What is Lightning Robotics?

Welcome to the website of FIRST Team 862 of Canton, MI! Our team is made up of students from Salem, Canton, and Plymouth High Schools, and competes annually in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC, as it is often shortened to, is a worldwide competition with over 3,000 teams from all 50 states and a number of countries. Feel free to browse around - you might want to check out this year's competition, look at our awesome sponsors, or maybe visit the FIRST website.

Our team has been around for over 15 seasons, and in that time has become very well-established, both in our school and in our community. Originally numbered Team 465 with so few students you could count them on your fingers, Team 862 has grown to include over 100 students, 30 mentors, and several great sponsorsincluding Robert Bosch Llc. Our team engages in a number of outreach activities - in addition to numerous small demonstrations throughout Plymouth and Canton, we raise funds for cancer at Relay for Life and demonstrate at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival.

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The following text is an excerpt from team 862’s Chairman’s Award Submission for the 2017 season.

“It all started 17 years ago, when there was an increase in STEM interest among the high school students of Plymouth-Canton that continues to grow to this day. . .The newfound interest was sparked from FIRST.”
Lightning Robotics plays a major role in inspiring STEM interest in their surrounding community. They volunteer wherever and whenever they can. They develop long-term partnerships with sponsors and find ways to give back through demos, outreach events, and running FIRST competitions. Their sustainable program enables them to teach essential life skills to the next generation by mentoring and supporting FTC teams as they progress into FRC. . .they categorize their future goals into four sections with measurable results: People, Knowledge, Operations, and Outreach. These goals are revisited yearly. . .to improve team processes and outreach events.