EngiNERDs ready for Kettering FIRST Robotics Event

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FLINT (WJRT) (03/04/15) - It's just about game time for the Grand Blanc EngiNERDs. They're getting ready to face off against 40 other Michigan high school teams in the Recycle Rush First Robotics Districts at Kettering University.

"It's going to be like a rock concert. We're going to have music playing, people cheering, dancing, rooting for their favorite team, hopefully the EngiNERDs," said coach Clinton Bolinger.

The event runs Thursday through Saturday in Kettering's recreation center. Admission is free.

"This is our sixteenth year holding a FIRST competition and it's a big deal for us. It recruits students for us and gets people on campus," said Kettering's FIRST Robotics Director Bob Nichols.

The Nerds robotics team is now in it's eighth year. While they plan to have fun, they also plan to take care of business.

"We want to win. We want to get a blue banner, go on to states, and then from there, hopefully go on to the world championships," said Grand Blanc High School student Silas Brumwell.

To make that happen, the team captains have a well-planned strategy.

"It's more constructive than destructive. That's the best way to describe it. We're trying to take totes and stack them up as high as we can, put a recycling container on top to triple our score," Bolinger said.

It took the kids around six weeks to build their robot, named Scorpion.

"We're out there three hours every night during the week and then 12 hours every Saturday and eight on Sundays, that's if we leave on time," said Grand Blanc High School student Kailey Fuller.

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