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St. Louis Here We Are

Thanks to outstanding support from our island community and beyond we’ve made it to St. Louis to participate in the FIRST World Championship.  We have some time this morning so we are headed to see the famous Gateway Arch and to investigate Forest Park which was the site of the 1904 Worlds Fair and is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.  Cool.  Now, we are eating breakfast across the table from a team from Israel. You can track our trip at  Check back here for updates or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. By the way, our faithful robot made it here before us (arriving Friday) thanks to our friends at FedEX and the Beaver Island Boat Company–both masters in logistics.  Thanks, guys and...

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FRC Michigan Championship Results

The team is back from Grand Rapids after three days of intense competition.  With the help of great alliance members and our mentor FRC teams–we did well.  Indeed, well enough to qualify to attend the FRC Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.  Our final record at the event was 6-6-0 with  a ranking of 57 out of 102 teams.  Not our strongest performance of the season–but again good enough when combined with our performance at Standish (where we were the first pick of the third seeded alliance) and at Marysville (where we were the 3rd ranked team coming out of the qualification matches) to get us a seat at the Championship table.  We put a lot of hard work into getting where we’ve landed, but there is no doubt we wouldn’t be where we are without the help of many –and some good old Irish luck.  (Thank goodness we live on America’s Emerald Isle!) You can learn more about our plans to attend the FRC Championship event here. You can support our team here and by shopping at the bIrobot...

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It’s Officially Official: We are Headed to the State Championship Event

With all the scores from events this weekend  in and tallied, we are ranked 37th out of 411 teams in the Michigan FRC District. We received official word last evening that, as a result of our standing,  we are invited to participate in the state championship event.  After due consideration and analysis, we have decided to graciously accept this invitation. (For those not in the know, that’s the FRC way unless you do it Kai’s way and just say “yes.”)  You can join us in Grand Rapids next Thursday through Saturday and help cheer us on as BICS sends its first-ever robotics team to a first ever team sport state championship event.  Information on the schedule, hotels and more is all right here.  You can also support the team and STEM at BICS by coming on board as a sponsor and/or buying one of our team t-shirts on the e-commerce site our team...

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To the State Championship?

Our prospects for making it into the Michigan FRC Championship still look reasonably good.  After this past weekend’s district events we remain well within the top 10% of competing teams.  So, hop online and order your team shirt so it will be ready to wear if we make it (and to support the program going forward no matter what).  You can shop for shirts at  Want to wear your shirt to the championships and cheer us on?  You can do that, too.  Full event info (including hotel information) is right...

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Go for launch…Spring Storm Notwithstanding

A spring snow storm won’t be stopping the bIrobot team.  Our robot is tuned up and we are ready to travel to Marysville a day early to beat a storm that might otherwise trap us on the island.  You can keep up to date with our progress with our twitter feed (conveniently replicated to the right) and by signing up for our SMS feed.  And, if you’ve not snapped up your bIrobot t-shirt yet, how about heading on over to the bIrobot Shop to get one now. Thanks for you support and for following us on...

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am 2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am
2018 Season Kick-off @ Beaver Island Community School Media Lab
Ah.  The day the bIrobot teams waits for all year.  The start of build season.  No sleeping until February 20 at 11:59 p.m.  If you want to join in the announcement you can check with[...]
4:00 pm FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 1:44 am
FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University | Allendale Charter Township | Michigan | United States
Our first District Event for the 2018 Season is at Grand Valley State University.  We have tentatively selected the Sleep Inn in Allendale as our base hotel. Rooms will fill up quickly there, so if[...]
4:00 pm FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School | Marysville | Michigan | United States
We’ll return to Marysville High School for our second District Event of the 2018 Season.  We enjoyed competing there during our rookie year and look forward to seeing some of the teams there that helped[...]

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