Community Events

Community Events

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.

A Night With Irene Mosley

On September 24, 2014, Team 781 attended A Night with Irene Mosley at the Kincardine Holiday Inn Conference, which was hosted by Team Kincardine. Irene Mosley is a speaker from News Zealand, who is a community activist about the importance of creating beneficial local partnerships.  A member of the Kinetic Knights was also a speakers at the event, talking about the partnerships our team has made and how they have affected the community. 

ABC Gathering

A tradition in Kincardine since 2008, the ABC Gathering brings together approximately 2 500 people at the Kincardine Airport to view classic aeroplanes, bikes, cars and now robots! In August 2011, the Kinetic Knights set up our robot demonstration in a space provided by our mentors Pat and Michelle and spoke to people about our team and FIRST. We even managed to recruit a new mentor, Ryan C, after he saw our team and test-drove the robot.

With the demonstration of our FLL robot as well, younger visitors were excited to join FLL in the fall when we spoke to them and their parents about how they too could get involved.

BIA Street Market

Team 781 joined the festivities of the BIA (Kincardine Business Improvement Area) Summer Street Markets on August 3, 2014. This was a fun filled event with shopping, entertainment, food and local artists. Team 781 was a part of the "Entertainment Crew" by playing games with the Ultimate Assist robot and game pieces. Children also got to navigate an obstacle course with the robot. It was an extremely successful event with thousands of town residences and tourists crowding the streets. 

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Center

Since the summer 2013, members of Team 781 have traveled to Bruce County Museum and Cultural Center in Southampton, Ontario. We have been the main attraction at the museum by hosting our very own robotics exhibit. We were invited to the museum because we are changing the culture around science and mathematics by actively involving people of all ages in the fun and exciting aspects of technology. We continued to participate at the museum in the summer of 2014, on July 30, 2014 and August 6, 2014.

On March 21, 2015, the Kinetic Knights hosted events for children on their March Break. They got the opportunity to "play" with a robot and build amazing creations with Lego building blockers. 

Bruce Power Beach Party

Our title donor and founder, Bruce Power, holds an annual beach party for the community. Attendance is usually between 5,000 and 10,000, with much of the surrounding communities taking part in the festivities. Every year, the Kinetic Knights can be found demonstrating our most recent robot. Our exhibit is traditionally a sensation with guests of the beach party. Crowds constantly gather around to get a chance to drive the robot, and we use this opportunity to share the values of FIRST and what our team is all about. The Beach Party is a perfect opportunity for people of all ages to come together and share their love of science and technology. 

The 2014 event was held on July 12, 2014 in Port Elgin, Ontario. 

Chamber of Commerce Gala

In February 2015, Kinetic Knights were nominated for a Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Award: Enbridge Quality of Life Award, along with Areva and the Kincardine Health Team. It was an honour to be nominated alongside with all of the incredible individuals and businesses. This award is presented to an individual, business or non-profit organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life of a person, group or organization in the community.  

On March 21, 2015, two members and a mentor attended the Chamber of Commerce Gala, with a speech in hand. At the event, they socialized with business and charity leaders and had a wonderful dinner. After dinner, the awards were given out, Oscar style. The award's criteria was defined, the nominations were announced along with the reason for each nomination, then the winner was disclosed. Each winner got a beautiful trophy, and certificates signed by the MP and MPP. We are so honoured to be presentated the Quality of Life Award. 

Doors Open Kincardine

In 2014, members of Team 781 helped their founding sponsor, Bruce Power at the Annual Doors Open Kincardine event. Every year, businesses and home owners open their buildings up for tours. This allows visitors and fellow community members to see and appreciate all of the aspects the their beautiful town. The Kinetic Knights helped provide tours for community members of the Bruce Power Training Center. 

In 2015, Team 781 will be hosting their own exhibit in the Door Open Event, alongside the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative. The Lake Huron Learning Center will be open up for tours so the community can see all of the classrooms that offer post-secondary education to local residences and workshops of the Kinetic Knights Robotics Team.  

