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Cimcorp-sponsored MakeShift Robotics team wins prestigious award

May 17, 2017
Cimcorp North America

High school team finishes successful 2017 season, wins Chairman's Award and is ranked top in Ontario and the world with robot, Pepper

GRIMSBY, Ontario — Cimcorp, manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic gantry-based order fulfillment and tire-handling solutions, announces its sponsored high school robotics team, MakeShift Robotics, and its robot, Pepper, has completed another successful year of competing in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions. FIRST inspires students to pursue exciting careers in science and technology.

Founded in 2011, MakeShift Robotics is a team of high school students from St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario led by Cimcorp’s Engineering Team Manager Matt Alderson. The team has accomplished the following during their 2017 season:

    • Named champions at all three of their Ontario District Competitions in Toronto, London and Hamilton.
    • Won the Chairman’s Award at the Ontario District Championships, which is the most prestigious award in FIRST and honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.
    • Went into the District Championships ranked first out of 145 teams in Ontario as well as in the top two percent of teams worldwide.
    • Made it all the way to the quarter-finals of the FIRST Robotics World Championships. Pepper was selected as one of the event’s premiere “gear-bots” and picked third out of the 68 teams in the “Curie” division.
    • Competed in April in St. Louis in the Steamworks challenge and finished the season with an offensive power ranking of 50th out of more than 3,300 teams worldwide.

Matt Alderson, MakeShift Robotics’ Founder and Lead Mentor and Cimcorp’s Engineering Team Manager, says,

“I am so proud of the MakeShift Robotics team and how they have performed this season. It is an honor to mentor these students and share the gift of robotics as a way to inspire and educate them to become the future workforce of engineers, programmers, marketers and entrepreneurs.”

MakeShift Robotics started with 12 students and was the first team in the Hamilton Catholic Board. In 2017, the group’s sixth year, there are over 30 students on the team and more than 27 FIRST teams in the board, with more than a third of these students being girls. Over the last five years, the students have won a number of awards and titles, including division finalist and semi-finalist at the FIRST World Championships. 97 percent of MakeShift Robotics graduates have gone on to purse post-secondary education in science and technology.

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