Byting Bulldogs' Eighth Year

2018 was quite a year for the Byting Bulldogs. With an increase in membership from 43 students in 2017 to 55 students in 2018, we had the highest number of students in our team’s history! We were able to use our practice field from the previous year, courtesy of Ultimate Hydroforming and Sharp Tooling Solutions, and completely rebuild it to match FIRST’s Power Up field. 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 2018

the students of the byting bulldogs in 2018

The Robot

Our 2018 competition bot, named “Lamar”, was able to place cubes into the switches and onto the scales, climb by itself, 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 placing them in their desired locations with a two-stage elevator lift.


  • Waterford District Competition:

    • District Quarterfinalist

  • Troy District Competition:

    • District Semifinalist

    • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

  • Michigan State Championship:

    • Semifinalists in Ford Division

  • World Championship, Detroit:

    • Semifinalist in Daly Division

The Game

The 2018 FRC challenge was called FIRST Power Up, and it involved two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The game had a retro 8-bit theme and teams were required to place milk crates, or "power cubes", on large balancing scales to tip the scale and gain ownership. Alliances could also trade power cubes for “power ups”, giving them a temporary advantage in a match. At the end of the match, robots could climb a rung attached to the center balancing scale to earn additional points.

2018 FIRST POWER UP Robot Reveal