Our Outreach

Outreach

FIRST Team 781 acts upon opportunities to connect and support the communities around us, whether they are local or international. We are always looking for a chance to spread the message of FIRST, and we participate in many community events to help achieve that. We create a partnership with other groups and organizations to make our area a safer, more connected, and environmentally friendly place to live. However, it doesn't stop there! We work alongside major relief organizations to assist those who live overseas and need our help. Our team is always striving to reach out to even the smallest of towns in our surrounding area and spark the spirit of anyone, whether individuals or entire businesses!

Throughout the summer and off-season, the Kinetic Knights can be found at all types of different community events demonstrating our robots. Whether it's one of our donor's events such as the Bruce Power Beach Party or one of our own, like our annual Open House, FIRST Team 781 is ready and willing to teach the public about how exciting science and technology can be with the FIRST program. We also bring along an FLL robot to demonstrate and encourage our younger visitors to join FIRST too. Each year the Kinetic Knights reach tens of thousands of people at our public events and through media coverage.

Thankful for the generous support from the community we live in, we do our part by giving back to our community either by raising donations or by volunteering our time. Team 781 has connected with other organizations to improve the lives of children in other countries, those affected by illness, and even by just making a drive to work more bearable by planting trees that will act as a barrier against drifting snow.

View the document we use to plan our events here.

Since spring 2013, the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation has invited the Kinetic Knights to their annual Meet & Greet.

This event is for the business owners and leaders of area to come out to network and hear about the exciting new business developments of the town. This is also an event that new prospective business owners, young entrepreneurs and investors come to see the opportunities that Kincardine provides. This event was started to help businesses create new partnerships and maintain the old ones. Every year, Team 781 have attended with the robot and the awards to share with the business community their recent accomplishments and business plans. In 2014, members of Team 781 also made a presentation about the program and FIRST.

Every year, Huron Heights Public School holds a science fair for students to create projects and research topics revolving around the world of science, math and technology. This gave students the opportunity to take control over their own learning experience and indulge in their favourite topics. 

In the past, the Kinetic Knights were invited to join in the celebration of science and technology by setting up a display and robot demo. Parents and students drove the robot, asked questions, and were informed on how they could get involved with the FLL program that is run at Huron Heights. It was cool for the aspiring students to see what a group of highschool students could do, and what they could look forward to learning about in the up and coming years. 

However, on February 18, 2015, the senior members of Team 781 got the opportunity to work alongside STEM professionals in the community, judging science fair projects. This was a great opportunity for our team to encourage the young science and technology leaders to explore the science, technology and mathematics in their own lives. These students surpassed any expectations, and it was a true honor to be a part of this experience. We hope to continue judging in future years. 

Port Elgin’s Pumpkinfest is one of Ontario's Top 100 Events, which attracts approximately 50 000 people each year. The Kinetic Knights were lucky enough to be invited to display and demo our robot to the crowds at the weekend-long event. Our robot frequently intrigues the visitors to Pumpkinfest and overwhelming crowds assemble because they get a chance to drive our robot. This is always a fantastic opportunity to spread the message of FIRST to a vast amount of tourists from all over North America.

2014 stratford airportEvery year, the Perth County Flying Club hosts a fly-in breakfast at the Stratford Airport to raise money for the Stratford General Hospital.  Many people from Kincardine travel to Stratford for cancer treatment.  This was an opportunity to support the Stratford Hospital and demonstrate FIRST Robotics programs for the Stratford community.  Stratford is about 2 hours drive from Kincardine and is one of the closest large urban cities.  The event was on Saturday June 8, 2014 and was attended by about 800 people.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Tiverton Fall Fair, the Kinetic Knights were invited to the two-day event and set up a miniature field for people to drive the robot. Even with the excitement of a rock wall, a wrestling match, and the classic mid-way, the Kinetic Knights still stood out from the rest of the crowd with our bright green shirts as well as the unique opportunity to drive the robot. Team 781 used this chance to speak to the public about what we do and FIRST.

On July 26, 2014, the Kinetic Knights went to the Wingham Jets Airshow; the biggest model airshow in Canada, with their trusty robot, Moose. At the Jet Show, plane enthusiasts got to drive the robot and learn all about a different use of Science, Technology and Math. It was great to see people of all ages enjoy all of the fun aspects of STEM, while enjoying the beautiful summer weather. 

 

terryfoxConsidered a hero to Canadians, Terry Fox is remembered each year when people all over the world participate in a charity run to celebrate his life. In 1980, after losing a leg to cancer, Terry Fox began his cross-Canada run, dubbed the “Marathon of Hope," to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Although Terry was unable to complete his run after the cancer had spread to his lungs and he died shortly after, but his spirit and determination have lifted the hearts of Canadians.

The Kinetic Knights are honoured to be invited to the Kincardine Terry Fox Run year after year. After joining in the opening ceremonies by having our robot lead the crowd around the Davidson Centre track, team members spread out along the route to run the water stations. This is just one of the ways we show our appreciation to volunteers and organizers who put so much effort and hard work into the event.

Learn more about the Terry Fox Foundation at their website.

On June 7, 2014, the Kinetic Knights helped plant native species of plants in the storm pond by the Kincardine Sobeys. They planted native Milkweed, New England Aster, Iris, Big Blue Stem Grass and others to help support bees and butterflies. The students worked alongside the Penetangore Watershed Group with their endeavors.  

mill1Team 781 is active in our community at large, but we are also proud contributors to the school our students attend. We demonstrated this quality by assisting Kincardine District Secondary School (KDSS) with the purchase of a new mill for the machine shop. The Kinetic Knights along with KDSS and Bruce Power combined resources to purchase a machine that will be useful for many years to come. The mill will mainly be used by our school's shop program, with the Kinetic Knights also having access to it. The mill is a perfect example of our attempts to bring new technology into the school.

Every fall and spring, Team 781 joins forces with the Kincardine Rotary club to clean up the community, at their bi-annual highway clean up. We pick up garbage and recycling along Highway 21. This allows us to work along side local business leaders and owners, while helping the environment. 

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