We are a passionate robotics club at Heritage Woods Secondary School, located in Port Moody, BC, Canada.
Since our humble beginning in 2016, we have inspired many at HWSS to pursue their passion in robotics. We started off competing in FIRST Robotics (FRC) and VEX Robotics with only a handful of teams. We started off strong in VEX, heading to provincials in the first season and put up a solid fight in FRC.
The seasons pass with the same results. Get into provincials in VEX, and more or less the same with FRC with us getting into the quarterfinals of Regionals. After the founders of the club graduated in 2019, we started to focus on VEX since we got an influx of new members this season.
Syntechs has always been student-led. Everything from the workshops to acquiring sponsors. We have passionate people helping out the club. Teachers supervise and guide us (thank you Mr. Zhuang and Ms. Lee!) and they always encourage us to lead the club on our own.
Tower Takeover was our best season to date. We won 13 awards, and it took lots of hard work and perseverance to get us there. From rookie to senior teams, we did outstanding in competitions, and five of our six teams competed in Provincials! Even though we did not qualify for Worlds, we are proud of our club's amazing leap forward in success.
As a club, working as a team is an important factor in robotics. Last year, we made it a priority to help each other become successful on and off of the field. We participated in RI3D, parent volunteers did workshops on many aspects of creating a successful robotics team, and went to see robotics in action at an automated pharmaceutical production line.
...has already shown to be quite challenging given COVID-19. Over the summer, some teams already started drafting and designing their first iterations of robots for Change Up. In late August, our school district released a statement stating that clubs can continue with proper sanitization and social distancing, however, competing in tournaments is out of the question, whether it happens in or outside the school district.
With no competitions, we face the question of what we should do with the club. During the first few weeks of going back to school, we will have meetings on how the club will adapt and innovate with robotics to keep our club interested and continue their passion for robotics and VEX.
Robotics teams require a diverse team with a variety of skills to be able to create a competition-ready robot. We encourage our fellow students to pursue their hobbies and interests in engineering, programming, and more.
Our club is honestly the best way to get experience in these fields at a young age. It is local, challenging, and more accessible than ever before. Experience is a great asset to have on your post-secondary transcript and resume. All of our graduate students are in post-secondary education, pursuing their passions that flourished in robotics club. Some subjects include mechatronics, computer sciences, design, and engineering.
We couldn't do this without the support of our school for being the first school in SD43 to start a robotics club. The student volunteers have also been amazing at helping set up our fields for our yearly Winter Qualifier. We are very proud to represent our school in VEX and FRC tournaments. Go Kodiaks!