About Team 4961

Inspired. Creative. Dedicated.

Team 4961, named Shock and Awe-Sum, joined the FIRST Robotics Competition in the 2014 season. The members of Team 4961 are Almont High School Students interested in STEM careers and the betterment of their futures. Not only do we build robots to compete in the tournaments, we also spread the ideals of FIRST throughout the school and community here in Almont, Michigan. We always focus on showing gracious professionalism and ensuring safety both at competitions and at build sessions. Being spirited is part of our nature, and we look forward to the next few years and see how we can improve our performance both on the playing field and in the community.

Our Coaches

Team #4961 is coached by Jason Weaver and David Staley. Jason Weaver teaches chemistry, AP physics, and science classes for Almont High School with degrees from Grand Valley State University and Wayne State University. David Staley has worked at Ford for 22 years as a millwright/team leader and has been a paramedic/firefighter for 20 years, currently working with the Almont Fire Dept. Both coaches are fully devoted to making the Almont Robotics program a success.

Student Team Members

Shock and Awe-sum is proud to be a team that continues to grow significantly as part of the FIRST Robotics program. Our team consists of students in grades 9-12 and from a variety of interests and talents. Robotics is more than building a robot and each season our student members are gaining invaluable experiences in teamwork, leadership, and cooperation. They are also enjoying new opportunities to learn about business, media, website design, and fundraising as well as CAD design, programming, construction, fabricating, and electrical and mechanical engineering concepts in a safe, hands-on environment.

Mentors and Parent Volunteers

Team #4961 mentors and parent volunteers are extremely valuable to our success! Each of these talented adults give countless hours during their already busy schedules to provide the team with support through skill training, supervision, instruction, guidance and even nutrition to keep the team going strong. Mentors and parent volunteers for Almont Robotics include engineers, machinists, a blacksmith, teachers, and business professionals. We are so grateful for their time and dedication to giving our student members invaluable skills for their future success!

Alumni Volunteers

While some of the students who were members in the program have graduated and moved on to college, we continue to receive and appreciate their support. We hope to continue to expand our alumni participation through mentorship and watch them inspire current student team members as they continue their careers in college and beyond. It's exciting for the students to have positive, young role models and to benefit from their experience and new ideas.

What is the FIRST Robotics Competition?

The FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC for short, was started in 1992 and is a battle of the bots... without all the flying parts, of course. FIRST releases the game and parameters of the build at the beginning of each year, along with the base kit for the robot. Teams will then design, build, and program the robot in the six weeks that follow. Teams from around the world compete in tournaments with the goal of going to the worldwide event. It is truly something amazing, but in this sport/organization, everyone is a winner, and everyone can use FIRST to become a professional. Designers, builders, programmers, planners, and marketing people can all go on into the field of their choice while having the major support of the FIRST organization and the teams of FIRST.

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FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect - of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.

Dean Kamen - Founder of FIRST

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Team 4961, named Shock and Awe-Sum, joined the FIRST Robotics Competition in the 2014 season. The members of Team...
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