Welcome to the Railroader's FRC Robotic's Team 5282 site. We are dedicated to the learning, raising awareness and raising interest of the high school students of Durand, MI in the areas of science, math, technology, engineering and design.

Our team started with a grant from CASM and donations and support from local community members and businesses near Durand and Shiawassee county in the 2013/2014 school year. Scroll down or use the buttons at the side to meet our members, mentors, and sponsors for the 2014/2015 school year.

The Youth Team Member Registration (formerly known as Student Team Information Member System) is now open! Team members and their parent/guardians can now login to apply to the team (5282) and complete the electronic Consent and Release form as soon as possible. Returning users may login using their existing credentials; new student users may create an account by clicking on the “new youth user” button on the login page: https://my.usfirst.org/stims/Login.aspx. Detailed information regarding the process is available here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/team-member- registration-process-overview.

About Team 5282 - The Railroaders

2015 is our second school year in the (FRC)FIRST Robotics Competition.
We have 23 student members, 6 mentors, and a very supportive parent group this year.
We have worked our way through our first competition season earning a highest seeded rookie award and ranking number 76th out of 277 teams in the state of Michigan. More important than our rank is our team philosophy following the FIRST Robotics Organization of Gracious Professionalism.
All of our mentors are planning on returning for this season and we are always welcoming more help.

Team Members for 2015 season

Here are our team members.

Jason - Team Captain/ Second Year

Brenden - Builder/ Second Year

Jon - Team Safety Leader/ Second Year

Levi - Lead Designer/ Second Year

Chris - First Year

Jakob - First Year

Austin - First Year

Rui - First Year

Brittany - Public Relations Leader/ Second Year

Dana - Lead Photographer/ Second Year

Ashley - First Year

Sada - First Year

Paige - First Year

Katie - First Year

Jordan - Lead Programmer/ Second Year

Andy - Lead Builder/ Second Year

August - Lead Bumper Expert/ Second Year

Alex - First Year

Justin - First Year

Ryan - First Year

Josh - First Year

Patrick - First Year

Mentors for 2015 season

These individuals have provided their professional experience to guide the student members while constructing our robot.

Justin Shankster - Head Mentor/ Art Teacher/ Second Year

Rebecca Shankster - Head Mentor/ Science Teacher/ Math Teacher/ Second Year

Katie Shankster - Mentor/ Mechanical Engineer/ Second Year (GM)

John LaRose - Mentor/ Industrial Engineer (GM)/ Second Year

Brian Taylor - Mentor/Parent/ Piano Technician/ Second Year

Lee Reed - Mentor/ Aeronautics Electrical Technician/Parent/ Second Year

Community Partners for 2015 season

The success of our team could not be possible without the help and support of the following community partners in the 2015 year.

XYZ Landscape Supply
(989) 288-4600 Durand, MI

Bowdens Body Shop
(866) 551-0909 Lennon, MI

A&R Portraits
989-288-3630 Durand, MI

Papa Joes Pizza
(989) 288-3371 Durand, MI

Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Ace Hardware
(989) 288-3153 Durand, MI

Riverside Market
(989) 288-3382 Durand, MI

(989) 720-5465 Durand, MI

Production Services Management Inc.
(734) 295-9030 Saline, MI

Self Serve Lumber
(989) 288-4171 Durand, MI

Bart Harris - State Farm
(989) 288-4328 Durand, MI


Justin Shankster, Lead Mentor
Durand High School/
(810) 347-3125