Energy Solutions Expo

During the summers of 2005 – 2007, the Kinetic Knights assisted a local expo targeted at promoting alternative energies in the area. Each of those years the Kinetic Knights created a theme-appropriate, two-day LEGO® Challenge for students attending the expo to take part in. The challenge was responsible for bringing in several schools to compete. The first year had 50 students participating and grew to over 100 students participating in 2007. Additionally, the team had a booth set up with our robot and information about our team and FIRST. We used this opportunity to spread awareness of the FRC and FLL programs as well as to encourage alternative energy.

Fun in the Park

In the summer of 2013, the Kinetic Knight set up a stand at the Rotary fun in the park. We set up a small Ultimate Ascent game field in the morning, and by afternoon, we’d gotten our practice robot’s network code working. Kincardinites of every age got the exciting opportunity to drive our robot around an obstacle course, and even score some goals! A fun time was had by all.

Governor General's Leadership Conference

In the summer of 2008, the Kinetic Knights were honoured with presenting our robot, team, and the message of FIRST at a Governor General’s Leadership Conference held at Bruce Power. At this event, the team talked with many different business leaders from all over Canada, with representation from every province, about our team and the impact that FIRST can have on a community. We also got the chance to demonstrate a couple of robots and assisted those attending on driving them. Many of the business leaders who took the time to participate described our presentation of as both powerful and inspiring.

Grade 8 Days

In the beginning of the school year, Team 781 hosts information sessions at KDSS to talk about the team, we talk about what we do as a team, get people interested and invite them to our parent/student information session.  

Starting in September, Team 781 has a student and parent night, allowing people to tour our build site, classrooms and meet the members and mentors.

In the end of June, Grade 8 students again travel to KDSS as they prepare to enter high school. All the clubs and teams get to set up in the gym to try and get students excited and join. Team 781 can be found there once again, showing off the robot and playing videos from the season. Team 781 also travels into the surrounding public schools showing off their robot and business endeavours.   

Home and Garden Show

In 2013 and 2014, the Kinetic Knights were invited to have our robot displayed at the Kincardine Home and Garden Show. Not only did it provide us with the opportunity to talk to the public that visited, but also the chance to meet and connect with potential donors who also had a display set up at the event. After popular demand, and with help from the organizers of the event, we were able to set up a robot demonstration in the lobby so people could see the robot in action.

IAPA Safety Conference

In May 2010, members of Team 781 traveled to Toronto to be a part of Bruce Power's presentation at the Industrial Accident Prevention Association's (IAPA) Annual Partners in Prevention Conference. As a health and safety conference for all Ontario's workplaces, and the largest safety conference in Canada, the Kinetic Knights were able to display and talk about FIRST and Bruce Power's commitment to safety to over 400 health and safety specialists, plant managers, human resources and wellness professionals. Visitors were even given the opportunity to drive the 2007 FRC robot, adding a little fun to everyone's day.

Kick Off

At the beginning of every FRC season, the Kinetic Knights host a kick-off event at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre for other participating FRC teams in the area. Team 2013 (Cyber Gnomes from Stayner), Team 4094 (Cyber Wolves from Angus), Team 1312 (Syntax Error from Walkerton), Team 1355 (Iron Stallions from Wingham), and Team 1244 (Viking Robotics from Goderich) have all attended this event in the past. The teams gather together to watch the live video feed, courtesy of NASA, detailing the new challenge for the FRC season. After lunch, everyone gathers again in the main auditorium to discuss the game and strategies. At the event, teams engage in icebreakers as a chance to get to know each other better. We feel it is very important for the teams to brainstorm all together as it allows us to share different ideas with each other, and therefore sharing our resources with other FRC teams.

Kincardine Cruise Night

As the event that many say marks the beginning of summer tourist season, the Kincardine Cruise Night brings together thousands of people to downtown Kincardine to view classic cars on June 27, 2014 and August 2, 2014. 

The Kinetic Knights regularly attends this event with our robot, giving kids and interested adults a fun, interactive break from looking at cars to drive our robot. As one of the first major outreach events of the off-season we attended, we usually get tons of students, business and engineering professionals visiting us at our display, as it is their first real chance to view the robot up close. Even the Kincardine mascot, Blinky the Lighthouse, has test driven the robot at this event.

The team finds this event the perfect opportunity to connect with the locals, many who usually already know lots about the team from reading about us in the newspapers, but also the thousands of tourist that flock to Kincardine in the summer and have never heard about us or FIRST