Stryke Force Student Blog

Welcome to the Stryke Force student blog. Here you can find year-round news about our team and events.

    Pop Can Drive!

    Posted on May 29, 2020 by Tori D.

    Pop Cans Piling up? Donate Them and Support Stryke Force!

    Stryke Force Films the 2020 Chairman’s Video

    Posted on Feb 27, 2020 by Shelby A.

    Get a closer look at how Stryke Force films their media projects.

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Posted on Feb 14, 2020 by Ethan L.

    Lots of love here at Stryke Force…

    2020 Robot Sneak Peek - What Am I?

    Posted on Feb 10, 2020 by Ethan L.

    We’re building lots of things this season. Can you guess what we are building now?

    2020 Kickoff

    Posted on Jan 20, 2020 by Shelby A.

    This Saturday, the official game for the 2020 season was released worldwide, and those of us in Stryke Force got to experience the excitement and anticipation. Everyone had such a great time in our new build space. Click to hear more!

    Happy Holidays from Stryke Force!

    Posted on Dec 25, 2019 by Ethan L.

    Happy Holidays from all of the students, families, and mentors of Stryke Force!

    VEX IQ Season Finish

    Posted on Dec 12, 2019 by Cassie N.

    The first VEX IQ season at Stryke Force has officially come to an end. The children ended off the season with a bang, at their competition, where they worked together with other teams to gain the most points.

    VEX is Next!

    Posted on Dec 7, 2019 by Cassie N.

    Throughout the VEX IQ season, the high school FRC team has had the opportunity to introduce and teach the kids some of the skills that we believe would help them in their season, or when they join the high school team.

    Stryke Force appreciates veterans at Talons Out Honor Flight

    Posted on Nov 13, 2019 by Cassie N.

    Stryke Force had the amazing opportunity to welcome veterans back home from their Washington D.C trip at the 2019 Talons Out Honor Flight.

    Stryke Force supports the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission through ‘Warm Up the Winter’

    Posted on Nov 7, 2019 by Shelby A.

    This holiday season, Stryke Force is proud to help student Samuel R. collect winter wear for the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission. Samuel is a member of the National Honors Society chapter at Comstock High School. Every year, the chapter hosts Warm Up the Winter, an event where local businesses and organizations collect new gloves, hats, coats, and other winter wear. Items are collected in a large, holiday-themed box at every participating location.

    Stryke Force at the West Michigan Robotics Invitational 2019: Goodbye Airtight!

    Posted on Oct 30, 2019 by Zach Z.

    The West Michigan Robotics Invitational (WMRI) was the final off-season event and the last time that we would see Airtight—the name of our robot—in action. There were a number of robot problems throughout the day, including our trident falling out mid-match. But with quick work, the rest of the pit crew and I were able to bring the robot back to working order.

    Stryke Force at the Prairie Ridge Elementary School STEAM Night

    Posted on Oct 30, 2019 by Ethan L.

    For another year, everyone on Stryke Force that participated in Prairie Ridge Elementary School’s annual STEAM Night—middle school students, high school students, and adult mentors of our team—had an equally fun and rewarding time.

    The Stryke Force Education Experience

    Posted on Oct 25, 2019 by Cassie N.

    Stryke Force is helping students receive education in new and different ways, helping them prepare for the future.

    Stryke Force at our first Ferris State University Roboday

    Posted on Oct 5, 2019 by Ethan L.

    Our third off-season event with our FRC team at Stryke Force was September 28 at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

    A look at Stryke Force last Tuesday

    Posted on Sep 20, 2019 by Ethan L.

    With the high school FRC team kicking off their official team meetings the Thursday of September 5, a new kind of energy has enveloped our build space at Midlink. This is also largely in part of NRG—the Next Robotics Generation, our youngest age group with students from 5th and 6th grades—starting its season.

    Indiana Robotics Invitational 2019, and What I Learned

    Posted on Jul 31, 2019 by Alex Z.

    In mid July, Stryke Force attended the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI). IRI invites the best-of-the-best teams to compete in the offseason.

