Iris Robotics 2020 - Operation 'Infinite Recharge'

We are reaching out to the community for sponsorship and support for our high school robotics club, FIRST Robotics Iris #7173. 

We operate out of Garibaldi Secondary School in Maple Ridge, BC. We are a  third-year team formed in 2018.  While the team is student led and relies on the community for mentorship,  guidance, learning and troubleshooting, the team also needs your support for sponsoring the next generation of engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs to engage and create technology that could change the world!

44540910_157829734546327_r.jpegPHOTO:  Our robot 'Guillotine' being repaired at Maple Valley, Washington.

Iris 7173 is a “start-up” team and has a lot of grit from the very beginning. We hope you find our mini-story inspiring as much as these kids have been inspired by the camaraderie and learning they have had thus far.

In late 2017, a small group of students in grades 8 to 10 decided to get together and create a robotics team to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition. Our team, Iris Robotics, was formed, and after six intense weeks of planning, building, and lots of hard work, we had built a robot and were headed off to Victoria to compete. To our surprise, as this was the team's first competition, we won! Iris Robotics became the 2018 Canadian Pacific Regional Champions.  As a result, we traveled to the World Championships in Houston, Texas in April 2018.

Our experiences at Worlds  helped inspire us to continue building robots, learning about science and technology, and connecting to other like-minded students. We have grown and learned immensely since that first year. We are now a team of 26 boys and girls and hope to once again take on the world.

In 2019, we participated in two competitions for Operation Deep Space: once again in Victoria and at the 'Girls Generation' kickoff event in  Maple Valley, Washington. This year, we are fundraising for the same  two tournaments --  but we also have our sites clearly set  (with '2020 Vision') to once again represent our school, our community, our province, and our country at the World Championships.

Community and Family support is vital to our ability to compete and reach our goals. Thank you in advance for any contributions you can make as we compete in 'Infinite Recharge', a Disney-inspired competition that is fun, educational, and extremely challenging.

More about FIRST

What is FIRST Robotics?

FIRST Canada calls it, "The ultimate Sport for the Mind," while high-school student participants call it “The hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense  time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

A few quick facts about FIRST and the Iris Robotics team:

*       75% of FIRST alumni are in a STEM field either as a student or a professional.
*       The average age of our 26 members is 14.
*       Females in FIRST have a dramatically increased understanding of STEM compared to their peers.
*       Iris Robotics has 25% female membership.
*       FIRST alumni are more than twice as likely to enroll in an engineering course in their freshman year.

What now?

Thank you in advance for helping us to reach our goals of completing our 2020 robot and making the world a better place!

For the information of all donors... I, Jeannine Lyotier, mom of Marc and Alec (two participants on the team) and organizer of this page, will be collecting the funds donated in my personal bank account and then delivering the money to the team. I want to assure everyone that 100% of the money donated will go to the team and that I will not be requesting a tax receipt for the funds.

With gratitude, 

The students and families of Iris Robotics 7173

Photo:  BCIT Kickoff Weekend at BCIT and the Drive Train for our new 2020 robot (name TBD).


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Jeannine Lyotier 
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