Stryke Force’s rookie year was in 2009. The original team name was FLEET. It was a homeschool team with twelve students and no sponsor. Even though it was a learning year, the team’s efforts were recognized with the Rookie All Star Award, the Rookie Inspiration Award, and the Highest Rookie Seed Award.
Next Robotics Generation
The Stryke Force Next Robotics Generation (SF-NRG) Spitfires team is an Elementary level robotics team started in 2016. Using Arduino robot kits to get fully functioning robots in the hands of kids (and parents) quickly. The robots you build, and compete with, are yours to take home and enjoy.
Stryke Force is about more than building robots, we are also passionate about building our community. We do our best to establish connections with people throughout Kalamazoo, lending a helping hand and inspiring others with our actions. Team members volunteer at a variety of events to promote STEM, give back to the community, and help people of all ages. Our mission is to share our love for robotics with the entire area.Talons Out Honor FlightThe Talons Out Honor Flight program raises money to send World War II, Korean, and Vietnam veterans to visit their monuments in Washington D.C. After a full day of recognition and gratitude for the veterans, the veterans are welcomed home by the entire community, and Stryke Force students honor America’s veterans by facilitating a welcome-home parade and celebration.Growler’s Education DayWhen the local baseball team hosts their STEM/education day, Stryke Force sets up a stand to teach about the FIRST robotics program and let kids play with the robots. We greatly enjoy engaging the young students in interesting education.Tree Lighting CeremonyEach holiday season, Stryke Force participates in the Kalamazoo Tree lighting ceremony, when the community comes together to put up Christmas lights in city parks. Stryke Force collects donations for a variety of charities, as well as handing out hot chocolate to the participants.Student Technology ShowcaseStryke Force attends the technology showcase at the Capitol Building in Lansing, MI, showing off a championship robot right in the halls of our Capitol and demonstrating our passion for STEM to local school children, Capitol workers, and the Governor himself.Community Open HousesOur annual open houses always draw a large crowd. The attendees of this fun exhibition of the team include prospective students, local government representatives, partners, and potential partners, other FIRST teams, or anyone who just wants to check us out. Stryke Force engages everyone with tours, stations, and demonstrations. It’s a great way to get our community excited about the program and share tips and advice with other teams.Government RepresentativesStryke Force has hosted many government officials at our build space to show off robotics. This provides us with excellent connections throughout our community and a position to expose the government decision makers to the incredible FIRST program. Thank you to all representatives who have visited us!Boys and Girls ClubStryke Force students organized and executed a STEM day at the Kalamazoo Boys and Girls Club for local youth, leading activities in mechanics, circuitry, programming, and robotics and engaging middle and high school kids in the value of education.ParadesStryke Force greatly enjoys marching in community parades, this year, a government representative invited the team to walk with him in the Memorial Day parade, and we have repeatedly participated in the Kalamazoo Do Dah Parade. The team has a blast connecting with the community and increasing the visibility of STEM and robotics.Stryke force was invited to present at the Michigan Board of Education to advocate for the educational impact of the FIRST program and expose them to the success stories of Stryke Force and our World Championship partner Team RUSH. The students were excited and honored by this opportunity to share their experiences and have a voice in the educational decisions of Michigan. Stryke Force always enjoys the opportunity to prove that the FIRST program works!