    Stryke Force is Going on Tour

    Posted on Jul 2, 2019 by Ethan L.

    During the summer, the team is planning to do a little bit of traveling and attend three events outside of the regular season.

    2019 Chairman's Award Video

    Posted on Jun 19, 2019 by Ethan L.

    According to FIRST’s website, “the Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, and it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.” Our team worked hard to prepare for this award, and the group presented at the St. Joe and Kentwood competitions during the season.

    Come on Down to Stryke Force's 2019 Open Houses!

    Posted on May 11, 2019 by Audrey R.

    Mark your calendars for the upcoming Stryke Force Open Houses! Everyone is welcome to stop by and check us out for this interactive tour and demonstration at the Stryke Force build space.

    Stryke Force at the 2019 FIRST Championship in Detroit

    Posted on May 10, 2019 by Ethan L.

    Last month, the best teams of the world—bringing more than 40,000 people, and from 70+ countries—descended upon Detroit for the FIRST Robotics Championship. With great expectations of us coming from our status as back-to-back world champions, we advanced to the finals and finished there with a record of 14-2-0. Competing against 136 teams for 8 awards, Stryke Force also received the Excellence in Engineering Award, for an outstanding design and the ability of our students to explain the iteration and concepts linked to the design.

    Stryke Force at the Michigan State Championship

    Posted on Apr 24, 2019 by Ethan L.

    This past weekend at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, Team 2767 Stryke Force competed with the best FIRST robotics teams in the entire state (Michigan also has the most FIRST Robotics teams in the country, at 542!). We finished in the semifinals, at Rank 3, with a record of 15-4-0 that came with the 210 total points we earned. Our team now ranks 6th in the state, and as the Division Championship Winner, the team also earned the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation. Of course, we couldn’t have done this without our sponsors!

    Stryke Force Students Compete in Science Olympiad

    Posted on Apr 24, 2019 by Zach Z.

    A few weeks ago, four Stryke Force students competed in a Regional Science Olympiad Tournament. Science Olympiad is a Nationwide scholastic program where team members compete against other teams in 23 events from written exam events like anatomy and physiology, to hands-on events like circuit lab, as well as engineering build events. Since Stryke Force is a community team, many of us attend different schools, or are homeschooled. Some of us competed against each other, creating an exciting competition. Throughout the preparations for this season, we had many events to work on prior to the regional tournament. A few of the events that the Stryke Force students competed in involved engineering devices that are capable of performing given tasks. There is no doubt that the vast amount of knowledge gained from robotics helped us excel in these events. In fact, all four engineering events were won by Stryke Force students either from Portage Central or Portage Northern.

    Stryke Force at the Kentwood District Competition

    Posted on Apr 5, 2019 by Ethan L.

    This past weekend at East Kentwood High School up near Grand Rapids, Stryke Force participated in our second competition with great success! Over the course of the two days of competing, Team 2767 finished in the Finals, cementing our position as a District Event Finalist in a tight-scoring last two matches. The team finished in Rank 2, with a record of 14-4-0. In addition to the robotics side of competition, the team also earned the Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers.

    Stryke Force at the St. Joseph District Competition

    Posted on Mar 13, 2019 by Ethan L.

    This weekend at St. Joseph High School, Stryke Force played in its first competition, and showed the robot off to the world for the first time! After the initial qualification rounds and the quarter-finals, Stryke Force finished up its run in the semi-finals. According to The Blue Alliance, we are now ranked 40th in the state of Michigan having earned 53 points, and with a record of 14-2-0. Our next competition will be at East Kentwood High School on March 29 and 30.

    Fun times at the Boys and Girls Club

    Posted on Mar 6, 2019 by Cassie N.

    Interacting with the community on behalf of the team is always fun, but the Boys and Girls club takes it to the next level.

    Safety Is The Number One Concern of Stryke Force

    Posted on Feb 11, 2019 by Carter B.

    Safety is the number one concern of Stryke Force and of FIRST. As Stryke Force’s Safety Captain, I make sure that we maintain a safe environment in our build space and I teach students important rules to keep them safe. Some of the most important safety rules include always knowing where the First Aid kit, fire extinguisher, and battery spill kit are located. Safety glasses or side shields are also extremely important to have while near tools and robots.

