Our team was started in 1999 as FIRST Team 465 for the 2000 FIRST Robotics Competition. Since then, we have grown steadily and subsequently become FIRST Team 862.
Events Attended:Great Lakes Regional, FIRST Championship Event
Schools: Salem H.S., Canton, H.S., Plymouth H.S., Belleville H.S., East M.S.
History:Over the summer, we started meeting with a possible new sponsor, Robert Bosch LLC. As September drew to a close, we heard the good news that Robert Bosch LLC agreed to sign on as a sponsor for our team. And with them, we also gained a new sense of direction and several important mentors to aid us. During our preseason, we were selected to participate in a pilot competition using fuel cells. As part of the program, the team was given a small fuel cell to experiment and test possible outcomes for its use. This opportunity provided us with a great learning experience. Concluding this experience, our 2005 robot, Carlson X, was retrofitted to run solely off of the onboard hydrogen fuel cell. The transition from Visteon to Bosch sponsorship, though providing many challenges, was ultimately successful as two different cultures of team management were combined to form a unified team. With Visteon’s final donation to the team, we were able to purchase a mill for the machine shop at the school. Though the robot struggled through competition, the team profited from the lessons learned and opportunities we had to come together. We also had our continued participation in Relay for Life and Ypsilanti Heritage Festival during the off season.