Team Lance-A-Bot Official Website

Thank you for visiting the official website of Team 4237. We are a seventh year FIRST Robotics Team founded in 2011. We’re based at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, Michigan. Check out news and other links on this page.

Summer Events

Team Lance-A-Bot is getting out in the community this summer! Here's what we've been doing:

  • Weekly meetings: Thursdays 6-9pm (5:30-6 is drive practice for returning members).
  • Mini Maker Faire with SCRA (June 2)
  • Adopt-A-Highway (July 21)
  • Robot demo at a local VBS (July 25)
  • Bridgman Family Fun Night with SCRA (July 27)
  • FLL Summer Camp (July 30-August 3)
  • Berrien County Youth Fair Robot Demo with SCRA (August 18)

FIRST Sunset Coast Robotics Alliance

The Sunset Coast Robotics Alliance (SCRA), an organization comprised of the FIRST Robotics teams in southwestern Michigan, was formed to carry out projects that call for the involvement of multiple teams. Here’s a list of what’s been planned so far for 2017-18

  • Lancer-Bot-Mania FLL League Qualifying Event (November 11, 2017)
  • Sunset Coast Splash FTC Qualifying Event (December 2, 2017)
  • St. Joseph FRC District Event (March 8-10, 2018)
  • Robotics Roundtable Radio Show (February-April, 2018)
  • FIRST Robotics Demo, SW Michigan Mini-Maker Faire (June 2, 2018)
  • Robotics Demo Days, Berrien County Youth Fair (August 18, 2018)

Robotics Roundtable Returns

Airs live Tuesdays 6-7pm on WSJM FM 94.9

Robotics Roundtable, a weekly show on WSJM Radio featuring discussion on FIRST Robotics, will begin its third season in late February. The show is a partnership between the radio station and the SCRA, and will be underwritten by sponsors TBA. The moderators will be Ray Gustafson, the station’s program director, and Tim Dunaj, judge advisor for the St. Joseph FRC District Competition. The show will air live on WSJM as well as on Facebook with a podcast available on wsjm.com.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, team members Jeremy Wolf, Madeline Dale, Mark Washington, and mentor Doug Washington, were featured on Robotics Round Table along side 3 team members and a mentor from team 5056 MegaHurtZ Robotics from Buchanan, MI (picture below). Listen to the podcast here.

2018 District Competitions

Saint Joseph

On Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th Team Lance-A-Bot competed at Saint Joseph High School. We were ranked 12th with a record of 9-7-0. During alliance selection we were picked by the #4 Alliance, Team 2337 - EngiNERDs, and then picked Team 288 - The RoboDawgs. Milkman (our robot) made it through the quarterfinals, but lost in semifinals. At the award ceremony, we won the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors and won a Hard Hat Safety award, first runner-up to the safety award.


Gaylord

Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17th in Gaylord, MI, we competed at our second event. Team Lance-A-Bot was ranked 4th with a record of 10-2-0. During alliance selection, we were picked by the #2 Alliance, Team 3618 - Petoskey Paladins, with Team 6573 - Alanson Viking Brobotics as our third pick. Milkman (our robot) made it through the quarterfinals, but lost in semifinals. At the award ceremony we won two awards: the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories.

Michigan State Championship

Team Lance-A-Bot has the wonderful opportunity to attend the Michigan State Championship at Saginaw Valley State University. The event consists of 160 teams from across the FIM District. Team Lance-A-Bot competed in the Dow Division with 40 other teams. At the end of qualifications, we ranked third, and captained the third seeded alliance, striking out in quarterfinals. We were very happy to have won the Innovation in Control award, even though the five of us that didn't leave early to beat the storm didn't hear our name called.

Competitions aren't all about competing! We helped out an SCRA team, CW Tech Robotarians, Team 2959, with scouting by sharing our information with them at the end of the day since their scouting app went down. Our team also loves having fun, so outside of competitions we had scouting meetings (we try to keep them serious, but does it work?), Meijer runs, movie nights (both at the hotel and in theaters), and bonded.

Detroit World Championship

Team Lance-A-Bot did great at our world competition this year! We had a qualification record of 7-3-0, ranking 23rd going in to alliance selections. We were the 1st pick of Alliance 4, led by Argos, Team 1756. We were joined by our neigbor, The Average Joes, Team 3620, and Genesee Robotics Area Youth Team (GRAYT), Team 1322. Together we had a playoff record of 4-2-0 being eliminated in the Finals by Alliance 3. We were overjoyed to be finalists in Archimedes.
Besdies our robot performance, members of Team Lance-A-Bot had a lot of fun. We went to the opening party, attended various seminars, went to roboprom hosted by Team 399: Eagle Robotics. We attended the Innovation Fair during free time (it does exist!) and met new people from all over. We found a spot on the lawn to gather and eat lunch as well as goof around with our friends from other teams. We continued to help others as much as possible, and even joined forces with The Average Joes for scouting during qualification matches. To wrap it al up, while some members left us early to attend our school prom, the rest stayed and watched our friends Team 2767, Stryke Force, win Einstein with their alliance. Overall, the Detroit World Championship was a blast

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Meet the Team

The Lakeshore Robotics Team, started in Fall 2011, is a project of Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI. We have about 50 dedicated individuals involved. You can meet them here.

Learn about FIRST®

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) is "the Varsity Sport for the Mind™" which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Recent Safety Recalls

You’d be surprised by what’s been recalled!
Click the button below to read about recent safety recalls
on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.

Recalls