Yesterday, 1/13/16, The robotics team went on a trip to the Heartland Machine & Engineering plant, down in Mason Michigan. On the tour we were guided by Dave Pachulski, who showed us the plant, First starting off with the three main men that make this plant work. then showing us the elaborate machines that make steering columns, and perfect them to the T. When we returned back to the break room, we found a magnificent lunch of… and pop! After our lunch we sat down and talked about our team and future careers and opportunities in the field of engineering.

Special thanks to Mr.McGee for the original recommendation for the trip!Mason trip

date14 Jan

You can make a BIG difference for our high school robotics team: FRC Team #5316!
What is FIRST? What is FRC?

FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Each year, teams of high school students compete to build robots weighing up to 120 pounds (54 kg), not including battery and bumpers, that can complete a task, which changes every year. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and encouraged to buy or make specialized parts as long as they conform to FIRST safety rules. Game details are revealed at the beginning of January and the teams are given six weeks to construct a competitive robot, that can operate autonomously as well as when guided by wireless controls, to accomplish the game’s tasks. Awards are given for competition as well as for outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments. Team 5316 is an independent team based in Ionia County Michigan. A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
Please consider sponsoring our team!
Team 5316 needs your help…it costs a lot to run a robot team, buy robot parts and register for events! Help us do the very best job we can to represent our city and state at the FIRST World Championship!
For more details on how to sponsor our team and what our team will do for you, please visit the sponsor page of our facebook page:


Degrees of Sponsorship:
Any amount and/or in–‐kind donation is most appreciated! All sponsors are invited to our Annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner in May. A partnership with FIRST Team 5316 provides many opportunities to a business from helping with the company’s community awareness to raising future employees.
$3,000 or more gift – We’ll post your company name on the robot, in the program handbook, in the Pit area, at community presentations, and bring the robot to a company picnic/event. (Please let team know of your pledge by 2/1/16 to meet print deadline date for the competition program book)
$1,000 gift – We’ll post your company name on a part of the robot, in the Pit area and at community presentations and company name on our competition program book.
$500 gift – We’ll put your company name on our competition program book.
Sponsorship Information:
Checks should be made payable to: Robotics Team 5316 (a non-profit 501(c)3 organization).
Mailing Address:
Robotics Team 5316
P.O. Box 502
Saranac, MI 48881
Sponsorship Information
Robotics Team 5316
P.O. Box 502, Saranac, MI 48881
Team Contact Email:
Business Name: ______________________________________________________________________
Contact Person: ______________________________________________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________
City: ________________________ State: ________________ Zip Code: ______________________
Phone: (________) _________________ Email: _________________________________________
Business Website: ____________________________________________________________________
(Please print or type so that we can accurately include your information)
Please make checks payable to: Robotics Team 5316.
Federal EIN: (Correct Number for Sponsors to receive tax write off, if possible)
Give checks to your student contact, or mail to: P.O. Box 502, Saranac MI 48881
Thank you for your support!
Student Contact: _________________________________________________
Amount Donated: $_____________ Check #________Cash_________
Material Donation:
Fair Market Value: ____________
Your generosity is truly appreciated and will be put to great use!

date31 Dec

Your donations are tax deductible to Robotics Team 5316.

Send your donation and request your copy of the IRS Letter.

date27 Dec

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We will not have a team meeting this week.

date26 Nov

Testing Facebook Photo Gallery here: [fbphotos id=]

date15 Apr

The team will meet Wednesday’s till the end of the school year to learn ways we can work better together and do some much needed fundraising. If you would like to help send us an email.


date15 Apr

IMAG0243Our Rookie team builds the base with electronics.



date5 Jan

Welcome to Team 5316 – Saranac FRC – One of the last Rookie teams for the state of Michigan joins the ranks of competition.


date22 Dec