We are a group of students between the ages of 14 and 18 who are interested in science and technology. Through participation in robotic competitions we learn about controls, design, manufacturing, programming, business, and marketing. We are supported by mentors and teachers that each offer difference experiences and perspectives.
Team 2994 allows us the unique opportunity to learn and further develop our skills in STEM. We are not just a team, but part of a larger robotics community that involves us in a global competition and is a the next level up from the FLL program (FIRST Lego League). In order to compete, we have access to unique equipment and tools, such as a CNC milling machine, and are guided by experienced mentors, teachers, and older students.
Participation in the team is recognized by post-secondary institutions and provides useful skills for the workforce.
FRC is like a varsity sport. Students face intense challenges and learn fast. They meet once a week during the pre-season and post-season (September-December and February-April), three times a week during their six-week main season (January-February)
All Saints Robotics Team is a group of passionate students, teachers and mentors, with an inspiration for math, science and technology. Their passion is expressed by their unwavering drive to compete and be successful in both the FIRST Robotics and Ontario Skills Robotics Competitions.
Their passion began in September 2006 as a small after school club with a single goal in mind, to design and building a robot to compete in the Ontario Skills Competition. With only four students and one mentor, that goal was achieved and has since been far surpassed. With a greater Determination, more Dedication and a little Duct Tape in their following year the Robotics Team placed eighth in the province at the Ontario Skills Competition.
In September 2009 the All Saints Robotics Team, mentored by Team 1053, competed as a Rookie Team in the FIRST Robotics Competition held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. With limited resources but with much determination the team ended the competition with pride and dignity.
The following year the team decided to develop a new look and feel. After much discussion, in 2010 a new team name and motto was selected, and The ASTECHZ was created. ASTECHZ represents the following, AS stands for All Saints, TECH stands for Technology and Z is a cool way of pluralizing the word. The name ASTECHZ suits us because we are a group of students who are interested and take part in technological courses at our school rather than being in the arts or sports programs. We are the “techies”.
Our motto is “Dedication, Determination, and Duct Tape.” The ASTECHZ much like their watchwords, are a group of dedicated, determined individuals and everyone needs a little duct tape in their life now and then. The success of our team, at our first few competitions was a result of the team’s dedication, determination and yes, the usage of large quantities of duct tape!
The team has seen some extraordinary growth over the past few years and now offers students from grade 7 to 12 the opportunity to participate in three different competitions. FIRST Lego League, and the Ottawa Robotics Competition for Grade 7 and 8 students as well as FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
The success of the team in robotics and its numerous other activities are built by the creativity and productivity of its members, community partners and supporters. With the learning and shaping of young minds that takes place through high school robotics and the FIRST Robotics Competition, an investment in All Saints Robotics, Team 2994 – The ASTECHZ , is an investment in the future.