MakeShift has developed our “Girls Are Brilliant” campaign to promote science and technology career paths for young women.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

One of our top sponsors, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, created a video interviewing one of our alumni about the impact FRC had on him and the other students involved.

Ancaster Fair

MakeShift visited the Ancaster Fair, exposing FRC to hundreds of excited students and teachers from all over southern Ontario. After running Skittles all day, the kids left with a new passion for STEM and the teachers have more information on how to get involved.

FLL Saturdays

As the number of our FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams in our Board continued to grow, there were too many for us to visit regularly. Instead of us going to them MakeShift came up with the idea to bring them to us! Held in October and November at St. Mary, it’s a chance for all local teams to receive guidance, technical support, feedback, and encouragement from our team (including our FLL alumni).

Scouts Canada

MakeShift visited local Scouts troupes, exposing STEM to Brownies and Cubs in Westdale and Carlisle. We provided short workshops on Mindstorms programming, mechanical design (using Lego), and electricity (using Makey-Makey).

FIRST in Mexico

One of our students discussed starting an FLL team with a local elementary school, and also spoke to the nearby university for technical and financial support. He provided information to both schools about FIRST in general, and the team continues to provide information about the program and support with the hope of starting FIRST on a larger scale. 

Hour of Code

Introducing young and old to computer coding as part of a global initiative to reach tens of millions of students in over 180 countries

Terry Fox Run

Our robot accompanies student and adult team members on this annual run to raise funds for cancer research.

Robots Rule Weekend

Demonstrating our robot at the Ontario Science Centre alongside other amazing FRC teams and engineering companies provides an opportunity to introduce the general public to FIRST and share the importance of STEM!

Hamilton FLL Tournaments

After several years of running an FLL practice tournament to prepare FLL teams for their event, MakeShift successfully hosted the first ever Hamilton area Official FLL Qualifier in 2015. We continue to host practice tournaments, as the established Hamilton FLL Qualifier now makes it’s way around the HWCDSB Secondary schools.


Donating team shirts, collecting Lego, and providing renewable lighting as part of St Mary’s annual mission to the Dominican Republic.

Hamilton Public Library

MakeShift runs outreach sessions at HPL libraries introducing young children to the robot fundamentals.