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Mission Statement

Our mission is to ignite and fan a flame of passion in young people for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and business, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that inspire innovation and personal growth, fostering well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

Waffles Vision

We seek to be a diverse group of dedicated and reliable individuals that will work together as highly functional team, with a culture that focuses strongly on student opportunities for skill development and personal growth.  We strive to communicate effectively, to conduct ourselves with integrity, to always contribute our best as individuals and do what is best for the team as a whole.  We aim to be sustainable with a supportive, respectful and cooperative atmosphere, endeavoring to continuously improve both individually and as a team.  We celebrate achievements based on our own definition of success.  We make every effort to demonstrate our positive, friendly, gracious and cohesive team in all we do.  We strive to develop positive relationships within our team, FIRST and our community.


Founded the First W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FLL Team

Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8**) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. In 2006, W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics was founded as an FLL team and is based out of Kingston, Ontario. 

VEX Team Founded

Teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April!
November 2012

FRC W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Team Founded

W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FLL Alumni create FRC team for the upcoming season Ultimate Ascent. This team created in mind for all students in the local area that didn’t have a team at their own school. Unlike FLL, these robots have both teleoperated and autonomous modes, along with a build season restricted to six weeks.

W.A.F.F.L.E.S. First FRC Event

W.A.F.F.L.E.S. makes an entrance onto the FRC community as team 4476. Competing at the Greater Toronto East Regional, they lead their alliance to semi-finals and were the recipients of the Rookie All Star award. This qualified 4476 to compete at the World Championships in St. Louis Missouri. At World’s, 4476 was recognized as the Highest Rookie Seed of the Newton Division and Kaley, one of the team Captains, was recognized as a Dean’s List Winner.

Partnership between the Pump House Steam Museum and W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics formed


FRC Ontario Districts Begin

Ontario moves to the District platform for the FIRST Steamworks season. This season sees 4476 take home the Engineering Inspiration Award at the University of Waterloo District Event, and again at the District Championships, qualifying the team to compete at the St. Louis Championships where the team was quarterfinalists. 4476 also made an appearance in the semi-finals at all three of their district events, as well as taking home the Creativity Award at the North Bay District Event. This year’s robot was named Jasnoor.

FIRST Power Up

FIRST Power Up sees the W.A.F.F.L.E.S. competing at the Durham College and North Bay District Events. This year was the first time W.A.F.F.L.E.S. would walk home with a Chairman’s Award, commonly known as the most prestigious award in FIRST. Durham College also sported a double banner for the team, winning the event as the first pick of the first alliance. In North Bay, 4476 teamed up with 2708 and 5834 to come home with a finalist medal and an Excellence in Engineering award.  Qualifying to compete at the District Championships and Detroit Championships, the team was honoured with a divisional Spirit Award.  This year’s robot was named Melia.