FIRST Robotics Competition
The Lisgar Robotics Club was founded in 2016, joining the FIRST Robotics Competition for the 2017-2018 competition season as Team 7267. The Lisgar Robotics Club is the school team of Lisgar Collegiate Institute, an English public high school in downtown Ottawa, Canada. Prior to joining FIRST, the team participated in the IEEE Robotics Competition, ECOO computing competition, and various outreach activities promoting robotics and STEM activities. The team continues to participate in many of these activities in addition to FIRST. Currently, the team has 22 members, growing from approximately 10 members in previous years.
The team made the decision to join the FIRST Robotics Competition in late 2017, with the students surprising their teachers by applying for the FIRST Rookie Grant and registering the team with little assistance. The team successfully sought additional funding from Carleton University and the Lisgar Alumni Association. The limited time between registration and build made approaching additional sponsors difficult, limiting the budget for robot parts, tools and supplies. The robot was designed to maximize resources, and tools were borrowed when possible to allow limited funds to be spent on parts.
The Lisgar Robotics Club is the first and currently only FIRST team in Downtown Ottawa, and currently the only team in Urban Ottawa. It is the second team in the English-public Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, joining Team 4783 from Longfields-Davidson Heights SS. The Lisgar Robotics club joins teams 2706, 2994 and 4783 to become the fourth FRC team currently operating in Ottawa.
A major challenge for the team is the lack of a technical education program at Lisgar, and the corresponding lack of tools, shops and knowledge. As the team began the build season with limited funds, the robot was fabricated with borrowed tools, in the school basement. The robot design takes this into account, using off-the-shelf parts and only requiring a drill, hacksaw and rotary tool for assembly. As the team’s funding increased through the build season, additional tools and supplies were purchased, expanding the team’s capabilities for future years.