In 2017, Team 85 participated in the FIRST Steamworks, an extremely hands-on game featuring the first ever in-game human player, the pilot. Robots gathered wiffle-ball like “fuel” and launched it into boilers, creating steam to power the airship. Gears were placed onto hooks and hoisted into the airship, used to repair the broken machine. Team 85 were runners-up at the St Joseph regional competition, and came in eleventh at the West Michigan District competition, as well as winning the Judges’ award. Team 85 ranked 22nd at the State competition, winning our division. Our final stop was in St Louis, Missouri, for the Worlds Championship. We finished our season in 44th place out of 75 teams in our division at worlds, kicked out of the competition in our divisional quarterfinals. Overall, Team 85 enjoyed a successful and busy season.
In 2016, Team 85 played FIRST Stronghold, a game that involves a field of interchangeable defenses, that opposing teams have to defeat to gain access to the enemy tower. Teams could weaken the tower by shooting boulders into either the high or low goal. We went to the Lake View District event where won the district event, and the Engineering Inspiration award. In addition Team 85 went to the GVSU District competition, were we came in second place and won the Chairman's award! Onward to the FIM State Competition Team 85 gave it our all, but didn't make it past the octo-finals. Lastly we ventured out to St. Louis for World Championship were we ended our season as semi-finalist in the Carver Divison!
2015: (BOB's 20th Anniversary)
In 2015, Team 85 played Recycle Rush, a game that involves picking up and stacking totes on scoring platforms, putting pool noodles inside of recycling containers, and putting the containers on the stacks of totes. We went to the East Kentwood FIRST Robotics District Competition, the GVSU West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Michigan FIRST Robotics State Competition, and FIRST Robotics National Competition also winning the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola.
In 2014, FIRST announced Aerial Assist, a game where points were attained by getting exercise balls to the far end of the field. Team 85 made its way to the St. Joseph District Competition and the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition.
In 2013, Team 85 went to the Bedford FIRST Robotics District Competition and won the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox. We also went to the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition and the Gull Lake FIRST Robotics District Competition while playing Ultimate Ascent, a game similar to disc golf.
During the 2012 season, FIRST played Rebound Rumble, a game similar to basketball where points were scored by shooting balls in to hoops and balancing bridges. We won the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler and the Gull Lake FIRST Robotics District Competition, also getting the Regional Chairman's Award.
Logo Motion which was unveiled in 2011, featured game pieces that resembled the components of the FIRST logo. Robots would place the pieces on racks to gain points and in the endgame, smaller robots could be deployed to climb a tower. Team 85 competed in the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition, and the Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition State Championship.
2010: (BOB's 15th Anniversary)
During the 2010 season, we participated in Breakaway, a game where robots directed soccer balls into goals in the field, suspended themselves and each other on towers, and went through a tunnel in the center of the field. Team 85 made it to the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition, winning the Regional Chairman's Award, and finally the Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition State Championship.
In 2009, Team 85 went to the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Michigan FIRST Robotics Competition State Championship, and eventually the FIRST Championship where we competed in Lunacy, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon.
In 2008, Team 85 played FIRST Overdrive which featured completing counterclockwise laps around a central circle while controlling "Trackballs" over and under obstacles to score additional points. We made it to the FIRST Championship from the St. Louis Regional and the West Michigan Regional.
In 2007, Team 85 made it to the Championship also winning the Boilermaker Regional General Motors Industrial Design Award and the West Michigan Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, playing Rack n' Roll.
Triple Play, FIRST's game in 2005, which put the spotlight on 'three robots per alliance', set the stage on a field shaped like a Tic-Tac-Toe board featuring 9 large goals where game pieces called "Tetras" were scored. During the 2005 season, Team 85 made its way to the Great Lakes Regional, and the Championship Event also getting the West Michigan Regional Xerox Creativity Award. During the 2006 season, which starred Aim High, Team 85 went to the Boilermaker Regional winning the Judges' Award. We were also the Regional Winner getting the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award and went to the Championship Event.
2005: (BOB's 10th Anniversary)
Triple Play, FIRST's game in 2005, which put the spotlight on 'three robots per alliance', set the stage on a field shaped like a Tic-Tac-Toe board featuring 9 large goals where game pieces called "Tetras" were scored. During the 2005 season, Team 85 made its way to the Great Lakes Regional, and the Championship Event also getting the West Michigan Regional Xerox Creativity Award.
During the 2004 season, featuring FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar, which highlighted mobile goals, and "capping" goals with large inflatable balls, among other characteristics, Team 85 went to the Great Lakes Regional and Midwest Regional also winning the West Michigan Regional Judges' Award.
During the 2003 season, Team 85 made it to the FIRST National Championship and won the General Motors Industrial Design Award and they were Regional Finalists. The 2003 game was Stack Attack where teams worked to stack plastic storage containers on their side of the playing field.
In 2002, Team 85 made it to the FIRST World Championship and we won the Western Michigan Regional Engineering Inspiration Award. That year's game was Zone Zeal and each 2 minute match begins with the field being broken into 5 parts. Robots try to get balls from parts of the field and score them in their goal for points.
During the 2001 season, Team 85 made it to the finals of the FIRST National Champions and won the West Michigan Regional judges Award and won the regional. The 2001 game was Diabolical Dynamics and teams scored points by placing balls into goals.
In 2000, Team 85 made it to the Regional Finals and won the Great Lakes Regional Divisional Award. The 2000 game called Co-operation FIRST feature 4 teams trying to score points by placing balls in their goal and trying to position themselves properly before the time runs out.
In the 1998 season we made it to the FIRST National Championship and won the Great Lakes Regional Award for outstanding defense. The 1998 competition game was Ladder Logic in which three robots with assistance from the human player scored goals by placing balls onto the side goals or into the central goal.
Inception of Team 85, with the initial beginning of planning to create a FIRST team.