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Let's Introduce FIRST to Falgarwood!


It's that time of year again, time for high school and elementary school demonstrations!

On Friday we headed out to Falgarwood Public School where we introduced their grade 7's and 8's to our team and educated them about FIRST, particularly FLL. After our presentation we gave students from their school the opportunity to drive the bot around and shoot some hoops.


A special thanks to Falgarwood for having us! We hope we'll get to see you all again soon!
-Krysta

Visiting King's Christian Collegiate

The Tronic Titans have recently been talking with two enthusiastic teachers from King's Christian Collegiate. These teachers had seen us at the Professional Engineers of Ontario - OakvilleChapter's National Engineering Month event that we had hosted. We had invited these teachers, as well as their school's principal and some students, to the Greater Toronto West Regional to learn more about FIRST.


This week, the Tronic Titans had a demo at King's Christian Collegiate. Many students were very excited to hear about our program and were intrigued by our design process. Interested faculty members thought our program was very impressive and could be extremelybeneficial to the students involved.


The Tronic Titans hope that through our presentation we have inspired students and teachers at King's Christian Collegiate to start an FRC team of their own next season.


-Krysta

The Greater Toronto West Regional

Last weekend we had the amazing opportunity to attend the Greater Toronto West Regional. We may have registered late, but we certainly had a lot of fun.

Our bot, Kronos, and our drive team did an excellent job both on and off the field this weekend, and due to everyone’s hard work we seeded 1st going into alliance selection. We had the awesome opportunity to work with many teams this regional, through either ‘co-opertating’ on the bridge or working with them in the pits. We would especially like to thank our alliance teammates, Team 1114: Simbotics and Team 2634: The Gryphons, for working with us this weekend.

We made it into the elimination rounds as the 1st alliance, and for the first time our team made it into the finals. Even though we didn’t win, we are extremely proud of our performance this year. We would also like to send a shout out to the winning alliance, Teams 2056, 4001, and 2200. You guys played an excellent match and it was an honour to compete against you this weekend.

At this regional we also received the Judges Award for Continuous Improvement. We had an exciting weekend full of many firsts. Thank you to all who came out in support of us and FRC!

-Krysta

Waterloo Regional

We just finished competing at this year’s Waterloo Regional. We had an amazing time and made many new friends. By the end of Friday night, we had seeded 1st out of 30 teams, just barely ahead of the amazing 1114.

During Friday’s awards ceremony, our lead mentor, Mr. Roger Balech, received the coveted Woodie Flowers award. This award is for being a mentor that emphasizes and embodies FIRST’s values as well as spreading the word of FIRST in his or her community.

By the end of qualification matches, we had seeded 3rd out of 30. This lead to an alliance with teams 3683 (Team Dave) and 4039 (Make Shift Robotics), unfortunately we lost out in the quarter finals and did not move on. The entire team has done such an excellent job this year, both on the field and behind the scenes. We’ll be looking forward to many new outreach events this year as well as partnerships with many new teams.

-Krysta

Girl Guides

As part of our commitment to inspire young women about STEM we visited a Girl Guides group. We spoke to them about FIRST, our team and how they can get involved with FLL. The girls were very responsive to our presentation and we hope to see them in the future as members of the FIRST organization.

Alison and Julia

Build Week 1

Our first week of build season was very successful. After our brainstorming and prototyping all week, we have made our final decisions on the design of our 2012 robot.

Our build sub-teams have been working very hard to produce prototypes, reusing parts from our old robots as well as 2x4’s. We also constructed a driving kit-bot, while updating all necessary software. Our awards sub-team has made a lot of progress for our awards submissions, completing their brainstorming and beginning the first draft of our Chairman’s essay.

We are very grateful for our dedicated mentors who have been a great help to us, staying for our daily meetings and aiding in the design of the robot.

We hope that the rate of progress seen this week will continue throughout the rest of build season!

Julia and Alison

Kickoff

St. Mildred's Women Advancing Technology FIRST team 771 graciously invited our team to join them for kickoff at their school. Our teams watched the broadcast together and then separated to begin brainstorming, strategizing and drafting potential designs. As a team we also read through the manual and broke into focus groups to examine the pros and cons of possible strategies.

This was a great start to build season and we look forward to putting our designs into action!

Julia and Alison

The Second Annual Halton Regional FLL Tournament

The Tronic Titans had a great time at the second annual Halton Regional FLL Tournament. The tournament was a great success despite when the fire alarm unexpectedly went off. Throughout this time the children’s spirits stayed high seen through their dancing, cheering and conga lines regardless of the cold weather. Fantastic performances were seen from all teams that attended but after all was said and done the Halton Champions were:

Champions' 1st place: 5413 The Safety Shrinkers

Champions' 2nd place: 5412 The Grill Masters

Champions' 3rd place: 564 MunchBotz

Champions' 4th place: 8831 Legomaniacs

Champions' 5th place: 14253 Milbank Machines

A special thank you goes out to all judges and volunteers who made this tournament the great experience that it was. Best wishes to all teams moving on to the provincials on January 14, 2012. Watch for mention of the tournament in the Oakville Beaver.

Alison

Fall Events

The Tronic Titans have been very busy over the past few months volunteering within our school community.

On Thursday September 16th we gave a presentation at our school’s curriculum night where we were given the chance to introduce parents and students to our robot and to FIRST. We also held a robotics demonstration on Parent Teacher Interview Night, where parents come to the school to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers. At our school’s Grade 8 Night, we exposed future students (and their parents) to the opportunity they will have to join something fun in STEM through our demonstration with our previous year’s robots.

Our team helped raise money for the DR HOPE initiative at our school by attending and supporting the organization at their annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser. The DR HOPE initiative raises money to send students from our school to the Dominican Republic to build houses for those in need. Within our school, there is a new club called Free the Children, which raises money to build a school in Haiti. Our team helped raise awareness for their cause through supporting and promoting their initiatives including ‘Silent Day’ at our school.

On October 22nd the Tronic Titans had our third annual Ford Test Drive. At this event Ford donates $20 to our team for every person who test drives one of their cars that they brought to our school for the day. This day was very successful with lots of money raised thanks to Ford and our supportive community.

The Tronic Titans had a great time at our second annual Halton Regional FLL Tournament yesterday. A blog post about that event will follow.

Alison

Grade 9 Orientation

On August 31st, the Tronic Titans made a presentation introducing the new grade 9 students at our school to FIRST. We hope to have sparked some interest among the new students by telling them about our team and the great experiences that we have had as Tronic Titans. We look forward to seeing many new faces at our first official meeting of the school year tomorrow, Monday September 12th.

Alison

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