Clarkston High School’s robotics team, Team RUSH (Respect Unity Spirit Heart),  unveiled its latest robot at the 2013 Team RUSH Open House, held on Monday, February 18 at 6:00 PM at the Clarkston High School, in the CSMTech (Clarkston Science, Math and Technology) Academy.  Joe Liu, our Youth Exchange student from Taiwan, is a part of the team.  In the photo he is shown on the right  working on the robot with fellow team members (from left)  Jason Markesino, Andrew McLatcher, Kristijian Dodik.


Team RUSH built their robot from the ground up in six weeks to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition ( game this year, called Ultimate Ascent.

Ultimate Ascent ℠ is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives. The match begins with a fifteen (15)-second Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of driver inputs. Discs scored during this period are worth additional points. For the remainder of the match, drivers control robots and try to maximize their alliance score by scoring as many goals as possible. The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. Each robot earns points based on how high it climbs.    

About Team RUSH Robotics

Clarkston, Michigan-based Team RUSH Robotics’ missions is to develop engaged, self-confident leaders who inspire innovation and advocate for all young minds to have an opportunity to understand the significance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thus transforming culture to value STEM ensuring a successful future knowledge economy.  The members of Team RUSH demonstrate Respect, Unity, Spirit, and Heart in all they do.   For more information, visit their website at