“Our goal is to develop, inspire, and nurture an environment based on critical thinking, problem solving, rigour, perseverance, and excellence. By creating a sustainable robotics program, we aim to develop a continuous stream of leaders for the 21st century and beyond.”
Team 4939, AllSpark9, was founded in 2013 at Central Peel Secondary School. Starting as a small group of students interested in STEM education, it was led by Mr. Anthony Griffith and Mr. Kevin Ali, Science teachers at Central Peel. Today, we have 100 students, of which approximately 60% are female. All of the students attend Central Peel Secondary School, which is located in Brampton. Students on the team regularly spend days after school and weekends working on our initiatives and building our robot, both at Central Peel and Rick Hansen Secondary School in Mississauga. Our team thrives on student-led and mentor-assisted practices. By splitting the team into small sub-teams like CAD (Computer Assisted Design), Programming, Electrical, Pneumatics, and Business, this allows for an increase of success across the board, achieved by the team.
treating everyone with the utmost respect and giving genuine encouragement
WINNERS OF THE 2019 GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM AWARD
a strong, but respectful way of competing in events, a method in aiding others, regardless of whether they are a fellow peer or a rival team member
LAST SEASON ACHIEVEMENTS AND OUTREACH (2018-2019)
This season was by far the most memorable for Team 4939: Allspark9. We stepped up to the challenge and truly 'blasted off' into deep space! We won three prestigious awards this season for our outreach, and set the stage for more amazing years to come.
In terms of competition, we competed at the Humber District Competition where we won the Gracious Professionalism award for our values of inclusion and encouragement. We were semi-finalists, alliance captains, nominated our mentor for Woodie Flowers, and had our Dean's List candidate recognized, among other achievements. We moved on to the Ryerson District Competition, where we were again semi-finalists and won the highly coveted Engineering Inspiration award for our work in the community. We are thankful for our sponsors who allowed us to compete at Provincials, where we were again semi-finalists in the Science division. Thanks to the hard work of our team, we won the Engineering Inspiration award again, this time giving us direct admission to the World Championships! We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for giving us this opportunity for the third time in a row. The collaboration and true family dynamic of our team allowed us to succeed, and we hope to continue to inspire members of our community to get involved in STEM.
Our outreach initiatives this year were what truly allowed us to thrive in FIRST. The organization is about more than robots, and we took that to heart this year. We worked with other FRC teams and organizations in the GTA to engage and educate youth. One of our biggest initiatives was the SPARK Hackathon with 150 high school students from across the GTA coming together to create innovative solutions. Our Sparkin' STEM Conference invited 80 students from middle schools near us to learn about resilience, careers in STEM, and empowerment. We also hosted polycultural workshops with FRC Team 1241, started 3 FIRST Lego League teams, hosted the Peel Empowering Modern Learners conference, and volunteered at ErinoakKids. These are just some of the ways Team 4939 has started the spark in our community!