Notre Dame Blue/Gold Game

Fire Wires attended the annual Blue/Gold game at Notre Dame to demo our robot at their legendary tailgating. We setup our demo robot and let kids and adults take turns shooting whiffle balls into the hoop. It was great fun and we got a lot of kids interested in STEM.

Indiana League Championship

Indiana Rover League Championship

Version 4 of Aardvark came out of the gate swinging. We ended the day with 4 wins and 1 loss. Even that loss we played great, our partner just had… issues (they flipped over). We still were within 10 points of winning that match. We also currently are ranked #2 in the state with the […]


Indy South Qualifier

We have not posted much lately, but not because not much has been going on. It is just the opposite. We have built our robots first version (each competition it will get better). We went to our first competition on December 16 in Greenwood Indiana. It was  a rough day of competition. Our first match […]

The Demise of Bad Bot

Being a rookie team is never easy. Our team started a month late with no funds. We had space to use donated by Gears (as well as some experts to ask questions of) and we had a toolbox and a Tetrix kit from Ethos Science center. We had 3 students at first and added a […]

Fire Wires Visit Ganassi Racing

2017 FTC at IRI

The Fire Wires visited Ganassi on our way to IRI and had a blast. We were given a private tour of the facilities and the kids were able to find out just how much goes into designing and running each of these marvelous machines. We then went on to compete at FTC at IRI. That […]

Indiana FTC State Championship

February 25th, 2017 The Fire Wires spent their Saturday in Crawfordsville, Indiana to compete for the title of Indiana State Champion. We spent Friday night working on putting LEDs and vinyl on our robot for Saturday’s comeptition, which paid off in the form of compliments from other teams. On Saturday, we ended the qualifying rounds […]


In the News: Saint Mary’s student mentors local robotics team

Saint Mary’s first year Michelle Lester uses her robotics skills to help young people in the South Bend community. Lester mentors two youth robotics teams in the area: a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) league team, and a team at the South Bend Career Academy, which is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) league. She […]

E3 Robotics Center FTC Qualifying Tournament

Saturday, February 4, 2017 The E3 Robotics Center FTC Qualifying Tournament was very close to home in Elkhart, Indiana. Not only was it close to home, but our sponsoring robotics center was running the tournament. At this tournament, we had a successful performance in qualifiers, which led us to being the second overall draft of alliance […]

Bash on the Wabash FTC Qualifying Tournament

Saturday, January 28, 2017 For their second event, The Fire Wires headed south; down to Purdue territory. In the event hosted by Purdue FIRST Programs, The Fire Wires were definitely on fire. Ending qualifiers in ninth place, The Fire Wires were selected to play with their friends, CC Sparks and Faith Christian School. The alliance […]

NorWestIn FTC Qualifying Tournament

Sunday, January 15, 2017   On a cold Sunday in January, The Fire Wires packed up Rich’s van and headed over to the north west side of Indiana. Going into the event, The Fire Wires, were the underdog. This was their debut as the newest and third GEARS team, and they had a lot to […]