- Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:28
FIRST Team 1334 was the second biggest fundraising team at the Oakville MS Walk. 11 Team members and vintage robot H.A.N.K. walked in honour of our founding mentor, Mrs. Pat Decker,who was diagnosed with Remitting/Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis in 1988. She is fortunate to have been in remission for about 15 years but reminds us all to support the causes closest to us and live every day like it could be your last! It was a great day.
FIRST FRC Championship
- Created on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 21:34
FIRST Team 1334 is attending the FRC World Championship in St Louis! We will be competing in the Archimedes division on the 25th to 27th of April.
To watch the event live, go to http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/robotics/
FIRST Western Canadian Regional Competition: Triumph in Calgary!
- Created on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 02:00
FIRST Robotics Team 1334 has finally tasted victory on the field! We finished with an 11-1 record in the qualification rounds and were seeded first going into the play off rounds, meaning we had control of choosing our alliance members. Together with Teams 4334 and 4633, then a late sub-in from 4591, (all from Calgary) we went undefeated in the playoff rounds, displaying high shooting accuracy, quick and sturdy driving, and smooth climbing ability. The action was intense and the crowd cheered wildly as our alliance was announced winners of the competition, the first ever regional win for FIRST Team 1334.
Our robot, Jebediah was also presented the Engineering Excellence Award, which recognizes any aspect of engineering excellence that reinforces the principles of FIRST.
Gracious professionalism was abundant at this inaugural event. There were 15 rookie teams and many of them arrived with very rudimentary and not-yet-functioning robots. All the veteran teams worked tirelessly to help as many teams as they could, fanning out each day to program, weld, re-wire, trouble shoot etc. It was amazing that every rookie team eventually made it onto the competition field, including one team from northern Alberta that arrived with only one person. A movie should be made about Trapper Herman from team 4625 - it's a Hollywood-like story with a happy ending.
FIRST Team 1334's robot, Jebediah, climbed to the top of the 12 foot high pyramid and successfully dunked 4 discs to take the championship!
See our video about our experiences this season on our YouTube channel.
Greater Toronto West Regional
- Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 20:26
We are so proud of our team and our robot for our performance this week at the GTR West Competition. Thanks to our fantastic alliance partners FIRST team 1310 (Runnymede CI, Toronto) and Rookie team 4716 (Assumption College HS,Windsor), we made it all he way to the finals, coming second only to the best alliance in the world - FIRST teams 1114, 2056 and the fantiastic rookie team from London, ON, FIRST team 4814. Congrats to all of them, and we will see them at the World Championships in St Louis in April.
Not only did our robot, JEBEDIAH perform beautifully, we won a few great awards ourselves! For the fourth year, we won the prestigious Engineering Inspiration award , which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within our school as well as in our community. We also won the Imagery Award in honour of Jack Kamen, which celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration romthe machine to the team appearance. Go Red Devils!
We are on the Blue Alliance, robot #1334. This one showcases our shooting ability:http://www.watchfirstnow.com/archive3.php?id=62991185 In this match, we are Red Alliance, robot #1334.This one showcases our climbing ability http://www.watchfirstnow.com/archive3.php?id=63000921
But mostly we are so proud of our team member, Sam Thompson, who won the FIRST Dean's List finalist award (one of only two awarded at this event). This award is the highest honour bestowed on individual team members and celebrates outstanding student leaders whose passion for and effectiveness at attaining FIRST ideals is exemplary. Sam will now compete at the FIRST Championship for the 2013 World Dean's list. We could not be prouder of Sam Thompson who has toiled tirelessly for the team and it was definitely noticed.
Huge props to the other Oakville Community teams. (3161 Holy Trinity) team leader Krysta Peralto was a deseving nominee of the Dean's List Finalist at the recent U of Waterloo competition. FIRST team 771 SMLS), cleaned up with many prestigious awards: The Woodie Flowers award was won by Ms Sarah Sils, Dean's List finalist student Ankita Sharma, and the Regional Chairman's Award. Well done, ladies! You all make Oakville proud!
It was spectacular to see our sponsor Hatch and especially John Pearson making Rock Stars of us all in the opening address on Friday. On Saturday, opening remarks were webcast by Commander Chris Hadfeld from the International Space Station! This was something we were all thrilled to be a part of.
Thanks to all our sponsors, mentors and teachers for this amazing experience!
Next steps: Calgary next week, then the FIRST World Championships in St Louis in April! Watch it live on www.watchfirstnow.com
- Created on Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:01
Our first regional robotics competition is now in the history books. The Waterloo Regional has always been a great way for team 1334 to warm up to the competitive season. This regional is the toughest of all, with some of the best competitors in FIRST. We remained excited throughout the matches and were very pleased to advance to the semi-final rounds with our exceptional alliance partners; FIRST teams 1241 and 3949. We were bested only by some of Canada's all-time top teams and we thank our alliance partners for taking us on such an exciting ride.
We are very proud of our high-scoring, gutsy performance and look forward to our next events.
We look forward to our next competition, GTR West, March 29-30 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Directions.
The following weekend we are going west to the inaugural FIRST Western Canada Regional competition, in Calgary, Alberta! Stay tuned for updates.