The Walled Lake High School Robotics Team
Since inception in 1999 the Monsters, also known as , have worked to develop a reputation as an innovative competitor. During our tenure the designs and fabrication techniques of "The Monsters" and Students have earned the team numerous for quality and engineering excellence. The Monsters have qualified to compete at the State and National level.
Based out of Walled Lake Western High School, Team 308 has well-established facilities for fabrication and testing. Team members have free access to design software, lab space for robot fabrication, and a practice field. Under the guidance of Mentors, students have the opportunity to fabricate robots using precision machinery such as mills, lathes and brake presses. Many of which have been donated to the Team by our .
Whenever possible Mentors and students will partner with our sponsors to fabricate key components and assemblies, giving students a chance to experience working in the real world. We are entirely self-funded. Building a good team, like building a good robot, requires planning, promoting, and resources. Our students work year-round to contact businesses to make our 'pitch' for support.
In 2012 the Students and Mentors joined the Oakland County Robotics Association also known as effectively adding a fall season to the Team schedule. Walled Lake Schools previously had a team that thrived in the early years but it was not able to keep operating and dropped out of the competition. A unique opportunity for Oakland County high schools, the OCCRA program provides all the fun and excitement of the USFirst Competition at a greatly reduced cost. In the three years recently competing in OCCRA, we have advanced from a rookie team to the top-seeded team in the County for the 2014 season. 2014 also saw the addition of a second OCCRA team based out of Walled Lake Western High School.
Middle and Grade Schools: During our time as a team we have recognized that our most important assets are our Students and Mentors. To increase awareness of our team and goals we have begun advising WLCSD Middle Schools to provide support for their VEX teams. Middle school robotics clubs participating in or competitions are key to developing and recruiting students for the High School Team.
The Monsters host their annual robotic camp in the summer for 6-9th graders. The camp introduces students to the excitement of competitive robotics and is mentored by students from the high school team. This is a great way to make friends/contacts for any students interested in joining Team 308.