May 08

World Championships!

At the World Championship in St. Louis,Team Dave took home the Tesla Division banner, won the Xerox Creativity Award, and our alliance placed 5th overall in the Einstein final rounds.


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Jan 21

2018 Week 2

With all of our preliminary prototyping done, Team Dave’s shop has been pretty quiet this past week! However, there’s still been plenty going on behind the scenes! Our design team has been hard at work creating the CAD model for this year’s robot, working with resources from previous year’s designs as well as our prototypes to have everything optimized and finalized. As it nears completion, we’ll be sending it off to one of our primary sponsors who will laser cut the sheet metal for our chassis. As soon as it arrives, our mechanical team will be hard at work assembling it!

Meanwhile, the software team has set up the framework code for the year, using the prototype drivetrain and intake as a test vehicle. They’ll be continuing to make refinements and teach rookie students over the next week.

The admin team is continuing to take long strides, completing several drafts of the Chairman’s essay and beginning work on our Woodie Flowers submission. We’ve also started to update our Business Plan and Chairman’s Booklet documents so we can have prepared resources for all our competitions. Over the next week, we plan to start our Chairman’s video script.

Over the weekend, we also helped build a full practice field at the Kitchener Google office, along with teams 2702 – Rebels (Kitchener), 4678 – Cybercavs (Breslau), 4917 – Sir Lancerbot (Elmira), and 2609 – Beaverwork (Guelph). We’re excited to be able to have this resource be so close this year!


A quiet shop does NOT mean a quiet team! We can’t wait to see how next week will progress!_MG_4430_MG_4373_MG_4449

Jan 15

2018 Week 1

FIRST PowerUp is officially here, and Team Dave is already hard at work! Our season started off with the Waterloo Kickoff event at Woodland Christian High School on January 6th. A few of our experienced team mentors lead seminars in the hours leading up to the big reveal. Once the game was released, we broke into groups to read the rules and get acquainted with the game. Before long, we came back together as a team to discuss strategy and how we wanted to play the game.

The next day, we met at the University of Waterloo to consider robot design ideas and make a plan for build season. Mentors and experienced students lead small groups to brainstorm combinations of mechanisms before we came back together to share our ideas and decide on a design.

The rest of the week has been prototype after prototype! We’re continuously iterating and re-iterating to find the designs that work best so we can finalize them in the CAD of the robot. The design team will be hard at work this upcoming week putting the robot together in Solidworks while the mechanical and electrical teams will keep on prototyping until sheet metal arrives!

Meanwhile, the awards team has begun the season with a blistering start, writing the entire first draft of the Chairman’s as well as completing the first revision! We’re excited to keep working on it and begin the video and presentation scripts as week 2 rolls in. We’ve also chosen our Woodie Flowers nominee and are planning to start writing the submission in the near future.

On a final note, we held a quick scouting meeting this afternoon to discuss which metrics and data points we want to scout at competitions this year. Plus, we’ve started working on our database and also started brainstorming ways to organize a possibly updated scouting sheet.

All in all, our first week was as successful as any! We’re loving this game and are excited to see where next week brings us! To keep up with us daily, you can follow us on Instagram at @team3683!


(Don’t worry, we’ll add pictures to this real soon!)

Apr 20

Ontario District Championships

Team Dave competed at the Ontario District Championships at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, over the long weekend of April 13th to the 15th. By competing over the course of 2 1/2  days of qualifications and a day of playoffs our team managed to earn enough ranking points to steam line us to World Champs in Saint Louis!


On the teams’ first day of district champs our team was seeded low but climbed high in rank.We played at District Champs our 11 qualification matches with the 60 top Ontario teams.We started off after 22 matches in 53rd place and ended  our last day in 5th place. The stadium was packed and full of pep, although we had a rough start we still managed to finish this challenging race with a high rank. We began the day by asking teams 5406 The Celt-X and 5024 Raider Robotics, to join our alliance. We competed in the elimination round but unfortunately lost in quarter finals. But thankfully we overcame this challenge thanks to all of our hard work at our other district event fighting hard to gather up enough ranking points to qualify for World Championships in St Louis Missouri.  Our total District points put us in 12th place and the top 27 teams move on. Our team gave an amazingly strong performance and was recognized by many judges which the students really deserved.



Apr 01

Waterloo District

Team Dave competed at the historically competitive Waterloo District Event on March 24th and 25th, and piled up enough district points to secure at a spot at the Ontario District Championship!IMG_0543

In the first match of the competition, Team Dave once again got off to a strong start, winning 160-145. Throughout qualifications, we recorded the first four-rotor match in Canada with teams 5426 and 4917 (another local team from Elmira, Ontario), and the first match with 4 ranking points match in Canada with teams 4476 and 1114. We also had a few laughs about “spicy ketchup” — the emcee’s playful nickname for our drive coach, Rishi. After all 12 qualification matches were done, Team Dave was proud to have seeded fourth, behind only 2056, 1114, and 5912, a serious improvement from our 13th overall seeding at the Durham Event 3 weeks earlier.IMG_0091

Captaining the third alliance, we were very excited to select our local friends 4678 — Cybercavs, from Breslau, Ontario. With our second pick, we happily selected team 4814 — Incubator, from London, Ontario. Due to our skilled human players, we had an ace up our sleeve — a two-rotor auto which gave us a 20 point edge in nearly any situation at the beginning of the teleop period.


The Chairman’s team pulled off another successful presentation which essentially smoothed up everything we missed at the Durham event (literally and figuratively, as we applied a little lube to the Chairman’s board to make it turn beautifully!).


We entered quarterfinals against the 6th alliance consisting of teams 3161 — Tronic Titans, 4936 — Viral Vortex, and local team 2702 — Rebels. from Kitchener. Our alliance was able to cruise through with two back-to-back wins to make it into the semifinals. Here we met a persistent 2nd alliance of 4525 — Renaissance Robotics, 5912 — Heritage Robotics, and 4903 — Mustangs. Once again, Team Dave was able to move on with two 290+ point matches.


In finals, we met the most successful combination in FIRST history: 2056 — OP Robotics and 1114 — Simbotics. The energy in the stands was incredible after we appeared to win the first match, but unfortunately we were informed that the match would have to be replayed due to a field fault. In this replay, our two-rotor auto was unsuccessful and we dropped the match 330-308. However, we were able to bounce back in the second match, winning 290-334. In the beginning of the tiebreaker match, our alliance’s two-rotor auto barely worked, only to have the match fog-horned due to another field fault. During the true final, the two rotor auto failed, both 4678’s and our gear mechanisms broke, and we were only 4678 was able to climb. As a result, we lost 398-175.IMG_0291

In addition to the being the finalists, Team Dave also picked up the Industrial Design Award. Plus, driver and student build lead Danny Faryna was named one of the Dean’s List semifinalists. We’d like to congratulate 1114, 2056, and 6481 — Deus Ex Machina, for winning the event, as well as 4525 for winning the Chairman’s Award.

Team Dave will be competing at the Ontario District Championship in Mississauga, Ontario on April 13th to 15th. If we pull off a good enough showing there, and place in the top 27 overall in the district, we will be headed to the St. Louis World Championship April 27th to 29th.




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