Byting Bulldogs' Seventh Year

Though we lost a lot of talent when our 15 seniors graduated in May 2016, we were delighted to add many new students for the following season. In fact, 22 of our 44 members were new to the team in 2017! In addition to that, we got a brand-new practice field, courtesy of Ultimate Hydroforming and Sharp Tooling Solutions, complete with both blue and red sides. Throughout the season, it was our honor to host other teams in their efforts to improve their robots by sharing our field with them as they continued with their build season plans.


The students of the byting bulldogs in 2017

The students of the byting bulldogs in 2017

The Robot, "Tina"

Our 2017 competition bot, named "Tina", was able to hold both gears and fuel, shoot into the high goal on the boiler, and climb. Tina relied on our human player for obtaining gears and pneumatics for ejecting them onto the peg. The shooter's ball-feeding center agitator was one of the first 3D printed parts that we used on one of our robots. All of these factors combined allowed us to earn the GM Industrial Design Award at the Waterford competition and the Xerox Creativity Award at the Troy competition.



  • Waterford District Competition:

    • District Quarterfinalist

    • General Motors Industrial Design Award

  • Troy District Competition:

    • District Quarterfinalist

    • Xerox Creativity Award

  • Michigan State Championship:

    • Quarterfinalist in Ford Division

  • World Championship, St. Louis:

    • Quarterfinalist in Archimedes Division

The Game

The 2017 FRC challenge was called FIRST Steamworks, and it involved adding gears and fuel to your airship so that your alliance could "take flight". Human players called "pilots" stood on the tower-like airships on the field, drawing up gears placed by robots on pegs at their bases and placing them on the airship where they could be turned to cause rotors to spin for points. Meanwhile, robots collected whiffle-ball "fuel" and shot it into high and low boilers to score more points. At the end of the match, robots climbed ropes dangling from the airships.

2017 FIRST Steamworks Robot Reveal