FIRST Robotics Competition – Grades 9-12


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That ONE Team is excited to start their 9th season playing FIRST Robotics Competition, RAPID REACT! Starting in January, we will be deploying a trusty droid to address today’s global challenges by re-imagining faster, more reliable, inclusive, and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world. Interested in sustainable transportation? Visit to learn more!!

The RAPID REACT game will have two alliances, each made up of three random teams, working together to deliver cargo (balls) to a central hub. The cargo can be delivered on two different levels, with a higher level giving more points, and can be delivered by the robots or by a human player. Accuracy and a clearly developed plan will help get as much cargo to the hub as possible, and then the teams will want to make sure to take their robots to their hanger for a final climb to get even more points.

Come cheer us on as we rise to the challenge to show we can react faster with a reliable robot to deliver on this year’s game!

2021-2022 season, FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm

We started our 2022 season (RAPID REACT) at the Gull Lake tournament. Which turned out fantastic, from making it to finals, winning awards, having scares, and overall the most fun imaginable. We started our kickoff by strategizing and prototyping our robot, from our teeter-totter climber to our dual catapult cargo shooter, which led us strongly and confidently to finals alongside our drive team. 

Our programmers work hard too! They have been working with our autonomous and color sensors which later led our team to win the Innovation in Control Award. Not to mention our business team, who designs every fine detail to our websites and partake in presentations. This allows us to make robots and have the excellent space we have today. We are all excited to compete in our Kentwood tournament and go out with vigor! We also all want to thank our sponsors, parents, and mentors that have all helped us continue to grow and get where we are today.

Our 2022 Kentwood tournament was an exciting blowout with its own ups and downs! From having our climber break down, cheering battles, making it into the playoffs, and winning the most prestigious award known as The Chairman’s Award. We want to thank our business team for putting all the necessary criteria together in order to accomplish our goal. The Chairman’s Award allows our team to pass straight to states which made us double qualified. We are all ecstatic to be participating in the FIRST Michigan State Campionship and know we will go out with a blast!



THAT ONE TEAM is a community-based high school robotics team located in NE Grand Rapids, MI.

That ONE Team is now in our 9th year of FRC. We started as LEGO® in Paradise in 2006 as a FIRST® LEGO® League team, and were successful right from the beginning – we won tournaments and had an impact in our community by starting other FLL teams. Those teams led to the creation of Paradise Teams, the organization that sponsors That ONE Team. We retired from FLL in 2013 after attending the World Festival with two different teams in the two preceding years. However, in 2013 while attending the FIRST® Championship as spectators, we decided that we needed to start an FRC team. Since we had some experienced FIRST® members and there were no other FRC teams in our area, it was a good fit.

And thus, Team 4967 was born, created to produce Our Next Engineers.


The Ultimate Sport for the Mind

We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

Under strict rules, limited time, and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team to success. each season end with an exciting world championship where 450 teams will be competing to win the world title.

FIRST also provided over 80 million in scholarships in 2021 to students who took part in the program.

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