Robot Night was a night on May 22, 2014 for elementary students to learn about robotics and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Presented by the Thunderchickens, an award-winning high school robotics team, this event is great for any students interested in science and mathematics. The Thunderchickens presented information about the VEX and FIRST robots, demonstrated previous years' robots, interacted with students in chicken mascots, and organized team-building exercises.
ThunderQuest is one of the largest regional FIRST Lego League competitions in Michigan. About 35 elementary and junior high school teams participate in ThunderQuest. The ThunderChickens organize, coordinate, decorate and judge the event. We also mentor many of the local teams that need assistance
Our Volunteer Service
As ThunderChickens, we understand that we are not just a FIRST Robotics team, but also a part of the community. We take great pride in giving back and staying involved in our community. Some of our events include ThunderQuest, Clinton River Clean-Up, Give Kids a Smile, Relay for Life, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure.
We try to become more and more involved in the community each year, adding new events to our calendar whenever we can. Not only do the ThunderChickens partake in local events, but we also contribute globally.
Project Linus is an organization that donates blankets to children in hospitals. In 2014, the ThunderChickens donated a total of 22 fleece blankets to Project Linus!
Gleaner's Food Bank:
Each year, Gleaner's food bank does a "Stamp Out Hunger" project to collect pantry items for those in need. Area residents receive a grocery bag with a postcard attached asking them to put donated items in the bag and leave it out on a designated day. The ThunderChickens folded and attached postcards to 4,000 bags to help their canned food drive.
HarborChase Memory Care:
The ThunderChickens visited a nearby nursing home to visit with the memory care residents. Students entertained the guests by playing piano and bingo.
Planet Aid is an organization that collects and recycles used clothes. In partnership with this organization, the ThunderChickens will be collected old or used team t-shirts to donate to countries all over the world. The ThunderChickens decided to take on this large project to make a global impact
Clinton River Clean-Up:
Another event we do each year is the Clinton River Clean-up. During this event we clean up the trash in the parks located in the Clinton River watershed area. This year we cleaned up Grant Park; last year, we cleaned up Jaycee Park.
Relay for Life:
Relay for Life is another event the ThunderChickens take part in. We collect donations for the American Cancer Society. The actual event is a 24-hour relay in which one member of our team must be walking on the track at all times.
Give Kids a Smile:
Give Kids a Smile is a program that offers free dental care for underprivileged children in the Detroit area. For many of these kids, it is the first time they’ve ever visited the dentist. The ThunderChickens send volunteers and assign them to a child; we act as their companion, keeping them entertained and calm both in the waiting room and during their exam.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk:
For the JDRF Walk, the ThunderChickens raise money for JDRF beforehand, and participate in the Walk at the GM Tech Center.
Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure:
The ThunderChickens also participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. Similar to the JDRF Walk, ThunderChickens raise and donate money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and afterwards, participate in the 1 mile walk, which took place near Comerica Park.