    Rookie Ryan L. Details His Experiences So Far

    Posted on Jan 21, 2019 by Ryan L.

    As a rookie my experience has been great so far. The atmosphere is great, the mentors are always ready to help and give input, and the students are energetic and willing to learn and build their knowledge of engineering. If I need some help with something merely asking for help is all I need to do to have someone jump in a give assistance. Everyone is really friendly and and actually wants to be a part of the team.

    The Blue Alliance rolls out app for iOS devices

    Posted on Jan 15, 2019 by Ethan L.

    The Blue Alliance—unquestionably the leading website for team information, match videos, and results pertaining to FIRST Robotics competitions—has recently unveiled an app for iOS.

    It’s official: DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Presented By The Boeing Company has “lifted off”

    Posted on Jan 8, 2019 by Ethan L.

    This Saturday, the official game for the 2019 season was released worldwide, and us at Midlink got to experience the excitement and anticipation firsthand, at the kickoff. If you missed it, or want to know more, here’s all the official news and what you need to know so far.

    2019 Game "FIRST: Destination Deep Space" kicks off very soon!

    Posted on Dec 30, 2018 by Ethan L.

    It’s coming very soon…the official 2019 game for FIRST will launch this Saturday—January 5th—at 10:30 a.m. Exactly half a century after Apollo 11 launched and brought astronauts to the moon, FIRST will commemorate the innovation of interstellar travel by having this year’s theme being space related. The live-stream will let viewers have their first glimpse of the field, and get a look at game play details. For viewers at home, you can watch Twitch for the official game reveal, which will be broadcasting live from Manchester, New Hampshire.

    FTC Season Update

    Posted on Dec 25, 2018 by Missy D.

    Our FTC students just finished up their season - and what an exciting season it was!

    Team 7228 qualified for the State Championships, which was held at Kellogg Arena on December 14th and 15th. They finished qualifiers in 11th place with a record of 4-2, and went on to be captains of the the 8th Alliance. They were were knocked out in quarterfinals by the 1st alliance, who went on to win the State Championships.

    Stryke Force teaches STEM at the Boys and Girls Club

    Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by Audrey R.

    Fitting gears together is certainly fun, but watching a younger child’s eyes light up as you teach them how to fit gears together is one of the most amazing experiences a FIRST student can have.

    Student Sam R. Talks About Balancing Schedules

    Posted on Dec 13, 2018 by Sam R.

    As much as I may wish I could spend as many hours as I want in the build space, the day ends after just 24. Factoring in homework, band, soccer, school, a social life, and sleep presents a pressing issue, namely, how to balance my robotics schedule with the rest of life’s demands.

    FTC Constantine Qualifier

    Posted on Dec 9, 2018 by Missy D., FTC Coach

    Our 3 FTC teams had a great time at the Constantine Qualifier on November 17th. It was the debut competition for our newest team, the Spittin’ Kittens. Team 7228 finished third in qualifiers, but was knocked out in semi-finals. The students came away with a positive attitude and a list of ideas of how to improve their robot for next time.

    Bronson Park Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Posted on Nov 30, 2018 by Ethan L.

    Last Friday, at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo, the annual tree lighting ceremony drew numerous spectators and families — Stryke Force families and their children, among them — to a plethora of attractions not limited to live music, a visit from Santa Claus, and holiday food.

    Observations from West Michigan Robotics Invitational

    Posted on Nov 4, 2018 by Zach Z.

    It was an event full of thrilling competition, lively team energy, and engaging sportsmanship. The Western Michigan Robotics Invitational (WMRI) exposed me to a completely different atmosphere of what robotics competitions are like compared to what I initially thought. I have participated in many other STEM competitions, and nothing compares to the lively nature of First Robotics.

    West Michigan Robotics Invitational

    Posted on Oct 30, 2018 by Greg R.

