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.

Click the button below to view our team’s journey from founding to now.


Robotics Summer Camp

Junior Engineer: Automobiles

The Lakeshore Robotics Team held a summer camp for 13 students grades 4th-6th to inform and get them excited about engineering. They spent three of the four days of camp designing, prototyping, and building a model car. The fourth day was focused on coding. They also learned how to make a programmable name tag say their name.

Weekly Reports

Detailed reports of what we accomplished during each week of the build season.

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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

  • Robotics Demo Days, Berrien County Youth Fair (August 19, 2017)
  • 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 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

Last season, Team Lance-A-Bot 4237 and the Chieftainators 5182 from Dowagiac were featured on Robotics Round Table (picture below).

2017 Competitions

Michigan State Competition

On April 12th, members of Team Lance-A-Bot drove up to Saginaw Valley State University to compete in the FIRST Michigan State Competition for the first time in the team's history. Thursday night while the drive team got the robot inspected, other members began pit scouting. Friday was a great day of qualification matches, dancing, and scouting. At the end of qualification matches, we ranked 30th, and were picked for the 1st Alliance. We flew through the quarterfinals and semifinals, but eventually fell in the finals of the Consumers Energy Division. At the end of the week, we won the Safety Award in our division.

World Competition

On April 26th, Lakeshore Robotics headed to FIRST World Competition in St. Louis. For the first time in the team's history, we competed at the highest level offered for FRC teams. The team spent one week getting constantly evaluated; always making changes and repairs to adjust to the dynamics of the competition. At the end of qualification matches, we ranked 8th and became alliance captains, getting knocked out in the quarterfinals. We also won the pit safety award in our division.

FLL Lancer-Bot-Mania

Lancer-Bot-Mania is an event that the Lakeshore Robotics Team hosts in order to help spark ingenuity within the younger elementary kids, allowing them to demonstrate the basic values and goals of FIRST robotics. There were 24 teams that came to participate in the competition, and we had help from other FRC Teams in the area. The experience FLL provides for the kids is just as rewarding for the teams that help, giving all the student communication skills and confidence needed for success.

Members of Team Lance-A-Bot assisted at the event in such roles as MC, scorekeeper, team ambassador, and referees. The younger students enjoyed seeing our 2017 competition bot.

Lance-A-Bot team members mentored 3 FLL teams. The LEGO Lancers, Team 32996, will be at state competition on January 20th. The LEGO Master Knights, Team 34288, won the Programming Award. LEGO Lance-A-Bot, Team 32995, enjoyed competing and proved to be very good at making puns for fun. All three teams were rookies this year.

Off Season Competition

In the fall of 2017, Team 4237 attended WMRI Competition at Zeeland West High School on October 28 along with 38 other teams. This competition allowed the team to compete for fun and new team members to experience things for the first time.

At this competition, the team made it to the play-offs and was on an alliance with two other Sunset Coast Alliance members, Team 3620, the Average Joes and Team 3452, the GreengineerZ.

Hoopla! Give Back Night

Team Lance-A-Bot is raising money for students' state competition costs. It will be held on Thursday, January 25th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The team earns a percentage of the store's total sales during that time. Hoopla is in the shopping plaza just off the I-94 ramp at Niles and Hollywood Road in St. Joe.

In addition to regular frozen yogurt, Hoopla also offers gluten free, dairy free, and no sugar added frozen yogurt flavors.

Culver’s Nights

Team Lance-A-Bot is raising money for the team travel fund through Culver’s Share Nights. Culver’s Nights allow the host to get a percentage of the profits. Every family to attend and order something helps us achieve our goal. Our next Culver’s Share Night is February 28th. Come show your support for Team Lance-A-Bot!

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.