Author: Cassie Johnson
For the past eleven years Team 247, out of Berkley Michigan, has been an award winning FIRST Robotic team. Students from Berkley High School and Hazel Park High School combine to make Team 247 and compete in local, state and national competitions.
The objective of the FIRST Robotics team 247 is;
“to inspire students to achieve their full potential; to assist students in developing as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and involved citizens; and to help students become aware of career pathways and
educational outcomes through an engineering based curriculum.”
The team is lead by Coach Joel Bergeron, Assistant Coach Alan Binkow and Captain Zack Medow. Returning to team this year is six Seniors, eleven Juniors and eight Sophomores. Joining these 25 veteran members for the 2010-2011 competitive season are 21 new students.
Over the years Team 247 has developed many strong business relationships with various sponsors to build an even stronger team. Those sponsors include companies such as; Terminal Supply, Team Ford FIRST, Production Tool Supply, Dyadem and M&M Lawn Care. Along with the above mentioned sponsors, Team 247 works with sister teams to further develop their skills. The sister teams are organized by Team Ford FIRST and made up of 12 teams throughout the eastern side of the state. These teams are sponsored by the Ford Motor Company and work collaboratively to promote FIRST to schools throughout the state of Michigan. The teams also have a chance to work together in a “build space” at the Michigan Engineering Zone in Downtown Detroit donated to Team Ford FIRST by the University of Michigan.
Members participating in the FIRST program are able to explore different areas of interest by joining different “subteams” within the group. These areas include; Animation, Website Design, Mechanical, Electrical, CAD, Programming and Marketing. By joining different subteams students are able to further explore different career opportunities and find an area that they really enjoy.
There are nine awards that are given to competing FIRST teams. Awards include; The Chairmans Award, Woodie Flowers Award, Competition Award, Website Award, Engineering Inspiration Award, Cooperation Award, Entrepreneurship Award, Gracious Professionalism Award and the Judges Award.