“Dubbed a varsity Sport for the Mind,™ FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get. Professional Mentors volunteer their time and talents to guide each team.”
Our FRC team, W.A.F.F.L.E.S. 4476, is in it’s ninth year and open to any interested students in grade 8 through 12 that do not have an FRC team at their school. We meet once a week most of the year to build technical and soft skills with training workshops and off-season projects. Once the new challenge is released at the start of January, the intensive “build season” begins and we have meetings 6 or 7 days of the week. We reccommend attending 2-6 meetings a week to get the most out of the program, as things progress quickly in the short 6-week period we have to create a robot. In March, we travel to attend two District Qualifying Events across Ontario. If we rank highly in the province, we have the opportunity to compete at the Ontario Provincial Championship in Mississauga and the World Championship, hosted in Detroit.
Community partnerships and parents are key components to our team.