FRC team #4688 was created in 2013, here at St. Anne’s. After the 2013 season, the team was shut down and did not resume until September of 2015 (FIRST STRONGHOLD). The team had a complete rehaul and was practically a rookie team again. It was officially named ‘Saints Bot’ and was re-registered on the FIRST website as an active team. We purchased new tools, technology, equipment, etc., and had to find some mentors to assist us with this daunting task. Luckily, some willing parents decided to help out and they were a crucial part of our 2015/2016 season’s success. We competed at the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Regional in April of 2016, and finished 6th out of 52 teams, making us the highest-ranked team in Windsor-Essex County.
2016/2017 – FIRST STEAMWORKS
For the 2016/2017 season (FIRST STEAMWORKS), we had some experience under our belt which we were able to carry into the season and help us continue and build our team. During that season, Ontario was turned into a District Competition system, which was an obstacle that we had to adapt to. We acquired a few more mentors, as well as more sponsors. We attended the Durham College District Event, as well as the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Event where we placed 11th and 12th respectively. In Windsor, we won the Gracious Professionalism award, which was the first award we won as a team. We were very proud of the 2016/2017 season and still are to this day.
2017/2018 – FIRST POWER UP
For the 2017/2018 season (FIRST POWER UP), which we were very excited for. We acquired many new team members as well as many new mentors. Our build season was quite a rush near the end with a final crunch. We attended the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes Event, which we placed 24th. Then we attended the Western University, Engineering event, which we did amazingly well at. We ended up winning the event, as well as winning the Quality award and Safety award, giving us a total of 74 district points, placing us 17th in Ontario. We then moved onto the Ontario Provincial Championships in the Technology division. We finished 13th in our division with an 8-4-0 record. Unfortunately, we did not make the playoffs, ending our season there, missing the world championships by 4 district points.
2018/2019 – FIRST DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE
Most recently, we competed in the 2018/2019 season, Destination: Deep Space – Presented by The Boeing Company. Being our fourth year as a team, this season was very well done due to the amount of experience we had gained from the past three years. Saints Bot was in attendance at the Georgian College District Event, where we placed 14th with a record of 7-8-0, the Windsor-Essex Great Lakes District event, where we placed fifth with a record of 10-7-0, and the Ontario District Provincial Championship, where we placed 11th with a record of 9-6-0. Overall for the 2018/2019 season, Saints Bot had a record of 26-21-0 and finished 29th in the province.