Secondary school wins 6th straight regional FIRST Robotics competition

  • April 26, 2009
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April 26, 2009 - The success and first place win in the Greater Toronto FIRST Robotics competition held March 26th to 28th is just the most recent accomplishment of team 2056 of Orchard Park Secondary School, having previously won the Waterloo regional competition March 21st. The team was honoured with the ‘Motorola Quality’ award in Toronto and received the Delphi “Driving Tomorrow’s Technology” as well as General Motors ‘Industrial Design’ Awards in Waterloo. Stan Hunter the team’s teacher was extremely pleased with the performance of team 2056 as they are known in the First world. “Our students and mentors have spent countless hours of effort on this year’s robot.” He added; “This is our sixth consecutive win a new record for FIRST.”RMT has been thrilled to play the role of mentor to the bright young students at Stoney Creek Secondary school Orchard Park since the teams’ inception in 2007. "Over the past 8 years, RMT has been supporting the initiatives of the FIRST program and local School Boards through its mentorship of a number of high school robotics teams. Mentoring helps to foster excitement in science and engineering and develops the technology leaders of tomorrow." Stated Rick Trigatti, Manager of Operations for RMT Robotics. Orchard Parks’ team is young; having only been formed for the 2007 competitions. Even though they compete against teams with much more experience and funding; the team completed with 15 wins and a single loss at last weekend’s event Matthew Alderson, P.Eng, RMT Robotics, commented; “The hard work and dedication of the Orchard Park Team were made apparent in everything from their website design to the ability of the robot to score in autonomous mode. Given the complexity of the challenge and the variety of possible strategies it is incredible how consistently successful the team was on the playing field.” Several members of the RMT staff were in attendance to witness Team 2056’s success and remarked on the team’s high level of enthusiasm and the remarkable technology inherent in the robot. Most impressive was the manner in which the team conducted itself amongst the other teams - gracious professionalism in victory or defeat.Next on the competition roster, Worlds at the Georgia Dome. Orchard Park are one of 1500 teams comprised of 37,000 high school students from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, UK, and every state in the US participating in this year’s events. Go Team Go!The Toronto event was captured by the Discovery Channel and can be viewed at: Discovery Channel: First CompetitionAbout Orchard Park Team #2056Founded in 2007 by Stan Hunter team #2056 has over 25 members designing and manufacturing this year’s robot. Students are divided into various disciplines including Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, Scouting, and Fundraising. The Orchard Park team receives funding from Hamilton District School Board, CNC Woodcraft, Winona Men’s Club, Rack Solutions, All Tool Automation, Scotia Bank, Michael Walker Advertising, and others. The Team also receives mentoring from Tyler Holtzman and RMT Robotics. About FIRSTFIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.FIRST redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.About RMT RoboticsRecognized around the globe as a proven innovator of robotic gantry systems, RMT Robotics engineers, manufactures and installs customized solutions for materials handling.Founded in 1981 near Toronto, Canada, RMT has successfully designed and integrated over 200 systems in warehouses and distribution centers worldwide. Our specialty is the end-to-end integration of automated warehouse and distribution. We’ve meticulously designed and installed systems for many Fortune 1000 clients, paying special attention to the unique and complex needs of our clients and their industries. Our clients include leaders in tire manufacturing, paper, food, beverage and plastics. Learn More

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