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

Ron Joyce Treatment Center Collaboration

 MakeShift is supporting a robotics workshop with the goal to support an FLL team or other robotics training in future.


MakeShift partnered with McMaster Children’s Centre Biomedical Department for “Go Baby Go.” The program provides modified, ride-on cars to young children with disabilities so they can move around independently. The modified toy cars give these children a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily.

4-H STEM Camp

MakeShift team members developed several summer STEM sessions which included robotics demonstrations.

Indigenous Engagement

MakeShift provided a session and robotics demonstration at McMaster’s Indigenous STEM (indigeSTEM) Camp and started and mentored a team at Six Nations Polytechnic STEAM Academy.

Robotics Summer Camps

MakeShift developed a robotics curriculum and has shared it over several summer camps in Waterdown and Guelph, inspiring campers to learn more about robotics.

Instants of Inspiration

MakeShift provides spontaneous, unexpected demonstrations to spread FIRST. We show up unexpectedly at events to do a robot demonstration and leave behind information about FIRST. We have demonstrated our robot and gave STEM Christmas gifts to families waiting for a dinner with Santa and have showcased our robot at the movie theatre.

Santa Claus Parade

MakeShift has participated in the Flamborough Santa Claus Parade to spread Christmas cheer for the children! 


MakeShift has partnered with e-NABLE to design, 3D-print, and assemble prosthetics for children and adults in need of upper limb devices.

Maker Faire

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people, from engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, who get an opportunity to show their hobbies, experiments, projects.

FLL in Finland

MakeShift team members inspired our sponsor CIMCORP to sponsor and support FLL teams and a tournament in Finland.

Innovation Nation

MakeShift participated in a robotics competition at the Innovation Nation Conference. The conference hosts presentations by innovators, inventors, business and industry leaders who are changing the way we live, work and play and redefining our cultural, economic and healthcare initiatives.

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.