FOUNDED IN 1998 & STILL GOING STRONG
FIRST Team 68 was founded in 1998 by Tom Stephans, former Global Chief Technology Officer of General Motors. Initially known as Truck Town Terror, the team began with 20 members from schools across Oakland County and was housed at a General Motors facility in Pontiac, Michigan. At that time, there were seven mentors, all of whom were either GM employees or parents of team members.
Today, the team consists of 35 student members and a total of 19 mentors. Team members are comprised of students at Brandon and Holly High Schools and a few home schooled. Mentors now include GM engineers, parents, college students, alumni, and partner representatives. Nine of these mentors are considered ‘advisory mentors’ because they are responsible for creating and enforcing rules and regulations, team policies, and are also responsible for the overall team organization.
Changes since inception include a name change to Truck Town Thunder (T3) in 2001 and relocation from Pontiac to Brandon High School in 2009, which remains our current home.