Community Impact

Community Impact

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.

Rotary Highway Clean Up

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. 

CIBC BBQ

On June 28, 2014, members of 781 helped the Kincardine CIBC host their BBQ will all proceeds going to the CIBC Run for a Cure in support of Breast Cancer research. Members sold hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for this wonderful cause. 

Workforce Focus Radio Show

On October 28, 2014, a few members of the Kinetic Knights traveled to Hanover to the headquarters of the Bluewater Radio Station, to be a part of their Workforce Focus Radio Show. It was an hour long interview in regards of the Team 781 endeavors to employees and employers on the Four County Labour Market Planning Board.

Members spoke about the Kinetic Knights Robotics program and initiatives. They spoke about the skills they have developed that how that will effect their post-secondary education and future careers. They talked about how being a part of FIRST encourages students to go into Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Manufacturing. This was a wonderful opportunity to spread the message and relevance of FIRST. 

Storm Pond

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.  

Grade 8 Scholarship

In the spring of 2014, the Kinetic Knights created a Scholarship for grade eight graduating students. The recipient of this award must demonstrate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, while inspiring other students to do the same. The recipients of the award is as follows: John Dahmer from Huron Heights Public School,  Connor Uzzell from Ripley Huron Community School and Quinn Richardson from St. Anthony's. 

This award is based off off of the Engineering Inspiration Award that is presented at FIRST competitions, but with our own twist. By contacting local elementary schools, Huron Heights, St. Anthony's, and Ripley Huron Community School, we established our own award to present to one grade 8 graduating student from each school. Each student received a small monetary scholarship as well as a plaque designed and 3D printed by members of the Kinetic Knights. Members of the Kinetic Knights were present at each graduation to present the award. 2 of the 3 recipients of our Engineering Inspiration Award ended up joining our team upon entering grade 9 this fall. 

Rotary Lakeside Run

On October 5, 2014, the Kinetic Knights joined up with the Kincardine Rotary Club to help out with their second annual Fall Beachside Run. With over 60 runners and joggers present, the event raised over $5,000 for the local Community Living branch. This was to help raise funding for their new building. 

Christmas Knights

Every December, Kincardine District Secondary School organizes a town wide food and toy drive to give out Christmas hampers to those in need over the holiday season. Team 781 has helped with this event by creating as many teams as volunteers to help go door to door collecting donations. Past team members have also been involved with planning and organizing this event. Our participation in Christmas Knights has helped us give back to the community and make a difference in the world around us. 

Dog Lover Days

This past 2014 summer, we had the pleasure of volunteering at an event called Dog Lovers Day, which is a dog show and competition along. In may, members of Team 781 handed out flyers that advertised for the event. On June 21-22, 2014, the Kinetic Knights volunteered at the event. 

Spending the day with dogs was in itself so much fun, let alone being able to demonstrate our Aerial Assist bot, Moose, to the general public. We supervised anyone who wanted to try driving Moose. Helping run doggie competitions and games was a blast as well. Many visits were made that day to our tent to learn more about who we are and the whole concept of FIRST.

Relay 4 Life

The Kincardine Relay 4 Life is a program that runs every summer. We have participated in the event since 2012. The main purpose of Relay 4 Life is to raise money for cancer research. Every individual tries to get different sponsors/pledges and raise as much money as possible. Summer of 2014, we raised a combined total of over $1500, which surpassed our goal of $781. The event runs from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM on August 15, 2014 and participants are meant to walk around the local rec centre track all night long. The total number of laps walked/ran by our team, the Kurenetic Knights, during the last Relay 4 Life was well over 800.

Open House

After our build season finishes, Kinetic Knights host a very exciting evening within the community; our Annual Open House! Members of the community, donors, alumni and politicians can come to see the team and our new robot in action. This is the day we unveil our robot to the world and showcase its abilities! This is also day our Woodie Flowers and Dean List nominees are revealed for the first time. It also gives our parents and donors a chance to see what our team has been working nonstop on for six weeks and that their investment in us has been put to good use.

We have also been lucky enough to have politicians, Bluewater School Board Trustees and Lake Huron Learning Center Board of Trustees come out and to have the event covered by the local media. The event continues to grow each year, with about 150 people at the 2014 Open House. 

 

In this years Open house the Mayor came and said a speech about our amazing group. The Woodie Flowers Nominee was Pat O'cain, we are very proud to have such an amazing mentor and contributor to our group.    

Garbage Clean-Up

“Thanks to the Kinetic Knights for doing your environmental stewardship to clean up today. What a great job done by everyone!”- Carol Blake.

Being from one of the prettiest towns in Canada, it is always upsetting seeing garbage- and even stop signs- along the road while driving. In spring of 2009, the Kinetic Knights gladly volunteered to assist the community by cleaning up the garbage in Ward 1 of the Municipality of Kincardine. Students got down and dirty, collecting piles of garbage bags making the sides of road look a little nicer at the end of the day.