On Aug. 19, 2018, the Pink Titans had the opportunity to thank Ms. Pint, Robotics Administrator of the Toronto District School Board, for the gracious sponsorship of the team in 2018. Ms. Pint attended the Robots@CNE Off-Season Event and visited TDSB teams, like FRC 5719 - Pink Titans, 865 - WARP7, and 1310 - Runnymede Robotics. Thank you Ms. Pint, the Pink Titans was able to participate in the 2018 FRC season with much thanks to your help!
From Aug. 17 to 19, 2018, the Pink Titans competed with 18 other Ontario FRC teams at the Inaugural Robots@CNE off-season event at the Enercare Centre, located on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Ontario. The Pink Titans and other FRC teams reached out to attendees, among the 30,000 daily visitors to the CNE, who visited the Pits and watched 85+ FRC matches over three days! It was also really great to see and hear from Libby Kamen Drost, one of the emcees - personality on Twitch and FIRST Updates Now, plus FIRST mentor of FRC 1923 - MidKnight Inventors and Robotics Advisor in West-Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey, USA.
For members of the Pink Titans, participation at Robots@CNE was a great experience. The robot, named Pinkie Pie, was able to score on the scale, as demonstrated in the past, in earlier matches. Unfortunately, the front in-take wheels become badly damaged during the competition. As a result, the robot's ability to in-take power cubes decreased. Without replacement in-take wheels, the team was able to utilize duct tape and surgical tubing(!) to repair the wheels with enough friction to resume in-taking power cubes for the final few matches.
The event helped to introduced two new student members to the team. Cole Cyr, the Drive Coach of FRC 4946 - Alpha Dogs, was the Drive Coach on Aug. 17, helping the new drive team. As well, two new mentors were introduced to their first FRC event. Additionally, two FRC mentors participated for the first time as members of the Pink Titans at Robots@CNE. Asha of FRC 865 - WARP7 helped out in a huge was on the last day by driving the robot.
The team finished the event with in 17th place with a record of 5 and 17. The team was grateful to be the third pick as part of Alliance Four with Captain FRC 1310 - Runnymede Robotics, 4618 - Newman Robotics, and 4039 - MakeShift Robotics. The alliance lost in the semi-finals to the eventual finalists, Alliance One.
Thank you hosts FRC 1334 - Red Devils and 1374 - Amped Up! and FIRST Robotics Canada for the great opportunity!
On Aug. 18, 2018, the Pink Titans had the opportunity to thank Mr. Lachance, Director of MJL Electronics and Computers, for the gracious sponsorship of the team in 2018. Mr. Lachance attended the Robots@CNE Off-Season Event and helped the team as a technical mentor. Thank you Mr. Lachance and MJL Electronics and Computers, the team was successful in 2018 with much thanks to your help!
On July 28, 2018, the Pink Titans showcased Pinkie Pie, the 2018 FRC robot, at the Heart 2 Soul Community Festival at James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School. The festival for families was created by Judith in 2017 to showcase the positive imapcts of youth in the community at the northwest end of Toronto. Although arts, music, and sports were the foci at the event, the Pink Titans promoted excitement and interest in the STEM culture. Members of the Pink Titans introduced many members in the community to the FIRST Robotics program. Young children and young adults test-drove and controlled the robot. Thank you Judith and the Heart 2 Soul Festival organizers for the opportunity!
On July 26, 2018, the Pink Titans showcased Pinkie Pie, the team's 2018 FRC robot, to students at Mason Road Junior Public School. The students controlled the robot's elevator and shot the "power cube" into scoring areas. The students were learning how to program the Dash & Dot robot so controlling the robot, produced by high school students using the familiar engineering-design process, was a great way for students to see continuum of learning after elementary school. Modlin, one of the mentors of the Pink Titans, was working with some of the students in the Summer Program. Thank you Principal Scenna of the Summer Program at Mason Road Jr. P. S. for the opportunity!
On July 25, 2018, the Pink Titans showcased Pinkie Pie, the team's 2018 FRC robot, to Grade One students at Corvette Junior Public School. The students controlled the robot's elevator and shot the "power cube" into scoring areas. The students were learning how to program the Dash & Dot robot so controlling the robot, produced by high school students using the familiar engineering-design process, was a great way for students to see continuum of learning after elementary school. Thank you Mr. Ambi and administration at Corvette Jr. P. S. for the opportunity!
On July 14, 2018, the Pink Titans participated in Councillor Michael Thompson's Annual Community Picnic at McGregor Park Community Centre. Children and adults test-drove and controlled the robot. The members also spoke to many parents new to the FIRST program. The students spoke about the benefits of children participating in the FIRST program, from FIRST LEGO League Jr., for children as young as kindergarten, to FIRST Robotics Competition for students up to Grade 12.
Thank you Coun. Thompson for the opportunity to help in the celebration and collaboration of community, plus igniting curiosity in STEM!
On July 7 and 9, 2018, the Pink Titans showcased Pinky Pie, their 2018 robot, at Maker Festival. Children and children-at-heart test-drove and controlled the robot, which picked up "power cubes", lifted them, then tossed them into "scoring areas". In the maker spirit, members of the team shared their experiences of learning by doing, designing, creating, tinkering, applying skills; as well as networked with fellow makers.
Thank you Maker Festival organizers for the opportunity to be a part of your showcase of the diverse, empowering maker culture! Thank you to volunteers as well for your passions in providing this enjoyable experience for all attendees.
On July 5, 2018, the Pink Titans showcased their 2018 robot at the MakerEdTO Conference at The York School in Toronto, Ontario. Educators from the Greater Toronto Area and beyond had the opportunity to test-drive and control the robot, which picked up "power cube" game pieces, lifted them, then tossed them into the "scoring area".
The educators attended with a range of knowledge and experience in implementing the Maker experience in classrooms. Members of the Pink Titans informed attendees about the success of the FIRST program, from FIRST LEGO League Jr starting as young as kindergarten to FIRST Robotics Competition up to Grade 12, on building characteristics of time-management, igniting creating, determination, perseverance, communicating, and the design-engineering process, among other charateristics of Makers; in students. It was also great to inform educators in the elementary panel of the kind of projects that their students may partake in in high school.
Thank you MakerEdTO committee for the opportunity and to the volunteers as well for your passions in providing this great event. Thank you to all for helping to build community, promoting maker culture and involving more students and educators!