I AM Robot - IAM's robotics team is "the varsity sport for the mind" as described by the  FIRST Robotics Competition. Students need to adhere to the rules of the competition with limited rescources to fundraise, brand, design, build, and work together as a team to create a robot that competes against others from area high schools in field competitions. Being on the team promotes:

  • Learning engineering from professionals
  • Building and competing with robots
  • Learning and using sophisticated software and hardware
  • Competing and collaboration in alliances and tournaments
  • Building interpersonal skills

Meeting Schedule

In the Fall, the team (or smaller groups) meet nearly every week, on Monday's from 2:35-3:45 or longer if needed.

Build season begins in January.  There are no team meetings during that time.  The build schedule will be Monday - Thursday 5:30-8:30, and Saturday 9-2.  We will be building at the school again this season.

Saturday 1/7/17          9:30-5                    MISD - Mandatory attendance for kickoff

Fundraising/Corporate Sponsorship

A successful season requires approximately $20,000.  Therefore, we will have several fundraisers throughout the year.  They include the list below, but please feel free to contact us with other ideas,

Fall - cookie dough

Sunday 1/15/17            1 pm                     Bowling fundraiser at Alley 59

Early 2017 - water bottles, fan shirts, morley candy

April 2017 - flowers

We also accept monetary donations from families, friends, and companies.  Checks should be written to the International Academy of Macomb and sent to Mr. Swanson.

Additional Information

Students interested in joining the team should contact Mr. Swanson ( or Dr. Zryd (


Links and Documents

External LinkFirst Robotics