Team History
Team 3161, the Tronic Titans has a long history in FIRST even before their successful rookie season. The successful start of this team could not be done without the committed collaboration of Teachers, Students, Alumni, and the FIRST community.

In 2007, two of the students at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (HT) became involved in
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams at schools in the area, Team 1334 and Team 843. Both students emerged from the season enthused about the FIRST program and felt that the best way to get more people involved was to start a team at Holy Trinity, as the school was in a different school board which had no FRC teams at the time. The students got interested teachers and students involved in other teams in the area until it was possible to start a team at HT. To aid in the process, Team 1334 graciously opened their doors for anyone interested to join their team. This collaboration continued in 2008 and 2009 with a number of Holy Trinity students and teachers actively participating on team 1334.

Team 3161 had their first official season in the
FIRST Robotics Competition in 2010, under the mentoring of Team 1334. They gained students from all grades, and brought in community members and alumni in addition to teachers for mentors. It was a strong season, winning the Rookie All Star Award in the competitive Waterloo Regional and competing head to head with the best teams in the world at the Championships in Atlanta.

For the 2011 season, the Tronic Titans built upon their momentum from 2010 and greatly increased their activity within the school and the greater community. 3161 visited numerous local catholic elementary schools and from those efforts, started and mentored two new FLL teams. The team showcased itself and
FIRST at dozens of events, and started hosting the Halton Regional FIRST Lego League Tournament. The team fielded a capable robot and had high hopes for the season. Team 3161 competed in the Waterloo and Greater Toronto West Regionals but due to unfortunate mechanical issues, team 3161 was limited to quarter finalists at both events. The team received the Team Spirit award at both events, and at Waterloo our own Paul Fossenier received the Dean’s List Finalist Award. 3161 took the tough lessons learned from the year and was more determined than ever headed into 2012.

Following the 2011 season, team 3161 celebrated the season with its first annual
FIRST social for neighbouring FRC and FLL teams. The team wasted no time and further ramped up their activities by participating in even more community and charity events in addition to the events it continued on from previous years. The team again started, and provided mentorship, to a total of 3 FLL teams. The team hosted its second successful Halton Regional FLL tournament and recruited students from surrounding high schools to the team. The team appeared in TV Ontario’s show ‘Giver’, and hosted the Professional Engineers Ontario, Oakville Chapter’s, National Engineering Month Celebration.

Team 3161 entered the 2012 season with a focus on refined strategy, and the goal of building a very simple and elegant machine. The team worked hard and smart and was able to finish the build season with both a completed practice robot and competition robot. The team attended the Waterloo Regional, where they battled hard for the #1 seed but ended up seeded 3rd overall and became the 3rd alliance captain. They entered into the elimination round but unfortunately did not pass the quarter finals. 3161 came home with a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for our lead mentor Roger Balech. Just days before the Toronto West Regional Team 3161 was able to secure registration to the event. Carrying the momentum from Waterloo, 3161 was able to seed 1st overall, out of 55 teams, and captained the #1 alliance. 3161 did well during the elimination rounds, with their undefeated alliance making it to the finals. After two well fought matches in the finals, the Team 2056 alliance came out on top, and 3161 proudly returned home with the title of #1 seed, and regional finalists. Team 3161 was also awarded the Judges Award for Continuous Improvement.

After the 2012 season, Team 3161 celebrated with their 2nd annual
FIRST Social which included new features including Human Rebound Rumble. Over the 2013 Season, the Tronic Titans became ever more community based, being comprised of 38 students from seven different high schools and elementary schools in the area. They also managed to create stronger partnerships with our sponsors Anubis Manufacturing Corporation and Professional Engineers Ontario - Oakville Chapter. Anubis was our title sponsor in 2012 and became more involved in FIRST through donating a 3D Printing Voucher to the Online Kit of Parts. The team also became more actively involved with our local PEO Chapter attending several of their events and hosting their National Engineering Month Celebration, which was the largest in all of Ontario at 300 participants. Team 3161’s FIRST Family expanded to a total of 16 teams, ten Jr.FLL, five FLL, and one FRC team. To all of which the team provided avid mentorship. This year 3161 appeared on City TV’s the Inside Story with Avery Haines which covered FIRST at the Greater Toronto West Regional.

