This month, SWAT will be hosting a KENYA LEGO DRIVE, collecting old, gently used or new pieces of Lego®.
This March break, eight of our SWAT girls will be traveling to Kenya to work with the Mully Children’s Family Charitable Foundation in Ndalani. With them, they will bring and donate all collected Lego® to the children.
All donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn’s office:
2318 Lakeshore Rd W #2
Kickoff is fast approaching… come celebrate this year’s kickoff with SWAT 771!
SWATposium is back and better than ever with more workshops than we have ever had before! Don’t miss out on the experience. SWATposium 2013 is coming this October 5th!
After an amazing season, the girls of SWAT 771 proudly went on to their final competition of the year: FIRST Championships in St. Louis, Missouri. Our girls had an incredible time at championships talking to judges, meeting teams from all around the world, and competing with some of FRC’s best.
Of course, who could forget decorating the pit of Team 610, “The Crescent Coyotes”, with pink flowers, feather boas, and balloons at night, and seeing their confused (and slightly shocked) reaction in the morning. Thankfully, the all boys team graciously commended and laughed at our prank, even using some of the decorations on their robot for a match.
Aside from this, our girls also continued to grow closer to one another and strengthened the team’s bond through games of Ninja under the Gateway Arch (something that has quickly become tradition), countless team dinners, and a spectacular visit to the St. Louis Science Center. Overall, championships has been an unforgettable experience and we hope to return next year!
The final regional SWAT attended this year was the brand new Western Canadian FRC Regional. Before the regional began, SWAT took a trip with Team 1305, “Ice Cubed”, to Banff, Alberta, a place that is truly as beautiful as everyone says it is! At the regional, we were honoured to receive our second Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award of the year and were delighted to build connections with many of the teams.
One team in particular that touched the hearts of our members was Team 4625. After struggling through build season, Team 4625 had become a team of one man, Hermon, who had fought to make it to this regional and to keep the team alive. Unfortunately as a team of one, Hermon did not have enough members to make up a drive team. Inspired by his story, SWAT 771, along with “The RoboDawgs” (Teams 214, 244, and 288) and “Qwerty” (Team 3278), worked to help Herman through qualifying matches, and proudly watched as he made his way to the quarterfinals. Without a doubt, it is clear to see that this regional helped all our girls learn about the true meaning of FIRST.
The second regional SWAT attended during the 2013 season was the Greater Toronto West Regional (March 28-30). We are pleased and humbled that both individuals from our team as well as the team as a whole were recognized by the judges on both Friday and Saturday afternoons.
On Friday night we congratulated our mentor, Mrs. Sils, for receiving the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. The next day the journey ended for our robot in qualification matches. However, later on that afternoon one of our co-captains, Ankita Sharma, was selected as a FIRST Dean’s List Finalists for GTRW. We also took home our third Regional Chairman’s Award, which qualified us to go to the 2013 FIRST Championships in St. Louis! We had so much fun at the regional but we couldn’t have done it without the always amazing team of judges, volunteers and of course, our mentors and parents. We hope to see everyone again at the 2014 GTRW!
This year SWAT 771 attended the New York City Regional. We came home feeling very proud of how far we had gotten as a team, as we ended the qualification matches with a record of 7-1-0. As a result, we became alliance captains of the 4th seed alliance. With team 522 The Robo Wizards,and team 514 Miller Place Robotics we entered quarter finals, where after a good fight, the regional ended for our robot. SWAT was also thrilled to be the recipients of the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award, which recognized the hard work of our business team. It is safe to say that all of the girls had an amazing time, learned a lot, and greatly enjoyed the experience of competing at NYC.