The unstoppable power of a cyclone makes it a truly spectacular example of what happens when individual forces work together. The CDS Cyclone Robotics team is a perfect example of the power generated when creative minds focus their energy and time on producing a mechanical marvel like the one we developed for our inaugural year in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC).
The Cyclone Robotics team was established in the fall of 2014 after witnessing the excitement and popularity that grew from our VEX Robotics Club the year prior. We will continue to run the VEX Robotics Club year round in the Senior School as a launching pad to the FRC program. This year’s FRC team consisted of 20 students and was supervised by three passionate CDS Faculty members: Mr. Chris Wappel, Mr. Jason Jugoon, and Ms. Aimee Lee. With this team of creative minds, we were a force to be reckoned with in spite of our lack of experience.
We have grown significantly, both as individuals and as a team. Thankfully, we received generous seed funding from Mantella Venture Partners to launch the program. Additionally, other parents and partners graciously contributed to alleviate some of the costs of running such a popular program. Our mission was not to win every competition, but to immerse youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) related disciplines that accentuate the importance of learning in the classroom, promoting curiosity and creativity, and acting as a catalyst for newly discovered passions in engineering, science and design.
This weekend, the Senior School Robotics Team is headed to our first tournament of the new season! Our team is very excited and has been working hard to prepare the robot for the upcoming competition. Each team has an assigned ID number - our team is Team 4951 - CDS Cyclones! Where we usually have to travel further afield, this time we will be competing in Newmarket - and encourage community members to come watch throughout the weekend!
Earlier this month, the Senior School Robotics team conducted a community outreach event. The objective of the program was to inspire and educate Junior School students about the exciting world of robotics and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM.
Last weekend, the CDS Robotics team competed in the provincial FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) over the course of three days. Playing a total of 12 matches, the CDS Cyclones #4951 team placed 25th in the province overall out of 67 teams. Not bad for our first competition in more than two years!
CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.
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