UCS ThunderQuest storms into Henry Ford II
UCS ThunderQuest storms into Henry Ford II
Posted on 10/20/2017
Two students preparing a robot for competition

Nearly 50 robotics teams from across the region will take part on November 11 in the annual UCS ThunderQuest, the largest FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament in Michigan.

The 48 teams will compete from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Rd. in Sterling Heights. Fourteen of the teams will be from Utica Community Schools.

“The UCS ThunderQuest is an exciting ‘coopertition’ that engages our next generation of technology leaders and innovators through teamwork, professionalism and creativity,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “ThunderQuest is another example of how our district remains a hotbed for robotics education.”

FIRST LEGO Robotics introduces younger students (ages 9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

The ThunderQuest tournament will feature several competitions, including a tech presentation where students create an autonomous robotic vehicle that will follow a course on a 4’ x 8’ table. Students also compete in teamwork competitions and a display of a project that describes their solution for issues identified through the national hydro dynamics challenge.

The top ten teams will advance to the state tournament this December.

The program is free to the public.