Hartland Robotics was founded in 2008 by Coach Matt Bednarski. The first team he created was the Hot Rod Robots, a FIRST Lego League team of elementary age students. In 2010 he started the first high school team, the Electro Eagles, team 3536. In 2011, Coach Matt built a brand new team at the middle school level, the Steel Eagles, team 5290. Within a year, the number of students interested in robotics grew, allowing him to form an additional team at the middle school, the Sonic Eagles, team 5957.
In 2013 a new rookie FIRST Lego League team, The Rising Eagles, team 1807, was founded by coaches Steve Majors and Brian Prokuda. The Rising Eagles competed for 3 years and in their final year they were the only FIRST Lego League team in Michigan that advanced to the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, MO.
Team 3536, the Electro Eagles, have also had the chance to compete at the World Championship three times (THIS NUMBER NEEDS UPDATED) and has won ??? Blue Banners. The Sonic Eagles, team 5957, advanced to the Super Regionals in 2017, the qualifying stage for the World Championships. In 2021, the Steel Eagles, team 5290, earned Hartland Robotics their first Orange Banner by winning first place Inspire Award at the Michigan State Championship - Battle Creek which allowed them to progress to the World Championship in Houston, TX.
Timeline showing when each team was founded (color coded by age)
Hartland Robotics would like to highlight the following teams for their successful seasons. The teams listed below have either won awards at their State Championship events, made an appearance at a World Championship or received a Global Innovation Award nomination.
FRC Blue Banners, World Appearances, States Awards
FTC Orange Banner, World Appearances, States Awards
FLL-C World Appearances, States Awards, GIA Nomination