The Byting Irish

About the Byting Irish

The Byting Irish is a FIRST robotics team based at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. FIRST is a global organization that works to help young people see themselves as science and technology innovators ( With 44 members, our team includes all ages from freshmen to seniors. The team was founded in 2018 to provide a hands-on STEM program to meet the needs of today’s educational environment.  Over the course of the past three seasons, we have impacted over 100 students many of which have chosen to pursue science and engineering degrees in their college careers.

Awards and Recognition

  • 1st Place at the Lincoln District Competition – 2019
  • Participant in State of Michigan Championship event – 2019
  • Ranked top 20% in state of Michigan (542 total teams) – 2019
  • Rookie All-Star Award – 2019
  • Rookie Inspiration Award – 2019
  • Highest Seeded Rookie Award – 2019
  • 5th Place Milford District Competition – March 2020
  • Entrepreneurship Award Milford Competition – March 2020
  • Scouting Master Award Kettering University Snow Blitz – 2021
  • 8th Place Divisional/National Virtual Competition – 2021

Team Mission

The Byting Irish Robotics team inspires students to experience science and technology in a tangible way, going beyond the classroom learning of science, engineering, and business principles.

Community Outreach

The team recognizes there are others less fortunate in our community and strives to identify new ways to give back. Each season our team does a donation drive to collect much-needed shampoo, soap and tooth products to support local shelters and a mission located in Mexico.  During a Faith in Flint service project, we found the need for more age-appropriate books for children and collected over 300 to donate. This experience has meant a great deal to us as a team because we believe it is important to engage outside our school and help those in need since we have been so blessed.

The Competition

While the robotics team works year-round, the competition season kicks off in January when game details are revealed. The teams then have approximately 7 weeks to build and program the robot. Our goal has been to build a robot to be successful in a very focused aspect of the game. The team attends two competitions during March in an attempt to qualify for State finals in April and ultimately the World Championship.

Team Organization

The Byting Irish Robotics team is structured using a sub-team format. This allows the team to maximize each student`s strengths and create a productive working environment. This also provides the students with exposure to various aspects of STEM.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Team

The Design Team plays a crucial role in determining the development of the robot. They attempt to find the most logical and efficient design based on constraints such as the length of the build season, skill of our build and electrical teams, limitations in the game, and mechanical possibilities. These team members learn how to use SolidWorks CAD program elements in the design of the robot, providing a foundation for both collegiate and professional aspirations.

Build Team

The Build Team has the most hands-on role with the robot. Members fabricate the physical robot based on the design created in CAD and solve any problems that occur in the building process. Members of the build team learn how to safely use tools and equipment. They oversee the process of taking design drawings to create components and build a finished robot.

Electrical Team

The Electrical Team could be viewed as the team that brings life to the robot. There are a lot of components which need to tie together, and the electrical team is responsible for this task. They lead the design layout for all the wiring and pneumatics in the robot. In today’s age of computers and sensors, this team gets exposure to concepts in electrical engineering.

Programming Team

The Programming Team writes the code that directs the robot to respond to the controls when operated by the driver. The students are taught Java, a high-level programming language, and use this to direct the robot in both manual and autonomous mode. As technology advances and self-driving vehicles become more mainstream, these team members will be more prepared for roles in automation and beyond.

Business Team

The Business Team has a multitude of responsibilities. Not only do they maintain the finances, but they also help find sponsors, create promotional materials, and develop presentation materials for competitions. They also create bi-weekly newsletters and manage the team’s social media presence. Students who are interested in careers in business, marketing, and finance are given an opportunity to run a small business.

Safety Team

The Safety Team ensures the team is following safety protocols both at practice and at competitions. Team members speak with the safety inspector at competitions to make sure rules are followed. Our team was awarded with the “Pit Safety Award” during our rookie year. Membership on this team helps students grow their interpersonal and leadership skills.   

Scouting Team

The Scouting Team learns about other teams at each competition and tracks their progress throughout to help determine strategies during matches. This helps the Byting Irish create the best possible alliance during playoff matches. Our Scouting Team were the winners of the 2021 Kettering University Scouting Hack-a-Thon. Students who have a keen sense of detail and the ability to analyze data and metrics perform well in this team. 

