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 – more FRC match videos

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

McMaster Engineering – where a lot of our mentos spend their free time

Sample Business Plan

MakeShift‘s 2015 Scouting Sheet

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

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


  • Introduction
    • some bacis 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 desiption 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