What a great two days I spent with the team last week in Waterloo, for the Waterloo regional competition. This was their second competition this month and was just as exciting as the first in Oshawa, Ontario. So far this year they have won both of the regional competitions they have entered and came home with some bling. This makes for 13 consecutive wins in a row to date. Also, through great design they have been awarded an engineering award for the robot at each of the competitions. However, I think the greatest award and recognition for the team was winning the Chairman's award. This is probably one of the highest awards given to any robotics team from around the world participating in FIRST ROBOTICS. The team is required to be well rounded in many aspects of the FIRST make up. Just some of these aspects would be promoting the ideas of First to the community, participating in helping the community with special projects, mentoring additional teams from other schools and many more.
These are a great group of students’ that put their heart and soul into building the robot and competing in the many different competitions they enter every year. They are a joy to work with and help during the building season. It is great to see the design and build process pay off with the successful wins within the competitions. The team’s main drive is teacher Stan Hunter, who without him this team would not be what it is today. The students’ are very fortunate to have such a great role model and teacher, and I am sure many will remember Mr. Hunter, long after they have graduated and gone on to whatever careers they choose to pursue. The team has a great group of mentors to help them along the way and I feel very lucky to be able to be one of the mentors and give something back to the community I live and do business in.