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Community Outreach

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 Flight

Talons Out Honor Flight
Students voluinteered to help our Veterans

The 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 Day

Growler's Education Day
Students talk with young people about STEM

When 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 Ceremony

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Students assist with lightinig the Kalamzoo Christmas tree

Each 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 Showcase

Student Technology Showcase
Students receive the award for winning WMRI

Stryke 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 Houses

Community Open Houses
Students and Mentors talk with the commmunity about FIRST

Our 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 Representatives

Government Representatives
Stryke Force hosts government representatives to explain FIRST

Stryke 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 Club

Boys and Girls Club
Students organized and provided a STEM day to the Kalamazoo Boys and Girls Club

Stryke 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.


Stryke Force marches in the Kalamazoo Do Dah Parade

Stryke 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.

Board of Education Presentation
Stryke Force presents to the Michigan Board of Education

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!


Indiana Robotics Invitational
Lawrence North High School
7802 Hague Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Mid Mitten Robo Rodeo
Lakewood High School
7223 Velte Rd.
Lake Odessa, MI 48849
FSU Roboday
Ferris State University
210 Sports Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Grand Rapids Girls Robotics Competition
Lakewood High School
7223 Velte Rd
Lake Odessa, MI 48849
West Michigan Robotics Invitational
Zeeland East High School
3333 96th Ave.
Zeeland, MI 49464
NRG Competition
Portage District Library
300 Library Ln
Portage, MI 49002


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