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.

Team Mission

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.

Community Outreach

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 Competition

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.

Team Organization

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.

Design Team

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.

Build Team

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.

Electrical Team

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.

Programming Team

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.

Safety Team

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.

Scouting Team

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.

Business Team

The Business Team controls the finances, works on finding sponsors, creates promotional materials, and prepares material to be presented for award judging at competitions.

Our Experience

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.

Founding Sponsor

New Eagle is an Ann Arbor-based company that specializes in mechatronic controls, which are the electronic brains that drive mechanical systems. They provide specialized engineering services with Raptor software tools and supply chain offerings provide the resources needed to create a reliable control system for your machine, fast.

Platinum Sponsors

Ford Motor Company began with a staff of 10 in 1903, and has now grown to employ hundreds of thousands of talented women and men who regularly innovate to deliver a variety of mobility choices. Ford employees collaborate worldwide to provide new transportation solutions to customers.

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery operating a network of company-owned and franchise-owned stores in the United States and international markets. Domino’s is a company of exceptional people on a mission to be the best pizza delivery company in the world.

HARMAN designs and engineers ​connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automat​ion solutions, and connected services. Their talented workforce and innovation strength create value for our stakeholders by enabli​ng rich experiences through the connected car, connected enterprise and connected lifestyle.

The Argosy Foundation pursues partners and programs that show special ability not only to add value to a field, but also may contain features or provide learning applicable to other philanthropic endeavors. Their role as a partner is to maximize the likelihood of success, as well as gain knowledge and best practice information that can be made available to others. They believe every program is a learning experience.

DTE Energy is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.

Studio Design-ST

Studio Design-ST, LLC has been in practice since 1975 creating a broad scope of outstanding site and building structures throughout the United States and overseas. They are certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Professional Member of the Association of Licensed Architects and Professional Member of the International Interior Design Association.

Gold Sponsors

At Tooth Town Pediatric Dentistry, their focus is providing the highest quality dental care for their patients. They treat each child with compassion and create comprehensive treatment plans with respect to their unique individual needs. They also have a strong emphasis on preventive dental care in order to help children maintain good oral hygiene habits and healthy smiles as they mature.

Toyota is in the business of making great cars and trucks. But they also work every day to apply and share their know-how in ways that benefit people, the community, and our planet in order to build a better tomorrow.

Founded in 2007, Applied Technology Methods and Practices (ATMP Solutions), a Michigan-based company, has a proven model to assist companies of all sizes in the implementation of IT Security Framework and Processes. ATMP works with clients using a direct and collaborative approach with a focus on self-sufficiency.  While compliance is a critical component, the true objective is to protect sensitive and confidential information assets.

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 .  

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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