Team 1305 brings home the hardware

Sunday, April 27, 2014   by: Kate Adams

Photo from NNSRI Twitter page.

Once again NNSRI Robotics Team 1305 have done an outstanding job of representing the city while competing at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis.

Tonight they arrived home in the Bay back to base camp at Canadore College with hardware in hand.

The team announced via Twitter that they are the FedEx Innovation Contest winners.

The contest says Team 1305 competing against 400 teams who all had to complete daily challenges and then upload answers creatively via pictures via Twitter.

For their innovation and creative ways the team won a $10,000 grant that will aid in their effots to continue to promot FIRST here in the region.

The team also returned home with the Entrepreneur Award - Newton Division.

This award recognizes outstanding business and marketing strategies.

Full details in news release below.


On January 3, the Near North Student Robotics Initiative (NNSRI) FIRST Team 1305, Ice Cubed, gathered at Nipissing University to view the launch for the 2014 season challenge. The challenge is ‘Aerial Assist’ which is a co-operative game where three robots must collaborate to pass a 24” diameter ball across a field, and launch it into goals.

The game focused heavily on player assists, encouraging teams to communicate and work together for top scoring opportunities. Approximately 40 intermediate and secondary students from a variety of schools met regularly at Canadore College to design, build and test this year’s robot, Isis.

Under the leadership of Captain Anthony Caliciuri, the team decided to compete in 3 of the 60, worldwide, regional competitions. The season was started in Waterloo, where students persevered through technical issues, received a Safety nomination, and won the Engineering Inspiration Award, which qualified them for the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.

The following week the team competed at home in the first North Bay Regional where 36 teams from across Ontario also attended the 3-day event. Team 1305 continued its award success getting the UL Safety award, member Alex Churcher was honored with a Deans List Finalist award, and the team was given the very prestigious Chairman’s award, qualifying the team for a second time for the World Championships.

The next week the team endured the 8 hour school bus ride to Windsor Ontario where they once again where given a safety nomination, and also won the Entrepreneurship award. The robot also performed much better getting to the quarterfinals.

The season culminated with a journey to St. Louis where they joined 400 teams from across the globe. The team worked hard and was rewarded with the Newton Division Entrepreneurial Award. They were also winners of the inaugural FedEx Innovation Challenge, where first year student Jessica Kelso answered 10 Math and Science related questions and innovatively demonstrated the answers in picture form. This combined with the fun and learning made the 19 hour bus ride all worth it.

After a couple weeks of rest, the team will once again start on their journey of learning and promoting Science and Technology. There will be a variety of workshops, demonstrations and fun events. For more information on upcoming activities, or students interested in joining the team can visit


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