winner at the Lakeview District Competition
  • Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation at the West Michigan District Competition
  • District Event Finalist at the West Michigan District Competition
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Michigan State Championship - DTE Energy Foundation Division

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2016: FIRST Stronghold

Robot Name: Wheely


Overview of the Season

In FIRST Stronghold, teams were challenged with the task of capturing their opponent's tower! They had to cross defenses such as the moat to their opponents courtyard, where they could launch boulders at the tower. Our team was known for our "terrific turret" and attending the Michigan State Championship as well at the World Championship in St. Louis, MO.

Our Awards

  • District Event Winner at the Waterford District Competition
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Waterford District Competition
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the West Michigan District Competition
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at the Michigan State Championship
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi at the Archimedes-Tesla Division at World Championship

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2012: Rebound Rumble

Robot Name: Bertha


Overview of the Season

In our team's first season, we competed in a basketball style game. The goal was to build a robot that could pick up Nerf basketballs and shoot them into goals for points. Our team advanced to the Michigan State Championship and this season was a great start to our team!

Our Awards

  • Highest Rookie Seed at the Traverse City District Competition
  • Regional Winners at the Traverse City District Competition
  • Rookie All Star Award at the Traverse City District Competition
  • Rookie Inspiration at the West Michigan District Competition

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2015: Recycle Rush

Robot Name: Eleváte


Overview of the Season

Recycle Rush was the year that the TriSonics really made a name for themselves. This game was all about stacking large totes and capping them with recycling containers. In this game, the TriSonics were known for their autonomous mode, in which the robot moves independently of the drivers. The team advanced to the Michigan State Competition, and from there traveled to St. Louis to compete against teams from all around the world!

Our Awards

  • Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox at the Howell District Competition
  • District Finalists at the Howell District Competition
  • Judges' Award at the West Michigan District Competition

Team & Robot

2013: Ultimate Ascent

Robot Name: Mercedes


Overview of the Season

In 2013, The TriSonics were challenged with an Ultimate Frisbee game. The robot had to be designed to manipulate plastic Frisbees and score them into goals for points. At the end of each match, the robot was also challenged with climbing a wire-frame pyramid in the middle of the field.

Our Awards

  • District Finalists at the West Michigan District Competition
  • Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler at the West Michigan District Competition

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