2023's game was called Charged Up. Teams were tasked with designing robots capable of acquiring cubic or conical game pieces, which were then placed on a grid at the near end of the field. They could also balance any or all of their alliance's robots on a tiltable charging station. Team 85 ranked 6th at the Calvin District Event, winning the District Championship Dean's List Semi-Finalist award. At West Michigan, we placed 16th overall, earning the District Engineering Inspiration Award. At the State Championship, B.O.B. finished 15th in the Ford Division, where we took home the Excellence in Engineering Award. Lastly, we qualified for the World Championship in Houston, Texas. We competed in the Johnson Division and we finished in 26th place.
In 2022, the game was Rapid React. Robots were tasked to pick up cargo and score them into an upper or a lower hub. Robots could also attempt to hang from one of four rungs, each one higher than the last. Team 85 placed 4th at Gull Lake, winning the District Engineering Inspiration award. We also placed 3rd overall at the West Michigan District Competition, where we earned the Industrial Design award. At the Michigan State Championship, Team 85 finished in 18th place on the Consumers Energy field, earning the Gracious Professionalism and Dean’s List Finalist awards. Lastly, our team qualified for the FRC World Championship in Houston, Texas. We competed in the Turing Division, where we finished in 8th place.
In 2021, FIRST held at-home competitions, including robot challenges and design challenges. Team 85 participated in all three challenges, creating a new FRC game called Subterranean Showdown. They also competed in the innovation challenge, where they created a system for lap tracking at a local elementary school. Lastly, BOB partook in "Infinite Recharge at Home", where they competed in time trials and autonomous challenges. This was a challenging season for Team 85, but we were able to come through and continue building teamwork and technical skills.
In 2020, the game was Infinite Recharge, robots had to pick up power cells and deposit them into the upper and lower port. Robots also hung on a bar in the middle of the field for more points. Team 85 went to the St. Joseph District Competition where we placed 15 overall. Unfortunately, COVID-19 shut down the season before any other competitions could be held in Michigan.
In 2019, the game's theme was called Destination: Deep Space. The objective of the game was to place hatch panels on the cargo ship and two rockets after which teams could shoot cargo into the cargo ship and rockets to score more points. Team 85 placed 7th at the St. Joseph District Competition. Then 8th at the West Michigan District Competition. Team 85 then qualified for the Michigan State Championship where we took 10th place on the Dow Field. Finally, Team 85 competed at the Detroit World Championship where we ranked 11th in the Carson Division.
In 2018, Team 85 participated in FIRST Power Up, a game that involved picking up Power Cubes and placing them on various scales and switches. Robots would use the Power Cubes to tip the scales in their favor to gain points. Team 85 ranked 5th at the St. Joseph District Competition. At the West Michigan District Competition, Team 85 placed 1st in the qualifying matches and won the competition! Team 85 achieved 2nd place in the Ford Field Division at the Michigan State Champion. At the FIRST World Championship hosted in Detroit, Team 85 ranked 26th in the Tesla Field Division.
In 2017, the theme was FIRST Steamworks, an extremely hands-on game featuring the first ever in-game human player, the pilot. Robots gathered whiffle-ball-like “fuel” and launched it into boilers which powered the airship. Gears were placed onto hooks and hoisted into the airship, used to repair the broken machine. Team 85 was a runner-up at the St. Joseph regional competition, and came in eleventh at the West Michigan District competition, where we won the Judges’ Award. Team 85 went to the Michigan State Championships and won their field. Their final stop was in St Louis, Missouri, for the Worlds Championship.
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. Team 85 went to the Lakeview District event where we 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! We also made it to the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship and the St. Louis World Championship where we ended our season as semi-finalists in the Carver Division!
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. They went to the East Kentwood FIRST Robotics District Competition, the GVSU West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Competition, and FIRST Robotics National Competition while 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 into hoops and balancing bridges. Team 85 won the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler and the Gull Lake FIRST Robotics District Competition, also gaining 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 FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship.
During the 2010 season, Team 85 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 the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship.
In 2009, Team 85 went to the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition, the Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition, the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championship, and the FIRST Championship where they 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. Team 85 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 during the Rack n' Roll game.
During the 2006 season, which starred Aim High, Team 85 went to the Boilermaker Regional and won the Judges' Award. They were also the Regional Winner, gained the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, and went to the National Championships. This was also the same year that our beloved coach Steve Yasick died. We will always remember him and everything he did for our team.
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 where the West Michigan Regional Xerox Creativity Award was won.
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 and won 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 was a Regional Finalist. The 2003 game was Stack Attack, where teams worked to stack plastic storage containers on their alliances side of the playing field.
In 2002, Team 85 made it to the FIRST World Championship and won the Western Michigan Regional Engineering Inspiration Award. This year's game was Zone Zeal and each 2 minute match begins with the field being broken into 5 parts. Robots tried 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 Championship and won the West Michigan Regional Judges' Award. 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, featured four teams trying to score points by placing balls in their goal and trying to position themselves properly before the time runs out.
During the 1999 season, Team 85 made it to the FIRST National Championship and won the Motorola Midwest Regional Judges Award. The 1999 season featured a game called Double Trouble where teams tried to position "floppies" robots and the "puck" on the field to earn points for their team.
In the 1998 season, Team 85 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.
In the 1997 season, Team 85 made it to the FIRST National Championship. The game was called Toroid Terror which featured three robots trying to place inner tubes onto pegs in the goal or around the top of the goal. The tubes were color coded to identify team ownership.