On April 5, 2014, Team 2056 went to the Windsor Essex Great Lakes Regional and finished second overall among 40 teams with 10 wins and 1 loss during the qualification round. OP Robotics was picked first by Team 1114, Governor Simcoe School from St. Catharines, and the alliance was completed with Team 5288, Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School from London, Ontario.
Team 2056 would like to recognize Chairman’s Award student presenter Kailey Bastarache (student lead), Lauren Field and Joel Pink. The student presenters put forth two valiant efforts in trying to attain the most prestigious award at two robotic competitions this year by clearly communicating the merits of giving back to the Stoney Creek community.
Team 2056 held a clothing drive with the Diabetes Foundation and food drives with the Winona Firefighters. Students from the team held LEGO robotics outreach events at the St CatharinesHamilton YMCA and at feeder schools Winona Public School and Mountain View Public School.
Student lead, Heidi Poca and her student team members spent Saturday afternoons at the Saltfleet public library during the month January of 2014 inspiring and motivating grade school age children in robotics.
Orchard Park Robotics team won the Delphi engineering excellence award (the award celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature) for its unique baselock functionality that enables the robot to catch a ball even after getting hit by another robot. The baselock functionality was conceptualized by team mentors Tyler Holtzman and Tarjote Chaggar with implementation of the concept completed by student lead programmer John Muchynski.
Team 2056 is heading to the world championships in St. Louis later this month to compete with 400 of the best robotic teams from around world. OP Robotics would like to thank all the sponsors for their support without the sponsors the students could do nothing.