Last Sunday our team hosted our popular annual FLL Practice tournament. We were at capacity, with 18 FLL teams all ready and excited for the day. We had many volunteers from our team helping with judging and showing the FLL teams what to do and where to go. Special thanks to FIRST team 3161 form Holy Trinity High School for refereeing the robot matches. The kids had so much fun, and were excited to be able to see our robot demonstration. Overall it was a great day for the kids to practice for the real tournaments coming up soon.
On Saturday, November 15th, Team 1334 had the privilege of making a presentation at 771’s SWATposium. Alumni Cameron Swinoga and Andrew George, Team Captain Arun Kamalakanthan, and Design Team Head Connor Sparling made a short presentation teaching students about solidworks and it’s benefits for designing a robot. Arun gave a brief introduction about Solidworks showing off in context parts and basic assemblies. Connor gave a brief tutorial into Weldments, how to create profiles for stock, and how to then use these to create a chassis or other robot parts. He also touched upon how using the tool dramatically decreases design time. Andrew taught everyone about sheet metal, how easy it is to make changes and updates, and how solidworks already does all the calculations for K-factor, bend radius, and material thickness.
Last Saturday our team entered our float in the annual Oakville Santa Claus Parade. Several members of the team had been busy for a few weeks designing the float and building the decorations. On the Friday before the Parade a group of us, fortified with pizza, worked into the late evening to assemble everything and put the finishing touches to our float. Saturday morning was very cold but fortunately the sun was shining so everyone was in a great mood and we were very pleased that many of the rookies on our team came along to participate. It was a great opportunity for team bonding and to show off our robot in the town. The float looked great and won 1st runner up! Everyone had a good time and we were able to remind everyone that Oakville Trafalgar High School has a great robotics team!
In the spirit of getting technology and programming out into the community and into the minds of students, FIRST TEAM 1334 Robotics sponsored a development program event for the Canadian Association of Girls In Science (CAGIS). This event was held at Oakville Trafalgar High School on Monday, November 3rd.
We taught students in grade 4 and under how to draw and create designs of their dream house and then create their designs with popsicle sticks, hot glue guns and decoration tools. The designs by the children were very creative and ranged from towers and huts in the woods to anything their hearts desired. For the older students, we taught them how to use SolidWorks.
In order to introduce the CAGIS students from grade 5 – grade 8 to the design aspect of the event, we used a CAD, which stands for Computer Aided Design, Software called SolidWorks. SolidWorks takes a design and creates a 3D model for you. With the CAGIS students, we taught them within the one-hour time limit the basics...
During this past summer, Team 1334 initiated a 6-week Robotics Camp with the Oakville Parks and Recreation Department. Several of our students assisted the young, adventurous minds in building miniature versions of their very own Lego robots, competing in a large tournament at the end of their summer camp program. We received much praise on the originality of the concept and are looking forward to expanding the program next summer! Thank you very much to all the people involved in this event which brought even more interest in STEM to even more young minds in Oakville.
On July 18th, FRC Team 1334 participated in the annual Oakville Midnight Madness Event. This event is held in downtown Oakville with over 200 stores, clubs, organizations, and businesses being a part of the festivities. This event showcases what everyone has to offer the town’s citizens, from fine dining, to street-dancing lessons, to huge sales from all the clothing boutiques. From 6pm to midnight, The Red Devils hosted demonstrations of our robots, KASSANDRA and JEBIDIAH, each pulling in huge crowds as people gathered around to watch the wonders of robotics. Visitors to our booth even got the chance to drive our robot and catch frisbees from JEBIDIAH! Over 200,000 people visited the annual event within the 6 hours, including several alumni of FRC Team 1334. We also had the pleasure of having some of our fellow Oakville FRC teams, 771 and 3161 work with us to create an even larger robotics presence at the event. Everyone had a wonderful time and we are looking forward to next year’s...
It’s amazing how the time flies! Another successful year has passed as the Red Devils look forward to another adventurous year of robotics! Team 1334’s robot, KASSANDRA, did wonderfully this year with the help of the Red Devils’ many generous sponsors and donors. On Thursday, June 5th, 2014, Team 1334 welcomed all of the 2013-2014 season sponsors to a gathering in order to appreciate their support and encouragement throughout this past season of FRC Aerial Assist. Everyone enjoyed many demonstrations and that included last year’s successful robot named JEBIDIAH, an explanation of Team 1334’s Chairman’s Award, and several other awards. We are very grateful for the help and generous donations of all of our sponsors and look forward to another successful year!
On Sunday May the 4th, the Red Devils participated in the Oakville MS walk. We brought our last year’s robot (JEBIDIAH) along for the 5km walk and the weather was perfect. Our Mayor, Rob Burton, attended the event and we really appreciate his support for the event and our team. We walked in honour of our founding mentor, Mrs. Pat Decker, who was diagnosed with relapsing/remitting Multiple Sclerosis. FIRST team 1334 raised a lot of money which goes towards research in Multiple Sclerosis and we thank everyone who donated for the cause!
Volunteer Service Awards held in Mississauga on April 28th.
From left to right:
Cory Sulpizi - 1334 Alumnus and engineering student at U of T - youth award.
George Chisholm - 10 years with 1334 and a second pin for 20 years with the Oakville Historical Society
Peggy Scott - five years with 1334 and FLL guru.
Lyle Scott - 1334 Alumnus and student at UOIT. 5 years working with us and FLL
Chuck Woods - 1334 Lead Mentor - 5 years with us
missing - Dr Amy Hamilton - 1334 mentor for 5 years
The Red Devils once again had a blast in St Louis! We reconnected with many teams and friends and showed our spirit as we cheered in the stands. Members of our team attended many conferences where we learned useful skills and spoke with companies and teams gathering new ideas and making new connections. The FIRST championships were once again a great success and team 1334 was honoured to have been able to be a part of it once more. The Red Devils would also like to congratulate teams 469, 2848, 254, and 74 for becoming this year’s world champions and team 27 for winning Chairman’s! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event as awesome as it was and to our sponsors and school administration for all their support!
The big event has finally arrived! We arrived safe and sound after a sixteen hour bus ride. Oakville Trafalgar High School Robotics FIRST Team 1334 finished 32nd out of 100 after one day of qualifications. After a full day of competition, 1334 hosted a team social with 3161 and 1310. Despite the pouring rain, we made it to the RoboProm where all the team members danced up a storm and made it an early night back to the hotel. A great sleep and delicious breakfast helped us prepare for day two of qualifications!