Who are we?
We are FRC Team 2994, the ASTECHZ, a community-based competitive robotics team from Kanata, Ontario. Our rookie year was in 2009, and we’ve been competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition ever since.
Team 2994 began in September 2006 as an after-school club with the goal of designing and building a robot to compete in the Ontario Skills Competition. With only four students and one mentor, the team saw limited success in its first season. With a greater determination than ever and a few more members, the team placed eighth in the province in its second year of competition at Ontario Skills. In September 2009 Rolling Thunder, now known as The ASTECHZ, mentored by Team 1053, competed in our inaugural season with the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. With limited resources but with much determination, we ended the competition in forty-third place out of fifty-three teams, a successful showing for our little rookie team. Last season, we represented Ottawa and Ontario at the FIRST World Championships in Detroit, and were recognized as having one of the top safety programs in Ontario.
This season, our team transitioned from a school-based team to community-based. This change was made to open up opportunities for students from other schools to be able to experience FIRST Robotics. Our current team consists of students in grades 9-12 students representing 5 different schools. Not only does our team design, program & build a 120lb robot, create safety programs, and write business plans, we also inspire and teach the next generation of young innovators about STEM and their possible impact on the future. We teach students skills in areas like communication, problem-solving, allowing them to go anywhere and do anything they could dream of.
Our team is very safety-focused, operating award-winning programs including our safety passports, first-aid initiatives, mental health promotion, and of course, the safety packages that we hand out at each competition. Last season we won the Safety Award at the Durham College and North Bay District Events, as well the Ontario Provincial Championship, recognizing us as one of the top teams in Ontario with regards to Safety.