ThunderQuest is an FLL qualifying event that Team 217 has annually held at Henry Ford II High School since 2002. It is one of the largest FLL competitions in Michigan. The ThunderChickens are responsible for planning, decorating, setting up, judging, and selling concessions for the event. Members of the team make decorations and construct the LEGO field elements ahead of time, then come the night before and set up all of the decorations and fields, then show up on the day of the competition ready to give their all while volunteering in the more typical areas, such as queuing, field reset, and reffing.
In 2019, the ThunderChickens widened their outreach to young FIRST students by expanding ThunderQuest to the FTC level of competition. This new event took place in May and was an offseason competition. 14 FTC teams participated in the event in its first year, and the ThunderChickens did the majority of the volunteering at the event, including reffing, judging, queueing, and field reset. In addition, the team brought their 2019 world champion robot, Alexa, for the kids to look at to see what was in store for their future in FIRST. Members and mentors of 217 were available to provide guidance or answer general questions.