See Our Practices & Guides below and be sure to check out all of our sponsors!



Hatfield Engineering & Design


Michigan Department of Education

Spout Analytics

RHK Technology

Red Wings

REV Robotics

Our Practices & Guides

We run our team, the FTC 11717 Circuit Breakers, through Discord meetings and in-person (with the proper precautions). So, our team has gone since 2016, and since then, we have picked up new mentors, new students, and better robots as we’ve gone on. Some changes we have made to our team during the COVID-19 pandemic are switching to Discord to integrate meetings and chat, and then we added some precautions and moved our robot shop to make sure building the robot is safe for all. For sponsors, we made a list of companies we would be interested in having sponsor us, and then we called them and asked them about sponsorship for our team, and depending on what they told us, we either marked them down as sponsoring us, likely to sponsor us, contact again, and most likely will not sponsor us. This allowed us to find some good, local companies, and build some good relationships with these companies. We think that using this spreadsheet method is very helpful in some cases, and we hope it can find teams who don’t already do this some success. We have also done some finance stuff that we may share to help out other teams in the future, and you can always check back at our website for more news and possible updates.

How to sponsor us

Sponsor contributions to the Circuit Breakers are managed through The HIVE Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Each sponsor will receive a receipt from HIVE for tax purposes. Checks should be made payable to “HIVE Foundation” with “Circuit Breakers” in the memo line and mailed to

HIVE Foundation, Hands­On Incubator For Vocational & Emerging Engineers
Attn: Circuit Breakers 11717
Address: 332 Hauxwell Dr, Lake Orion, MI 48362
Telephone Number: 248-881-3310

Stephen Hatfield

Nithin Yeruva