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.
Awards: Delphi “Driving Tomorrows Technology” Award – Wisconsin Regional
Daimler Chrysler Team Spirit Award – Wisconsin Regional
Events Attended:Great Lakes Regional, Wisconsin Regional, The Championship Event
Schools: Salem H.S., Canton H.S., Plymouth H.S., Belleville H.S.
History:In the late summer right before the start of school we attended two additional demonstrations; once again we attended the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival hosted by team 470. We also attended a full field demonstration at the Grand Opening of the Rock Financial Show Place where we participated in a mini-competition with several teams from around the state, including two current World Champions teams 67 HOT and 503 Frog Force. During the summer and preseason a group of team members known as the Geek Team worked on a project to get a stock Play Station 2 controller to plug into the Operator Interface and control the robot. When they got it working and competition legal it was not only a major team milestone, but a first for the entire FIRST community. In the 2006 preseason our team tried to run LEGO League teams at two middle schools but due to complications at the schools no teams were mentored. Both schools however expressed an interest in the upcoming year. More firsts for our team in the preseason, our first members who were previously on LEGO League teams we mentored joined the team. Our team also applied for and was selected to receive a sponsorship grant from NASA. On December 2, 2005, just over a month before Kickoff we received word that we would have to move our equipment out of the Visteon building where we had built the past four robots. On December 17, 2005, three weeks before Kickoff we moved all of our equipment out of Visteon and into Mr. Obsniuk’s classroom in Salem High School where our 2006 robot Icarus would be built. Icarus was built without the use of a machine shop, putting our “Hacksaw & Drill” philosophy to the test. At Great Lakes Regional Icarus preformed well, we finished in 30th place out of 64 teams. At the first ever Wisconsin Regional Icarus continued to working well, though we placed 32nd out of 34 teams. Our low placing didn’t stop us from getting selected to play in the tournament by team 525 Cedar Falls High School Robotics and team 1732 Marquette Hilltoppers, in the 7th seeded alliance. We got eliminated in the Quarterfinal round by the alliance that went on to win the regional. We also won our first awards since 2002, winning the Delphi Driving Tomorrows’ Technology Award for our PS2 controller system and the Daimler Chrysler Team Spirit Award; we also received a spirit award from another team. At the Championship Event Icarus was still working well, though we didn’t win a single match and came in last place, 84th, we had a blast or “Last place and loving it!” as we called it. We had many visits from the judges all of which had a great interest in the PS2 controllers. In the post-season we attended several demonstrations including the Hulsing Elementary School Science Fair, Relay for Life (where we raised over $2000 for cancer research), Schoolcraft College, and Ypsilanti Heritage Festival. The BGMLA was awarded to Pat Murphy for continuing service to the team. The main goal of the 2006 Summer was finding new sponsorship.