On June 4, 2022, two members of the Pink Titans participated at FIRST Canada's Girls and Allies Youth Summit, at The Kingsbridge Centre in King City, Ontario. Students from FIRST Robotics Competition teams from across Ontario participated. The students met new peers, learned from mentors about achieving success and managing life's challenges, plus applied skills in communication and team work. Below is a testimonial from one of the members:
I really enjoyed the event. I enjoyed the team building exercises with fellow peers: We thought of a problem relating to autonomous vehicles, designed a product to help solve the problem, and organized a business pitch for the product. We got advice from five women in engineering, plus learned about their personal journeys and struggles being women and women of colour in STEM. Afterwards, we received one-on-one time with six experienced industry professionals for networking. I learned about the importance of participating in extracurriculars such as internships, as well as taking care of your mental and physical health during school. We ended the day with another team building activity where we bought and sold imitation stocks. I was able to practice and improve on communication and teamwork skills, which I think will be useful in every area of my life, especially in academic areas such as our robotics team. Overall, I had an amazing experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity because I learned a lot of useful skills to help me succeed.
Thanks, FIRST Canada and all the volunteers, for exemplifying and supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the community. Thanks for providing the amazing opportunity!
Wed. Apr. 13, 2022 was the International Day of Pink. To help promote the awareness of this day in support of diverse and inclusive communities, the Pink Titans sold pink t-shirts for $15 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to YouthLink, a local organization supporting youth. Over three days, a total of 40 t-shirts were sold to staff at David & Mary Thomson C. I., the school site of the Pink Titans. The Pink Titans thanks everybody for their support of the message, that "together, we are powerful" and nobody needs to overcome challenges alone.
Today, students new to the Pink Titans robotics team began the journey of learning Java programming. The teacher, Marwa Safa, is a graduate of David & Mary Thomson C. I. and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Marwa is currently a software developer, working with BMO. Ten students, mostly grade 9s new to high school-level programming, downloaded the Eclipse and JDK software. Afterwards, the students typed a simple code. The students are excited to be learning Java and thankful to Marwa. The students can't wait until next week for more programming lessons; thanks, Marwa for your time and help!
Aaditya, a graduated student from the Pink Titans in 2020, was featured in the Teacher Spotlight of the latest newsletter for the DataWiz Academy of Data Science. (It's an Ontario accredited private school for teaching data science, offering computer science credits, after-school programs, and summer camps.) Aaditya has been employed part-time on the weekends as an programming and robotics instructor. Aaditya is completing his first year in Computer Science program at the University of Toronto. However, he makes robotics education a part of his schedule. The Pink Titans are very proud of Aaditya for his continued leadership role and passion for teaching younger students.
On October 25, 2019, the Pink Titans mentored girls of the Girls' Equity Group at Eastview Public School. The girls learned to build an mBot, plus program it to be controlled by the keyboard, avoid obstacles, and dance to music. Miigwech Ms. Howie, Mr. Power, Principal Clarke, and Vice-Principal Brown for the opportunity!
On October 20, 2019, the Pink Titans exhibited at Girl Expo Canada. Visitors were able to control the shoot the 2019 competition robot by shooting the cargo ball into the scoring bin. As well, the Pink Titans introduced visitors on coding the mBots. Thanks very much Allison Cepler, Kim Cooper, and CanCode for the opportunity!
On October 11, 2019, the United Nation's International Day of the Girl Child, the Pink Titans mentored 46 Grades 4 and 5 girls from Three Valleys Public School. The girls built and programmed mBots to follow a light, react to obstances, dance to music. Thanks Ms. Tran for the opportunity to celebrate with your students!
On Sept. 26, 2019, the Pink Titans coached Grades 4/5 students from Chester Public School. The students build mBots and programmed them to react to obstacles, plus dance to music. Thank you Ms. Khakoo for the opportunity!
On Sept. 24, 2019, Mr. Kim graciously accepted the invitation to attend a board meeting dinner of the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma (KCCL). He summarized the successful year of the Pink Titans Robotics with much thanks to the gracious sponsorship of the KCCL. Mr. Kim presented President Francisco Coccimiglio with a plaque acknowledging the team's appreciation of the sponsorship. The Pink Titans hopes to have represented the KCCL proudly and looks forward to the continued partnership in the future.