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“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.

May to November

Off-season

Offseason events, projects and skill-building workshops
Year Round

Meetings

Meetings year round for FRC. Less frequently during the Summer
January to Febuary

Build Season

Intense period for the FRC team to design, build, and program their robot.
March to April

District Events

The team then competes at events with other teams.
April

Championships

Ontario Provincial Championships are hosted in Mississauga and the World Championship for 2020 is hosted in Detroit.

High-school students get to:

  • Work alongside team alumni, Queen’s Univeristy students, and volunteer mentors who are industry professionals.
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design.
  • Learn and use sophisticated hardware and software.
  • Develop design, project management, programming, teamwork, and strategic thinking skills.

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