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. With 38 members, our team includes all ages from freshmen to seniors. Our rookie season as Team #7660 kicked off in October 2018. In that first season, we won the Lincoln District Competition and qualified for state playoffs. We also won several prominent awards, including the Rookie All Star Award, Rookie Inspiration Award, Highest Seeded Rookie Award, and Safety Awards.
The Byting Irish Robotics team was formed to provide a fun and innovative learning environment to inspire students to go beyond classroom learning in science, engineering, and business principles.
Last season, our team provided books and toiletries for children in under-served housing communities in Flint. We were able to collect over 300 children`s books in addition to the much-needed toiletries. This year, our team organized a drive to collect shampoo, soap, and toiletries for both Flint residents and a mission located in Mexico. This experience was worth 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 season officially kicked off on January 4, 2020, when all teams around the world learned the rules of this season’s competition. After that, we had 6 weeks to build and program our robot. As a second-year team, our goal has been to build our robot to be successful in a very focused aspect of the game. We will compete the weekends of March 7 – 9 and March 21 – 23 to see if we can qualify for states and then for the final world championship to be held in Detroit this season.
The Byting Irish Robotics team is divided into several sub teams that capitalize on each student`s strengths in order to create the best working environment.
The Design Team kicks off the season by brainstorming ideas for what our robot will end up looking like and which tasks it will be able to complete. 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.
The Build Team has the most hands-on role with the robot. Members build the physical robot based on the design created by the design team, working out any problems that occur in the building process in order to allow for the best outcome during the competition.
The Electrical Team adds all the wiring and pneumatics into the robot. They connect the many components of the robot together to a singular power source so the robot can function.
The Programming Team writes the code that directs the robot to respond to the controls when operated by the driver. This year they are hoping to create an autonomous feature.
The Safety Team ensures the team is safe both at practice and at competitions. Team members speak with the safety inspector at competitions. Fun fact: our team was awarded with the “Pit Safety Award” during our rookie year.
The Scouting Team learns about other teams at each competition and tracks their progress throughout in order to create the best possible alliance during playoff matches.
The Business Team controls the finances, works on finding sponsors, creates promotional materials, and prepares material to be presented for award judging at competitions.
Being part of FIRST, our team members have learned valuable skills. We have developed collaboration and communication skills, as well as experiencing 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 on forming a successful team. For the majority of the team, participating in FIRST has provided our members the ability to see real examples of the principles learned in science and math courses, and observe how these principles are applied. These experiences are extremely valuable and something our team will carry into the future.
We are very thankful for our 2020 Season Sponsors! We appreciate the monetary support they have provided to allow us not only to build our robot, but also to create a robotics lab within our school. Many of our sponsors also provide mentorship and garage facility space when we need to have our whole team kickoff build sessions.
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How Can You Help?
Our team is continuously looking for donations of tools and equipment, in-kind donations of team t-shirts, signage, as well as monetary donations. Each sponsor will be recognized on various team signage, uniforms, and school communications. Sponsors will also have the option to receive emails about the progress of the robot and any updates regarding the team.
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 building supplies.
Each season, new parts need to be purchased to build the actual game-specific robot. Our team also must pay to enter our robot in competition, which is a fee of $5,000 per year. We also need to pay for team promotional materials, such as team uniforms, signs and banners to be displayed at competitions. Lastly, our team would like to purchase additional workroom tools, such as drill press, power grinder and band saw, to allow for a more efficient fabrication process .
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
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