Team 573 is composed of students from both Brother Rice and Marian High Schools. The two schools share a foundation of ideals based on promoting strong personal values and academic achievement. As much a family as a team, the Mech Warriors unite students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to create a warm, welcoming environment.
With the jobs forecast for the future focusing more and more on computers, design, and technical skills, the Mech Warriors are giving our students a head start. The team’s support staff and mentors are made up of engineers, doctors, teachers, and IT professionals. They not only give the team help in building the robot, but also assistance with college applications, courses of study, and career opportunities. They are the Warrior Difference.
Brother Rice High School has supported the Mech Warriors by providing them with a dedicated space on campus. Brother Rice and Marian use a “point system” towards earning a Varsity Letter for those who participate actively with the Robotics team. Students earn 2 points for each FIRST season, and 1 point for each OCCRA season. A total of 4 points is required to earn a Varsity Letter.
In recognition of the team’s success, both schools also received a day off for winning the 2007 Michigan State Championship (previously the Great Lakes Regional), an honor typically reserved for State Championship athletic teams.
The winter Robotics season is in participation with the international robotics organization FIRST. FIRST is an acronym which stands for the motto: For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Their mission is to inspire teams world-wide to learn the engineering, innovation, and teamwork necessary to build a robot capable of competing in FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). FIRST has grown to include over 3000 teams internationally.
Benefits to FIRST participation include:
The mission of FRC Team 573 is to continue the work of FIRST as well as the mission of both Brother Rice and Marian High Schools. The team strives to develop leaders intellectually, spiritually, culturally, and physically in a character-building environment. They build on the already strong academic curriculums of Brother Rice and Marian to promote and inspire education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The team strives to develop skills that will be beneficial to the team members in their future.
The Mech Warriors were founded in 2001 by Brother Rice High School teachers Ken Kandt and Michael Hoch. The team started out strong and was a fierce contender at multiple competitions. FRC Team 573 was good enough in their rookie year to earn the Rookie All-Star award at the West Michigan Regional. The Mech Warriors joined OCCRA (Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association) in the fall of 2002. The team started out with a bang and won a slew of awards in their OCCRA rookie year.
In 2003, the Brother Rice Mech Warriors opened the team to Marian, Brother Rice’s sister school. To recognize the girls’ role on the team, 573 incorporated the girls’ school uniform, skirts, into the team uniform. Ever since, the team has had a tradition of wearing plaid skirts and ‘skirting’ their alliance partners’ drive teams in elimination matches.
In 2004, the team lost its funding from its two corporate sponsors, Iroquois Industries and Delta Tooling. Team 1, The Juggernauts, welcomed the Mech Warriors for the year. In 2005, FRC Team 573 gained sponsorship from the Chrysler Foundation and Joe Kalczynski took over as head coach as well.
One of the team’s shining moments was in 2007, when the Mech Warriors won the Great Lakes Regional while partnered up with teams 503 and 1015, giving them their first Blue Banner.
In 2010, Team 573 achieved another shining moment when they won another blue banner at the Ann Arbor District event in Michigan. At the end of qualification matches, we were ranked third and picked teams 66 and 2337.
in 2011 and 2012, we added more mentors, and more outreach. We began a relationship with the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and with the Children’s Hospital at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. In cooperation with these two well-respected institutions, we are bringing the FIRST message to families and children throughout the southeastern Michigan area.
Awards & Milestones
2001 Rookie year