On October 25, 2023, the Pink Titans received the news that they were one of three FIRST teams to receive product sponsorship from Actuonix Motion Devices:
Thanks very much, Actuonix Motion Devices, for your consideration! Actuonix Motion Devices is a robotics company, based in Saanichton, near Victoria, British Columbia. The company makes over 180 different models of micro linear actuators, linear servos, and track actuators. The products are innovative, affordable, and reliable. They can be custom-made as well. Actuonix Motion Devices supports many industries: robotics, aerospace, automotive, medical, radio control; and education, including products and supports for robotics teams and individuals who high goals in pursuit of careers in STEM. Actuonix Motion Devices prides itself on excellent customer service: friendly and knowledge staff, clear and understandable information about the products, and customer-focused shipping services.
Pink Titans mentor grades 4 & 5 girls on coding, building LEGO SPIKE Prime robots, and gender equity in STEM; in acknowledge of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, at Grenoble Public School
On October 12, 2023, the Pink Titans mentored 50 girls in grades 4 and 5 on coding, building the LEGO SPIKE Prime robots, and gender equity in STEM at Grenoble Public School. Each of the Pink Titans mentored two pairs of girls. The girls built the LEGO SPIKE Prime robot, then coded it to follow a line and try the gyro sensor. The pairs of the students programmed the robot to push as many cups out of the square arena as possible in the shortest amount of time. The day ended with the girls of the Pink Titans facilitating a reflection on how scientists are portrayed in society, and how we can change this to reflect more gender equity in science. Thanks so much Ms. Ty-Holland, Ms. Morton, Ms. Arao, Ms. Liu, Ms. Tran, and Principal Pouliot for the opportunity!
Pink Titans compete at the Robots@CNE off-season event, as part of the Canadian National Exhibition, at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.
From September 1 to 3, 2023, the Pink Titans competed at the Robots@CNE off-season event, as part of the Canadian National Exhibition at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. Twenty-six robots, including second robots from a few teams and robots from pre-rookie teams, participated. The Pink Titans received the help from students of other FRC teams, including 6135, 865, and 5406, to get the robot repaired and operational. The team finished the qualification rounds in 19th place. In the elimination rounds, the team was the second pick of the eighth alliance; thanks to the alliance captain FRC 7520 - Team MineKee and FRC 5834b - R3P2.
Among the highlights of the weekend was meeting Ms. Horner and Ms. Silke, executive members of the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma. The organization has a major sponsor of the Pink Titans since 2016. Ms. Horner and Ms. Silke met the students and cheered on the team. Thanks FIRST Robotics Canada and the Canadian National Exhibition for the opportunity to compete!
From July 10 to 28, 2023, the Pink Titans hosted a pilot summer camp, using the robotics platform of the FIRST LEGO League - Challenge, at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute (DMTCI). Over 85 students in grades 4 to 8 participated. The Pink Titans, along with students from FRC 6135 and FTC 19500, completed the summer camp curriculum by FIRST Robotics Canada. Students learned how to build a programmable robot using the LEGO SPIKE Prime, then program it to complete basic commands, including the use of sensors. Pairs of students completed missions challenges from the 2022-23 SUPERPOWERED season. Students competed on the last day, with the elimination-style playoffs and final matches on display for the parents. Thanks Principal Awara, the summer school staff at DMTCI, FIRST Robotics Canada, and McCall MacBain for the opportunity!
Pink Titans mentor elementary-level students on coding at the summer school program at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
From July 10 to 27, 2023, the Pink Titans mentored students in grades four and five on coding and robotics. The opportunity was a part of the summer school program for elementary-level students, at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute (DMTCI). The Pink Titans, with students from FRC 6135 and FTC 19500, constructed and implemented programs for the young students, using the coding & robotics platforms. Students used the Phidgets platform with soil moisture sensors to determine the moisture content of the soil, growing certain crops in the Thomson Urban Farm. Students also used the Phidgets, plus the CyberPi platform, to code an avatar to make unique movements on the screen. Furthermore, students used the Codey Rocky platform to control a robot to navigate an obstacle course. Thanks Principal Awara and the summer school staff at DMTCI for the opportunity!
Pink Titans coach students on coding and building hand-held robots in the Grade 8 Reach Ahead program at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute
On July 14 and 21, 2023, the Pink Titans coached students on coding and building hand-held robots, as part of the Grade 8 Reach Ahead program at David & Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute. The Pink Titans, with students from FRC 6135 and FTCV 19500, helped the grade eight students code the mBot to be controlled by the keyboard and avoid obstacles. Thanks Mr. Barrie and Mme. Clifford for the opportunity!
Pink Titans participate in training sessions for hosting summer camps, using the platform of the FIRST LEGO League-Challenge
On July 5 and 6, 2023, the Pink Titans participated in the training sessions for hosting 30-hour summer camps, using the platform of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge. Over the two days, the Pink Titans learned how to implement the 30-hour curriculum of the summer camp. The students walked through the curriculum by assuming the role of the camp participants; the students coded, built, and reiterated on the design of the LEGO SPIKE Prime robot to perform challenges from the 2022-2023 SUPERPOWERED season. The training prepared the Pink Titans for hosting the pilot summer camp in July, then the mandatory summer camp in late August. Thanks Holy Name of Mary College School for hosting the training sessions! Thanks FIRST Robotics Canada for the opportunity!