OT robotics attended the James W. Hill school fair on May 27th to promote STEM in the community, help the school raise money, and promote our teams by showing off our robots.
On the weekend of April 7th - 9th our team competed at the McMaster University District Event. The mascot was out interacting with people, and there was excitement in the pits and on the field. At the end of qualification we were ranked 9th with a score of 8 wins and 4 losses. This ranking lead us to becoming an alliance captain for the 7th place alliance where we were able to pick other teams to join us in the elimination round. We put up a hard fight in the quarterfinals but lost in a third tie-breaking match. Mr. Woods was nominated for the prestigious Woodie Flowers Award, which is an award that recognizes mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills. One of our students, Aaron Leszkowitz was recognized as a Dean's List semi-finalist. Dean’s List is an award to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students. Both Mr. Woods and Aaron will move on to the District Championships where they can win these awards for all of Ontario .
On the weekend of March 24th - 26th our team competed at the Georgian College District Event. We had a great time meeting new people, making new friends, and having many laughs. We were ranked 24th after qualifications, with a score of 5 wins and 7 loses. We were chosen as the second pick on the 7th place alliance and were knocked out of quarterfinals in a tiebreaker after 4 well played matches. Our pit crew was working diligently to fix any problems with the bots that happened between matches, and our drive team was strategizing with our alliance partners before every match. Our media team was taking pictures and videos to document the entire trip and making posts and videos for our social medias. Our scouting team was hard at work scouting every bot for every match to help us decide alliance partners for the playoffs. It was a fun weekend full of competition, strategy, music, and dancing.
On February 21st we stayed in the shop until close to midnight doing final work on our robot. "NEMO" (Nicely Engineered Master of Offence) has been put in the bag, and will stay there until our first competition at Georgian College in Barrie. It has been a long 6 weeks of build season and everyone has put in a ton of hard work. We want to thank all our amazing sponsors for helping support and fund our team, parents for supplying dinners our committed mentors who love the robots just as much as we do, and all the hours our members have put in to make this possible. Extra special thanks to our lead mentor Mr.Woods. We wouldn't be anywhere without him and his "positive" humour. It was a season full of laughs, friends and fun and we are looking forward to our competition in 4 weeks.
On January 7th 2017 robotics teams across Halton go to Craig Kielburger Secondary School to learn about this year's FIRST Robotics Competition game. After the game reveal there was a session where each individual team meets to discuss strategy and how they to approach the game. Students arrived in Milton at Craig Kielburger Secondary School at 9am . On Sunday, was a brainstorming session at Maple Grove United Church from 12:30 - 6:oo PM to put together more ideas. See the calendar page for full details.
This year the OT Robotics teams are assisting the Oakville Firefighters with their 24th Annual Toy Drive. We went to the Downtown Oakville Fire Department on December 15th 2016. Everyone had a great time at the toy drive and we would like to give special thanks to the firefighters at the Oakville Fire Department! Click here to go to their Facebook.
On Saturday, November 19th our teams participated in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade for the fourth year! We all helped to decorate a beautiful float on the Friday night, and then drove it through Oakville Saturday morning, handing out candy canes. Everyone had lots of fun, and we look forward to doing it again next year! Special thanks go to our mentor, Chuck Woods.
This past Halloween our teams travelled to Rochester, New York. We are excited to say we have 40 people who went to this event! During the event we updated our social media as well as collected footage and pictures to use in a video that we will be posting during the next couple of weeks.
Rah Cha Cha Ruckus is geared towards training our rookies and is a great opportunity for new members. We always highly recommend that new members to attend as they are able to to get a feel for what competitions are like, get hands-on experience, and see how each sub team functions. Click here to see some photos of our team members at Rah Cha Cha Ruckus.
2016/17 FIRST Game Reveal
Season starts January 2017
Come on down to the Ex! The CNE opened Friday, August 20th, and our booth was running on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our team was located in the CNE Innovation Garage, alongside other Halton FRC Teams. We have been using this opportunity to speak with interested families about FRC and FIRST, and to spread the word about our team. In-between demonstrations of our Chairbot, visiting other Robotics booths, and using MACKENZIE to interact with crowds, our members were taking breaks to enjoy all the Ex has to offer. We also had the pleasure of meeting and taking a photo with Jeremy Hansen - an up and coming Canadian Astronaut.