Our Experience

Being part of FIRST, our team members learn valuable skills and experience science and math in a different light. With many sub-teams working independently but needing to communicate, we have been able to learn the value of collaboration and communication and have seen firsthand the importance it has had in forming a successful team. For much of the team, participating in FIRST provides our members with the ability to see real hands-on examples of the principles learned in science and math courses, and observe how these principles are applied. These experiences are extremely valuable to the students and prepares them for the classroom as well as the boardroom.


We are very thankful for this Season’s Sponsors! We appreciate the monetary support they provide to allow us not only to build our robot, but also to equip a robotics lab within our school. Many of our sponsors also provide mentorship to our team, bringing industry experts to help the students learn the necessary skills in robotics.

Founding Sponsor

New Eagle is an Ann Arbor-based company that specializes in mecNew Eagle is an Ann Arbor-based company that specializes in mechatronic controls. They were our founding sponsor in 2018 and helped kickstart our program with their financial support and engineering mentorship.

Platinum Sponsorship Level

Welcoming our newest sponsor, Adient, to our team! With offices in Plymouth and around the world, Adient is a leader in automotive seating systems.

Alro Steel has joined our team as a sponsor in the 2022 season. With locations in 12 states, they are headquartered in Jackson, MI and specialize in the distribution of metals, industrial supplies and plastics.

We welcome Curio Genomics as a new sponsor this year. They are located right here in Ann Arbor and specialize in analytical processing and data visualization tools.

DTE has sponsored the team for two years. They are a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

The FCA Foundation supports programs designed to promote youth development, education, veterans, active military and their families, and community service. We are grateful for their 2nd year of sponsorship.

Ford Motor Company headquartered in Dearborn has been providing mobility solutions to customers for over 100 years. Our team is thankful for their support as they have been sponsoring us since our rookie year through their STEM outreach.

HARMAN located in Novi designs and engineers ​connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products. As a sponsor for 3 years, Harman has partnered with us to facilitate our students to present their robot design work to their engineering staff.

SOW Charitable Foundation is one of our new sponsors for this 2022 season. We appreciate their generosity to enable our team to purchase a 3D printer and dedicated laptop for our CAD team.

Gold Sponsorship Level

We’re so grateful for the support that Angel Food Catering is giving our team this 2022 season! They are keeping us nourished and allowing us to maintain a cost-effective plan for our weekly team dinners.

We welcome Intra as a new sponsor this year. They are located in Westland, MI with global offices in Europe and Asia. They specialize in precision manufacturing and custom made measuring equipment.

Toyota has sponsored our team for the past two years. Their North American offices are located right here in Ann Arbor and nearby Saline. They are in the business of making great cars and trucks.

Silver Sponsorship Level

We welcome Machining Systems to our sponsor team this season.  They are located in Howell and create machining tools for both OEM’s and suppliers.

RL Deppmann is a new sponsor to our team this season. Headquartered in Novi, they have offices in Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Cleveland and supply HVAC and plumbing equipment for commercial and industrial buildings.

We would like to welcome Stemville as a sponsor. Located in downtown Northville, they offer kids an opportunity to imagine through creative play. Children explore through coding robots, hands-on learning stations and other STEM related activities.

Bronze Sponsorship Level

Toothtown Pediatric Dentistry has sponsored our team for the past three years. Located in South Lyon they specialize in dental care for children of all ages.


How Can You Help?

Our team is continuously looking for donations of tools and equipment, team uniforms, signage, as well as monetary donations.  Each sponsor will be recognized on various team signage, uniforms, robots, social media and school communications.  

What Will Your Generosity Be Used For?

It is expensive to have a robotics team!  The cost of having a team includes more than just building the robot. Expenses also include competition fees, promotional materials and prototyping supplies. Each season, we must budget for new parts to build the game-specific robot. We also need to purchase team promotional materials, 3D printer technology and additional workroom tools to allow for a more efficient fabrication process.

Contact Us

The Byting Irish robotics team is based at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor Michigan. We are located at 4333 Whitehall Dr, Ann Arbor MI, 48105

If you have any questions, comments or inquiries, feel free to contact us.

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