Hexagon Havoc: 33’s Rookie Season! Robots and human players tried to score on a central goal. Robots corralled the balls to score while human players scored while seated in the player station.

Robot Name: Da Bot 1996


Torrid Terror: Robots and human players placed inner tubes onto pegs in the goal or around the goal. Human players could hand tubes to the robots or score the tubes directly.

Robot Name: Stinger 1997


Ladder Logic: Robots and human players scored points by placing balls into goals the central goals or side goals on the perimeter of the field. Human players could hand balls to the robot or throw them directly at the goal.

Robot Name: Mugsy 1998


Double Trouble: Points are scored by positioning “floppies,” robots, and the “puck” on the playing field. Floppies are lightweight, pillow-like objects with Velcro-loop material located in the center and around the perimeter.

Robot Name: Buzz IV

Awards: Motorola Midwest Regional: Best Play of The Day 1999


Co-opertition FIRST: A game in which an alliance scored points by placing balls in their goal, and by positioning their robots in designated areas at the end of each match.

Robot Name: Buzz V

Awards: Philadelphia Alliance Regional: Finalist Philadelphia Alliance Regional: Most Photogenic Award Philadelphia Alliance Regional: Number One Seed Award West Michigan Regional: Finalist 2000


Diabolical Dynamics: A game that  involved scoring by placing balls in their goal, and by positioning their robots and goals in designated areas at the end of each match with bonus for balancing the bridge.

Robot Name: Buzz VI

Awards: West Michigan Regional: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award National Championship Archimedes Division: Number One Seed Award National Championship: Finalist National Championship: Archimedes Division Champion Great Lakes Regional: Winner West Michigan Regional: Winner West Michigan Regional: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award 2001-Copy-2


Zone Zeal: A field is broken up into 5 zones. Robots raced around the playing field trying to gather balls, place them into goals, place the goals in their scoring zone, and return their robot to their starting zone before the 2 minutes had elapsed.

Robot Name: Buzz VII

Awards: West Michigan Regional: Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award 2002


Stack Attack: A game in which robots collected and stacked plastic storage containers on their side of the playing field. The location of the robots and containers and the height of the stacks at the end of the match determined each team’s score.

Robot Name: Buzz VIII

Awards: Kettering Kick-off: Top Dog 2003


FIRST Frenzy: Raising the Bar was a game in which robots collected and passed balls to the human player to shoot them into fixed and moveable goals. Additionally, robots attempted to hang from a 10-foot bar.

Robot Name: Buzz IX

Awards: The Championship: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award NASA/VCU Regional: Winner Canadian Regional: Winner NASA/VCU Regional: Xerox Creativity Award Canadian Regional: General Motors Industrial Design Award Canadian Regional: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award Detroit Regional: Leadership in Control Award 2004


Triple Play: Played on a 27′ wide by 52′ long playing field with the 9 goals configured in 3 x 3 matrix, similar to tic-tac-toe. The robots attempted to place the red and blue game tetras in or on one or more of the nine goals to score points and “claim ownership” of the goals.

Robot Name: Buzz X

Awards: Championship: Imagery Award Championship: Curie Division Winner Detroit Regional:General Industrial Design Award West Michigan Regional: Finalist Detroit Regional: Finalist West Michigan Regional: Imagery Award 2005


Aim High: This game was played by robots launching balls into goals while human players entered the balls into play and scored by throwing/pushing balls into corner goals. An added endgame bonus involved climbing ramps.

Robot Name: Buzz XI

Awards: Championship: Imagery Award Championship: Archimedes Division Finalist Detroit Regional: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award West Michigan Regional: Imagery Award Great Lakes Regional: Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” Award 2006


Rack n’ Roll: Played by robots hanging inflated tubes on pegs on a matrix rack. The endgame bonus was earned by lifting another robot off of the floor in the end zone.

Robot Name: Buzz XII

Awards: Great Lakes Regional: Imagery Award Detroit Regional: Xerox Creativity Award Great Lakes Regional: DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award West Michigan Regional: Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award Kettering Kick-off: Top Dog Kettering Kick-off: Spirit of FIRST Award 2007


FIRST Overdrive: A game where robots raced around a track, knocking down trackballs and moving them around the track, passing them over or under an overpass. Placing balls back on the overpass earned an endgame bonus.

Robot Name: Buzz XIII

Awards: West Michigan Regional: Motorola Quality Award West Michigan Regional: Finalist Midwest Regional: Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award 2008


Lunacy: Robots that scored moon rocks in the trailer an opponent is hauling behind its robot, using human player or robot – played on slick surface to simulate moon’s gravity.

Robot Name: Buzz XIV

Awards: World Championship: Imagery Award in Honor of Jack Kamen Michigan State Championship: Chairman’s Award Winner Kettering University: District Chairman’s Award Winner 2009


Breakaway: Played by scoring soccer balls in one of two goals with the field separated into 3 zones by bumps the width of the field. Alliances could earn endgame bonus points for hanging robots on the overhead structure on the field.

Robot Name: Buzz XV

Awards: Championship: Division Finalist- Archimedes Championship: Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors Michigan State Competition: Regional Chairman’s Award Kettering District Competition: Industrial Design sponsored by General Motors 2010


Logomotion: Played by robots that hung innertubes on two 3×3 matrices in the shape of the FIRST logo. Before the teleoperated match, programmed robots could score yellow ubertubes to increase their score. In the endgame, small minibots raced up the pole to earn bonus points.

Robot Name: Buzz XVI

Awards: Michigan State Champions Kettering District Winners Kettering District Motorola Quality Award 2011


Rebound Rumble: The 2012 season gave the Killer Bees challenging mechanical obstacles and ultimately helped fabricate Buzz XVI. In our 17th season, we won the Kettering District and the Industrial Design Award at the FIRST World Championships. The team also earned the Troy District Chairman’s Award as well as the Chairman’s Award at the Michigan State Championship.

Robot Name: Buzz XVII

Awards:Championship: Industrial Design Award, Galileo Division First Seed, Regional Chairman’s Award, Kettering District Winners, Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox, District Chairman’s Award Design 2012 2012


Ultimate Ascent: The 2013 season was another successful year for the Killer Bees.  Many challenges were faced but overcome. The Bees took second at the world competition with Buzz XVIII. 

Robot Name: Buzz XVIII

Awards: Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation, Waterford District Winners, Grand Blanc District Winners, Quality Award sponsored by Motorola, Bedford Regional Winners, Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors, Championship Division Winners on Archimedes, Championship Finalists, Quality Award sponsored by Motorola

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Aerial Assist: In Aerial Assist red and blue balls were shot over a truss to score points. The 2014 Season was another successful year for the bees. Chairman’s was a major success along with competition season.

Robot Name: Buzz XIX

Awards: District Chairman’s Award, Southfield District Winners, Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi, Quality Award sponsored by Motorola, Troy District Winners, Regional Chairman’s Winners. Regional Winners, Archimedes Division Championship Finalists

Design  Binder: Design Binder 2014


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