F.E Madill’s robotics club hosted a thank you night for their community sponsors who, through their generous donations, provided the club with funding that allowed them to compete – and thrive – in the provincial FIRST Robotics competition.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Ryan Johnson, teacher and Robotics Club lead at F.E Madill, along with the student robotics team hosted a thank you dinner for their community sponsors where they showed off the robot used to compete at the provincial competition. The money donated to the robotics club was used for entry fee’s for competitions, travel expenses, and for building and programming the robot.
Some may think that a team like this would be at a disadvantage coming from a small community like Wingham, especially when some of the teams competing have up to three times their budget. Despite the odds, their can-do attitude and determination impressed many at provincials and earned the respect of their fellow competitors.
Before the provincial matches started the Madill team discovered that they were using an older motor that was no longer on the pre-approved list of equipment. Another team was so inspired by the Madill team’s story that they gifted them one of their spare motors as a professional courtesy. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
The robotics team at F.E Madill will be competing again in 2020 and hopes to continue the passion for robotics and computer programming well into the future.