This past summer our team members have found a unique way to get involved in our community and give local youth the opportunity to explore robotics. Over 6 weeks a dozen of our students have been running a Robotics Camp at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. The camp is fully student-led, with our team members organizing, planning, and assembling the course structure and daily schedule for each week. The camp is for students 9-12 years of age who want to explore Vex and FLL, which are taught in alternating weeks. Each week brings new materials, ideas, and instructors. Our leaders also devise different projects and themes for each week such as space, underwater exploration, and natural disasters, so returning students can have new experiences. Campers are divided into teams as they work together to build and modify robots to compete in our weekly challenges. Our leaders were constantly on hand to assist and supervise campers, but they also added elements of fun. For example our members built the Bat mobile out of FLL lego as a fun side project that the kids would be interested in! The campers and our members have had a great time, and are looking forward to doing it again next year. Special thanks to Sarah for orchestrating the scheduling and the collaboration with the Town of Oakville, and to the QEP for working with us.
On Friday July 15th Oakville Trafalgar Robotics participated in the Town of Oakville’s annual Midnight Madness event. The night was a ton of fun and a huge success, with our pit drawing lots of spectators. Last year’s Drive Team attracted a line-up as they gave kids rides down the block on our Chairbot. Last year’s competition robot MACKENZIE met crowds with displays of her capabilities, and interacted with visitors by playing games of catch. Students made their way through the crowds answering questions and handing out information, while our new PA system allowed us to efficiently address everyone at once. The event was a great way to increase our team profile and speak with local families about our team, FIRST, FRC, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). We also spread the word about First Lego League (FLL), encouraging families who were interested to enrol their kids into robotics programs. We had over 20 OT members attend the event, working in the pits and speaking to the crowds. We would like to thank our members for being knowledgable, hard-working, approachable and enthusiastic, and for displaying Gracious Professionalism throughout the night.
The event had a great turnout, with many other Halton FRC teams such as 3161 Tronic Titans and 771 SWAT attending. Team 3161 had great presentation outside their pit, displaying their robot’s dexterity and fine craftsmanship as it tackled obstacles from last year’s Stronghold games. SWAT brought a remote controlled drone to the event, which captured great footage and a lot of attention from spectators. We look forward to seeing them compete next season.
On Saturday Nov 14th, the team competed at the first annual Stemly Cup Championship, an offseason event hosted by teams 4039 and 5406 in Hamilton. The team did very well, winning an award for creativity in robot design. In addition we managed to secure a place on the 3rd alliance along with teams 1241 and 1285. The alliance made it all the way to the semi-finals, coming in 3rd place. We would like to thank our alliance partners for an awesome performance as well as teams 5406 and 4039 for hosting the event.
On Oct 31st, some of the team members attended Team SWAT 771's annual SWATposium. We would also like to congratulate team members Justin S and Thomas M on the awesome 3D printing workshop that they did!
On Oct 24th, the team did a demonstration at Cloverdale Mall for the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). The team had tons of fun showing off our robot, LAMAR as well as talking about the 3D printing that we do.
This year for our first competition on October 21st, team 1334 traveled to Rochester, NY. We competed and had tons of fun! It was an opportunity for the rookie members to learn more about competition and robotics in general. The team also tested out new drivers. In addition we won the imagery award as well as the award for collecting the most non-perishables for the event's food drive after donating over 200 dollars worth of food.
The new-found partnership between Javelin Technologies and FIRST Team 1334 has become an extraordinarily mutual one. FIRST Team 1334 has actively been helping Javelin to create a 3D walkthrough simulator of SolidWorks Models, as well as helping them in their 3D printing lab. On Wednesday, March 5th,2012, FIRST Team 1334 was invited to speak about FIRST on CITY TV’s Breakfast Television hosted by Javelin Technologies by having students Sam Thompson and Zair Naim explain what the team and FIRST strive to achieve. Javelin has helped FIRST Team 1334 as well. They have given members of the team advanced SolidWorks workshops with professional level trainers as well as offering to 3D print a scale model of the 2012 robot Isabella. Students have also been offered jobs at Javelin. Thank you for your contributions Javelin, the free t-shirts, and coffee mugs!
After six weeks of hard work, build season is over, and after weeks of sleepless nights and hard work, our robot is pieced together and we are getting ready for competition.