Did you know that PCA has a very advanced high school robotics team? Were you aware that throughout the months of January & February each year, they are tirelessly working almost every evening at their team’s lab in downtown Plymouth?
In case you weren’t aware, we’d like to introduce you to Team 4405 – The Atoms Family, PCA’s FIRST Robotics Team. This team consists of students in grades 9-12 and has consistency grown since its introduction several years ago. In addition to their growth in numbers, the team has also grown in their skills, knowledge, and abilities. We compete through FIRST Robotics, which is a worldwide organization that centers around two core values: “Gracious Professionalism” & “Coopertition”. Through “coopertition”, teams compete and cooperate at the same time. Over the past few years, PCA’s Atoms Family Team 4405 has worked with the Plymouth Canton Lightning Robotics Team 862, the Livonia Warriors Team 2832, the Bedford High School Express Team 1023, and the Northville High School Robostangs Team 548.
The following description, taken from the FIRST website, best describes FIRST and the process through which all teams build and program their robot for the competitions that take place in the spring of each year. “Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it ‘the hardest fun you’ll ever have.’ Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team ‘brand,’ hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.”
At PCA, we are committed to STEM education, beginning with the introduction of elementary STEM lab in kindergarten, coding and robotics that begin in the 2nd grade, elementary & middle school Lego robotics teams, and FIRST at the high school level. We are passionate about providing these opportunities for our students and grateful to be located in a state that produces the largest number of robotics teams in the nation. According to the Detroit News in April 2018, “With 15,240 students on 508 teams, Michigan has the most high school robotics teams in the nation.”
In addition to following them on social media, they would love to have you cheer them on in person at the 2019 competitions.
FIM District Belleville Event
March 7-9, 2019
Belleville High School
501 W. Columbia Ave, Belleville, MI 48111
FIM District Center Line Event
March 14-16, 2019
Center Line High School
26300 Arsenal Street, Center Line, MI 48015
FIM District Troy Event
March 28-30, 2019
This event occurs during senior and sophomore class trips and serves as a practice event for the team. Scores at a third event do not count toward ranking points for the championship.
Troy Athens High School
4333 John R. Road, Troy, MI 48085
If we meet qualifications, we will advance to the next two events:
FIRST in Michigan, State Championship
April 10-13, 2019
Saginaw Valley State University
Ryder Center, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48604
FIRST Championship Detroit
April 24-27, 2019
1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
The Atoms Family Team 4405 wants to express their deep appreciation to the following list of sponsors who make it possible for this team to compete on the world stage!
Plymouth Christian Academy
Ford Motor Company
Forest Computer Solutions
Michigan Department of Education
Joe’s Deli and Catering
We hope to see you in the stands at an upcoming competition to see for yourself how PCA robotics is truly making a difference in the lives of our students!