Motto: Figure It Out!
Who We Are
FIRST Team 3667, the Mecanum Knights is a combined team of students from cross-town rivals Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern. We also have a select number of middle and elementary school junior team members. Our team works from its shop and programming lab at the Harrison Center in Port Huron. The Harrison Center is located midway between our schools at 55 15th St.
Port Huron High, home of the Big Reds, is the city's oldest high school, having opened its doors in 1868. The school has been relocated several times in its long history, landing at its current home at 2215 Court St. in 1957. Today, nearly 1,400 students pass through its halls daily (Port Huron High School Website).
What We've Done
Registered to participate in the Lansing District Event, Mason High School
Participated in the Southfield High School District Event
Hosted Cardinal Mooney Team 4779, the RopoSapiens, for Recycle Rush practice
Exhibited at SC4 STEM Conference, October, 2014
Presented at the 21st Century Symposium, Marysville High School, August 2014
Exhibited at the St. Clair County 4-H Fair in Goodells, MI, July 2014
Participated at the Blue Water International Rotary Parade, July 2014
- Participated at Marysville Days, June 2014
- Facilitated organization of BWARA, the Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance
- Presented at Kimball Elementary School, June 2014
- Qualified for and participated in the Michigan FRC State Championship and finished season ranked 36th out of Michigan's 278 teams
- Registered for Center Line, and Lansing District Events
- Awards: 2014 District Champion, Center Line District Event; Imagery and Industrial Safety awards, Center Line District Event, Lansing District Event; Industrial Safety award.
- Hosted rookie Team 5155, The Bearcats from Ubly, January 2014
- Presented to Blue Water Parrot Head Club, February 2014
- Presented to Alpha Zeta chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, March 2014
- Hosted Team 4779, The RoboSapiens in a pre-game conference and testing, February 2014
- Participated in Indian Woods Elementary's Robot Carnival, Fall 2012
- District Finalists Kettering University, March 2013
- Participated in Port Huron Museum's Computers and History Event, March 2013
- Participated in Grand Blanc District Event, March 2013 where we won the "Safety Runner-Up Award"
- Presented to Port Huron Northern and Port Huron High schools, May 2013
- Presented to Elementary School students at Roosevelt, Garfield, and Woodrow Wilson schools, Spring 2013
- Marched in the Blue Water Rotary International Parade, July 2013
- Exhibited for two days at the St. Clair County 4H Fair at Goodells County Park, July 2013
- Participated at Kettering Kickoff, September 2013
- Presented at St. Clair County Community College STEM Conference, October, 2013
- Presented to Elementary Schools students at Kimball Elementary School, December, 2013
- Awards: District Finalist, Kettering District Event 2013
- Presented to students at the Red Zone 21st Century Community Learning Center at Port Huron High School.
- Presented at Port Huron Schools' Board Meeting.
- Participated in the Blue Water Rotary International Parade, July 2012.
- Participated in a tour of and hands-on experience with Port Huron Hospital's da Vinci Si Surgical Robot. The da Vinci robot performs surgeries in general surgery, gynecology and urology.
- Named Port Huron Hospital's da Vinci robot "Micro-Angelo."
- Awards: Troy District, Team Spirit Award. See award commentary.
- Presented at two separate Port Huron Schools' board meetings (one mid-season, one post-season).
- Sent team members to spread the FIRST Message for a day in science classes at Central Middle School, Holland Woods Middle School and Port Huron Northern High School.
- Participated in the Blue Water Relay for Life and raised $3,000 in the fight against Breast Cancer.
- Awards: Safety Award, Kettering Kick-off, Kettering University, Sept. 2011
Where We're From
Port Huron, Michigan, is the anchor of the Blue Water Area. According to the 2011 U.S Census, there are about 29,928 people living here. It is home to the Blue Water Bridge, a twin-span bridge, that will take you across the St. Clair River to Canada. It is the second-busiest international crossing in North America with an average of 14,000 vehicles crossing daily (20,000 on a busy day).
While it retains its small-town charm, there are plenty of things for visitors to Port Huron to enjoy. Our community features the standard amenities such as bowling at one of our many many bowling allies, ice skating at at McMorran Ice Arena or Glacier Point, or catching a movie at one of our two theaters. We also our blessed with beautiful shorelines, public boat launches and beaches, bountiful fishing and beautiful parks. Bicycle enthusiasts can ride along the Bridge-to-Bay Trail or and campers can enjoy the State Park located just up M-25 in Lakeport. History buffs would appreciate that we are home to Michigan's oldest (and newly restored) lighthouse (About the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse), as well as the childhood home of Thomas Edison. A museum in Edison's honor is located at the foot of the Blue Water Bridge, which, by the way, is not far from the location on which the famous inventor's home stood.
Desmond Landing offers year-round beauty. Visitors can enjoy a view of the bridge from outdoor seating featuring the warmth of a cozy fireplace or from the inside the comfort of the Great Lakes Maritime Center. For the more adventurous, there is the Blue Water River Walk, which features a newly restored shoreline, an outdoor classroom, a ferry dock, a nearly mile-long pedestrian walk, and public art. From the Maritime Center to the Bean Dock this waterfront treasure was the vision of the folks at Acheson Ventures, LLC. and the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. Acheson Ventures is the land development group started by Dr. James C. Acheson, grandson of renowned inventor, Dr. Edward Goodrich Acheson. Among the senior Acheson's claims to fame are more than 150 patents for engineering and chemical processes (http://www.achesonventures.com/Home/History.aspx).*
Recent updates to the Desmond Landing property were completed with a Community Foundation grant of $250,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a grant of $2,000,000 through NOAA and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
The now completed Blue Water River Walk soon will feature a 2.5-acre county park that will have been restored to natural wetlands. The park is a cooperative effort of the Foundation and The St. Clair County Parks and Recreation Commission. A $1,039,500 grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and a Community Foundation grant to for concrete removal and site preparation have have made the wetlands restoration possible.
Boating enthusiasts from all over regularly visit the Maritime Center, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, view the ships and boats as they navigate the St. Clair River, or participate in any number of events (Acheson Ventures Website). Last summer, Desmond Landing hosted the annual Blue Water Festival and every summer, it is home to our city's only Farmers Market. And since we're on the topic of boating, it's important to note that Port Huron is the site of the annual Bayview Port Huron-to-Mackinac sailboat race, which takes place in July. Desmond Landing is the perfect spot from which to view the parade of boats that depart the Black River for the race's start.
Port Huron also is well known among hockey and softball fans as it hosts the annual youth hockey Silver Stick Championships and the annual Men's Modified Softball Championship.
Downtown, Huron Avenue now boasts a nice selection of restaurants including Irish fare served up at Lynch's Irish Tavern, barbecue at Fuel and traditional grill fare at the recently opened Good Fella's Grill. ThumbCoast Brewery features of variety of craft beers. Right next door visitors can choose from a variety of food fare at Trio: Porto Cantina, Bistro 1882 and The Hack. Visitors seeking a more unique experience can enjoy a beautiful view from rooftop seating at The Vintage Tavern and further up Huron Avenue, outdoor seating featuring bocce ball at Casey's Pizza.
Just north of Port Huron Northern, you can stop off at the Birchwood Mall or enjoy a meal at any number of restaurants. The north end also is home to both of our community's movie theaters. You will find our "little town" rich with history and natural beauty.
*The James C. Acheson Foundation has been an ongoing supporter of the Port Huron Schools' FIRST Robotics program.