FIRST Robotics Canada – Information about FIRST at all levels in Canada.

St. Mary Catholic Secondary – Mentoring HWCDSB FLL teams.

Chief Delphi – Open forums on all things FRC.

The Blue Alliance – FRC match videos and team stats.

watch FIRST now – Additional website FRC match videos.

Team 1114 – “Kitbot on Steroids” and other handy items.

McMaster Engineering – Used by our mentors during their spare time.

Sample Business Plan

MakeShift‘s 2015 Scouting Sheet

First Alliance

The Compass Alliance – Guide on how to run and sustain an FRC team.

Hamilton Robodrome – Please contact us to come for a robot play date

Chairman’s Submissions: 


  • Gracious Professionalism
    • A MakeShift guide to what it is and how it is expressed at competitions.
  • Kick-Off and structured problem solving
    • A MakeShift guide to kick-off and planning for the seasons competition.
  • Safety Training
    • A MakeShift list of basic safety protocols for hand tool use, power tool use, chemicals, at the competition, and being around the robot.
  • Scouting
    • A MakeShift guide explaining scouting, including what to look for when selecting teams during the alliance selection.
  • Outreach (Girls aRe Brilliant)
    • Shifting equality in STEM the MakeShift way: how to start and run your own Girls aRe Brilliant (GRB) campaign.
  • Inclusivity Workshop
    • How to identify and work against discrimination in robotics.

Awards Training 

  • Awards Training
    • A MakeShift guide to the various awards available to FRC teams.
  • Business plan
    • A MakeShift guide to making a business plan, with some examples.
  • Talking to Judges
    • A MakeShift guide to talking to judges during competitions.


  • Introduction
    • Basics of electricity, including voltage and power.
  • Power
    • A MakeShift¬†guide to the robot’s power system (pre-2015 system).
  • Signals
    • A MakeShift guide to the robot’s signal system, including the digital sidecar and solenoids (Pre 2015 season).
  • Motor Controllers
    • List and description of the strengths and uses for various motor controllers.
  • Tools
    • Description of the various tools available for use when working with electrical components.
  • Cable Management
    • A MakeShift guide to organizing all the cables and wires on the robot.


  • Drivetrain
    • A MakeShift guide to the robot drive trains including typical speeds, types of wheels, and transmission options.
  • Pneumatics
    • Basic theory and practice of pneumatics as used in FRC.