History

The name "Alpha Omega Robotics" reflects our vision. We aim to be the birth place and inspiration of knowledge for all that walk through our doors, yet we hope that all who are affected by our organization return after their successful careers to give back the knowledge they've gained upon their journey. We hope to be the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end.

Team 470 is the child of General Motors sponsored Team 66 (The Flyers) from Willow Run High School. In 1999 it was decided that enough Ypsilanti High School students were on Team 66 that a team should be started at Ypsilanti High School. Two 66 mentors, Greg Stefansky and Jennifer Lowenberg, found a sponsorship by the Visteon Corporation and we began meeting at their factory on the corner of South Grove Rd. and Spring St. in a converted women's shower room. Our team came to life and we churned out our first robot affectionately named "Tobor" that spring.

Over the next few years Team 470 won many awards and even made an appearance at the National Championship in 2000 and 2003, but in 2005 as the Automotive Industry in South-East Michigan declined, Visteon could no longer afford to sponsor us.  Never ones to give up, our team packed up our meeting space and our machine shop and set out on the three mile trek across town to the our new home at Ypsilanti High School.

We spent the next four years without a corporate sponsor.  Our team was largely family- and mentor-funded, and on the edge of collapse when Dave Verbrugge and General Motors reached out to us and began sponsoring us in 2010.

A decade after the team began we had climbed the mountains, crossed the valleys, and had come out stronger. We began a new era in 2011, an era with continued pursuit of our vision, yet a new-found motivation and backing.

 

Awards

2014

  • Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • Judges’ Award

2012

  • Judges’ Award

2007

  • J&J Sportmanship

 

 

2004

  • Engineering Inspiration Award

2003

  • Engineering Inspiration
  • Leadership in controls Award

 2002

  • Xerox Creativity Award

Past Robots

2015

Robot:

Game: Recycle Rush

 

2014

Robot:

Game: Aerial Assist

2013

Robot:

Game: Ultimate Ascent

2012

Robot: N.E.M.O

Game:Rebound Rumble 

2011

Robot: Spartacus

Game: Logo Motion 

2010

Robot: Pink Ranger

Game: Breakaway

2009

Robot: Capin' Boreface

Game: Lunacy

2008

Robot: Full Throttle

Game: FIRST Overdrive

2007

Robot: The Monster 

Game: Rack 'n' Roll

2006

Robot: Deep Thought

Game: Aim High

2005

Robot: Gladiator X

Game: Triple Play

2004

Robot: F.R.E.D

Game: Raising the Bar

2003

Robot: Sieger

Game: Stack Attack

2002

Robot: The Beast

Game: Zone Zeal

2001

Robot: Tobor II

Game: Diabolical Dynamics

2000

Robot: Tobor I

Game: Co- Opertition FIRST