Byting Bulldogs' Eighth Year
In 2018, we experienced another year of growth and learning that saw us achieve great results. The purchase of a CNC machine allowed students to make custom parts in-house using current technology, expanding their real-world skill set.
During the offeason, our team took top honors at the first annual ROBO-CON FRC competition, where we were undefeated in all our matches. Additionally, our girls won the Grand Rapids Girls’ Robotics Competition for the third year in a row and were finalists at the Bloomfield Girls’ Robotics Competition.
The Robot, “Lamar”
Our 2018 competition bot was able to place cubes onto both the low and high scales, climb in the endgame, and even score two cubes in autonomous mode. Through input from the human operator, Lamar was able to use its tank drive to maneuver around the field while gathering cubes with an actuating wheeled intake and place them in their desired locations with a two-stage elevator lift.
Waterford District Competition:
Troy District Competition:
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
Michigan State Championship:
Rank 9 in Ford Division
Alliance 7 Captain
Semifinalist in Ford Division
World Championship, Detroit:
Semifinalist in Daly Division
In FIRST Power Up, teams were required to place milk crates, or "power cubes", on large balancing scales at two levels. Points were earned when a scale was tipped in an alliance’s favor. Alliances could also trade power cubes for “power ups” that would give them a temporary advantage in a match. At the end of the match, robots could earn additional points for their alliance by pulling themselves up on a rung attached to the center balancing scale.