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Microsoft Team of the Week – Team 5031

Microsoft has generously offered grants for teams across Canada in 2017. During the months of January, February, and March, we’re highlighting Microsoft-sponsored teams!

We talked to Downsview Robotics Team 5031 and asked them a few questions about the season so far.

FIRST Robotics Canada: How do you feel about the 2017 game?

Team 5031: Team 5031 is a very young team. We have competed for only 3 years. Last year our team was struggling with programming. Downsview High School does not have Java programming classes so this year we sent our students to Runnymede C.I. to get trained. Training was provided from September to December on the weekends. The grade 9 students were provided opportunities to work on the previous years’ robots. They became familiar with electronics, pneumatics, driving and designing of the robots. We competed at Fall Fiesta held at Victoria Park Collegiate where students were introduced to the rules and regulations of the tournament.

FIRST: What about the game are you most excited for?

5031: This year we are more confident with programming of the robot. We are learning how to design and build the robot with confidence and we are trying new electronics such as motor controllers, Talon SRX, limiters on the motors and pneumatics to controls the various parts.

FIRST: What makes your team unique?

5031: Team 5031 is very small team which allows us to be organized. We have recruited ten Grade 9 students to our team this season and we even recruited three graduated students to mentor our team. We have two professional engineers who are helping us with designing the robot. The team has the support of our administration team who are paying for the permit, food for the students and are providing TTC tickets to the students for daily transportation. The most important strength of team 5031 is our students. They love to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition team and are ready for meetings before school, at lunch time, after schools and on the weekends.

FIRST: What events are your team attending this year?

5031: We are competing are at two tournaments this year. The first tournament is during the first week of March at Durham College and the second tournament is during the third week of March at Victoria Park Collegiate.

FIRST: How has the Microsoft grant helped your team so far?

5031: The Microsoft grant was used pay for tournament fees. This allowed us to pay for equipment to build the robot and allowed us to pay for the transportation for students to attend workshops.

Thanks, Team 5031! FIRST and Microsoft wish you the best of luck this season.