Each 2 minute match begins with the 24’ x 48’ field broken up into 5 zones and set up as follows. Four robots start on the playing field and are paired in alliances of 2. There are 2 robots at diagonally opposite corners, 10 soccer balls in each driver station area, 20 soccer balls centered along each side of the field, and 3 moveable goals weighing approximately 130 lbs each in the center zone. The strategies are endless, but the basic objectives are simple. Robots race around the playing field trying to gather balls, place them into goals, place the goals in their scoring zone, and return their robot to their starting zone before the 2 minutes have elapsed.
Awards: Highest Rookie Seed
Events Attended: Great Lakes Regional, Western Michigan Regional, Archimedes Division
Schools: Salem High, Canton High
Milestones: This year we gained a new sponsor, Visteon. It was also the year we got the team number we have now, 862. . Mentor, Brian Graham was a very important part of our team as he taught our students many things. Team started using Lightning Robotics name interchangeably with Team Lightning.
This year’s Smugmug: https://lightningrobotics.smugmug.com/2002-Season