Team 3161 went into the 2013 build season with the hope of having another high achieving year.The robot Perses’ design included a ten point hanger, a three point shooter, and a five-disk autonomous. At our the Waterloo regional, we were chosen as the first pick for the 5th alliance. At our second regional, GTR West, we were the 8th alliance captain, but sadly, at both regionals, we didn’t make it past the quarter finals. Team Co-Captain, Krysta Peralto received the Dean’s List Finalist Award at the Waterloo regional. Heading into the 2014 season, they are determined to make a difference in the
FIRST community.

2014 was a strong year for Team 3161. We reached the World Championship in St. Louis by winning the Engineering Inspiration at Greater East Toronto Regional. We also won the Innovation in Control Award at the Waterloo Regional for the claw and punch design we have on our robot Thanatos. Congratulations to Krysta Peralto for winning the Dean’s List Finalist for the second time. We earned high rankings in both regionals as well. We were the 5th alliance’s pick at Greater Toronto East, and we were the 8th alliance captains in Waterloo. Another advantage we gained from building Thanatos, it turned out to be a great outreach, interactive for the community events we held!

We extend our awareness to many social issues in the world. Firstl, in the summer, we completed the ‪#‎ALSIceBucketChallenge‬ nominating our sister team 1334, SWAT 771, and 4519. Early June that year, we held the first ever Women in STEM Night by receiving funds from SpeakUp Grant project. We find that often times women are a visible minority in the field of engineering and we are determined to make women equal counterparts to men. We also earned the engineering badges by visiting the local Girl Guides for demonstration of Thanatos. We are invested in the issues of gender equality because we have faith that our involvement would someday make a difference in the world. Of course, we continued many established traditional events that the team holds, such as the Halton FLL Qualifying Tournament happened in our school remains the largest in Ontario. We come in partnership with PEO to hold our annual National Engineering Month. We go beyond our school ground to participate in the local Ribfest and Midnight Madness as well. There are endless possibilities we are inspiring with our outreach event. One day we believe that Dean’s vision will come true as young people dream of being science and technology leaders under our countless effort.

In the year of 2015, Team 3161- Tronic Titans experienced ups and downs just like anyone would in real life. A famous Chinese proverb goes, “A smooth sea does not make a skillful sailor”. Thus, for every challenge and adverse situation we faced, we treated it as an opportunity for growth. For Recycle Rush, we created a robot named Koios to compete in the Waterloo regional in 2015. We were the final pick of the 3rd alliance. As a result, we were carried to the semi-finals. Our robot may not be the best in functioning, but we take pride in how far we have come, and hold faith in how far we can go.

Our team members at 3161 are big dreamers. We put our heads into the clouds, and our feet on the ground. We intend to go from the ground up in 2015. We focused on the quality of the outreach events rather than our usual approach to reach the highest quantity. The FLL tournament is another summit we have reached by the number of teams that attended. We remained the largest tournament held in Ontario. In March, we hosted the National Engineering Month with PEO. We successfully attracted more than two hundred people in attendance. We travelled to University of Toronto to take part in the Science Rendezvous fair. We held our largest fundraiser Ford Drive in partnership with Oakland Ford Dealership. This accounts for a considerable amount of funds we receive from our sponsors. Our most important sponsor, the school and board supplies us with resources and venues for half of our outreach events. We reward the school by attending the first ever Club Banquet, and congratulations to our MAC (Most Active Contributor) winner Brandon Higgins, and Golden Wrench Award winner Paulius Pace. We learned from our 4th FIRST Social that struggles are parts of life, and life cannot have true beauty without them. Good luck to all teams next season!!