Established September 2018
Machine Mavericks is Kingston’s newest FIRST
Robotics team. Our team is made up of
students from four different high schools and community organizations. It prides itself on being the creation of two female students and actively strives for parity in STEM fields.
We currently have 11 females and 10 males, and are continuing to recruit new members.
What makes us Unique
We Prioritize Gender Parity in STEM
Machine Mavericks believes that young women
and men learning to work together is of great
value to the 21st century workplace.
We Have an In-House Machine Shop
Machine Mavericks is the only team in Kingston
with an in-house machine shop which allows
students hands-on training and experience in
an industrial setting. It also allows for a complete
approach to a build-test-rebuild cycle in a time
What does a FIRST Robotics Season look like?
The Machine Mavericks use the fall season to practice machining, software development, CAD, safety protocols, team organization and non-profit business development.
They are preparing for a grueling six week build season beginning the first week of January where they will put their STEM skills to the ultimate test: build a robot that works!
The 2020 competition game Infinite Recharge (sponsored by Star Wars) is released on January 5. Teams will have exactly SIX WEEKS to design, build, program and test a 120 lb. robot.
During this period, students dedicate every moment possible outside of school to crank out the best possible robot that can perform challenges described in the competition. The process of creation, experimentation, revision and documentation is tough and exacting.
With a final working robot in the bag, teams launch out to provincial competitions where hundreds of teams and thousands of team members and families come to view the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”. In addition to the physical competition, a team must be fully prepared to explain to judges how they organized themselves and built their robot. (Watch Canadian Rick Mercer’s 6 minute segment on the robots in action.)
The goal is to have a robot that can make it to World Championships!
A community robotics team needs LOTS of mentors to give hands on help to students. We are always in need of mentors for: machining, programming, WHMIS Safety and business development. We also need mentors in business skills, fundraising, and presentation skills. Mentors volunteer 3-12 hours a week helping out; maybe more during the build season starting January. We can't thank our mentors enough!
If you, or someone you know, would like to mentor, we'd love to talk with you more!
Our Amazing Parent Volunteers
THANK YOU PARENTS: We simply could not function without all of the help from team parents! Thanks go out to the parents for their help with dinners, donations, recruiting, sponsorships, driving, fan support and tons of good faith.