    WMRI went great, we started out a little rusty but we picked up the pace and worked out the kinks to be the first alliance captain. After alliance selections, we then went on to play some tough finals matches, winning the rubber match against the third seed. The rest of the day went smoothly, the pit was packed up with lots of help from the team. The West Michigan Robotics Invitational is an off-season event at Zeeland East High School in Zeeland, Michigan.

    Kaitlin Konopacz Speaks About Work and Beyond

    Posted on Oct 16, 2018 by Ethan L.

    One of the most valuable takeaways from our time at Stryke Force is all the knowledge and experience that we absorb. That’s why I was excited for Kaitlin Konopacz, a mechanical design engineer at Stryker Medical and a graduate from the University of Notre Dame, to speak.

    Let's Get Down to Business

    Posted on Sep 25, 2018 by Audrey R.

    Giving professional presentations, forming relationships with local businesses, editing web pages and planning community events: what do all of these actions have in common?

    Stryke Force shows appreciation for Talons Out Honor Flight

    Posted on Sep 23, 2018 by Hunter M.

    This past weekend Stryke Force participated in a great opportunity to serve our community, and our veterans.

    Stryke Force Blown Away by WMU Wind Tunnels

    Posted on Sep 4, 2018 by Carter B.

    Stryke Force students got the opportunity to tour of Western Michigan University’s Applied Aerodynamics Laboratory with Dr. Tianshu Liu and learn about Western’s Aerospace Engineering program.

    The FTC season is off to a great start!

    Posted on Aug 26, 2018 by Missy D., FTC Coach

    The FTC season is off to a great start! The kids have been meeting since the beginning of August to get to know each other and learn some basic skills.

    Last Week's FRC to FTC Mentoring

    Posted on Aug 22, 2018 by Aayush M.

    The 2018 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season is starting soon, and Stryke Force is gearing up for action!

    FTC Season Preview

    Posted on Aug 2, 2018 by Missy D., FTC Coach

    We are gearing up for our FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) season. This year’s teams include 4 returning students and 19 rookie students from schools all over the greater Kalamazoo area.

    Developing Software Skills with 2016 Stronghold Robot

    Posted on Jul 30, 2018 by Sam R.

    The Stryke Force programmers are dusting off our old Stronghold robot for a software makeover.

    New 2018 Michigan FIRST Budget

    Posted on Jul 17, 2018 by Ethan L.

    The 2019 state education budget is not only good news for Stryke Force, but the entirety of FIRST as well!

    2018 Summer Mechanical Projects

    Posted on Jul 13, 2018 by Jack B.

    Hi my name is Jack B. My mom, dad and brother are founding members of Stryke Force. When I was in 7th grade a few others started 7228, a FTC team. Since then I’ve moved up to FRC and will be a senior this year. I’ve seen a lot of mechanical iterations over the years, especially on our swerve drive.

    2018 Business Plans

    Posted on Jun 29, 2018 by Ethan L.

    While the build group starts their weekly meetings, our business members are in full swing! We have lots of things that we’re all excited about this summer as the business side works the whole year.

    2018 Summer Software Projects

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Roberts K.

    Hi! My name is Roberts K. and I’m a member of the software development team.

    The software developers have a busy summer planned, packed with new and exciting updates to the swerve drive, our use of sensors, and computer vision!

    2018 Chairman's Award Video

    Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Ethan L.

    Every year, Stryke Force submits their Chairman’s Award video. Thank you, Kayleigh B., for all the editing and work you’ve put into this!

    2018 Open Houses were a Huge Success!

    Posted on Jun 16, 2018 by Ethan L.

    I was really, really excited at the flood of people that came through the door of the build space on the first night of open houses!

    Stryke Force visits the Michigan State Board of Education

    Posted on Jun 12, 2018 by Drew S.

    Following the win at the FRC Detroit World Championships, teams 2767 and 27 were invited to present to the Michigan State Board of Education on the importance and value of FIRST Robotics.

    Ranya and Riley

    Posted on May 12, 2018 by Ranya L. and Riley C.

    Team members Ranya and Riley take a moment to reflect on their first year as members of the Stryke Force team.


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