On Saturday January 7, 2017, FIRST Robotics held the annual kickoff. The Alpha Dogs held their kickoff at Humberview Secondary School, along with 5519, LASS Robotics and Mr.Avery, a former Alpha Dog who now helps mentor team 5428, Breaking Bots. The day began with the unveiling of the game and the release of the game manual, which the teams thoroughly studied before starting to analyze the game field, the points distribution, and the dimensions of the robot. After the analysis was completed, the teams discussed robot designs and game strategies that could be viable, and then rounded off the day with pizza lunch. Everyone who came got involved and made the day a huge success.
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On Saturday, December 3rd, the Alpha Dogs participating in the Bolton Parade along with members from the Humberview Secondary School band, several sports teams from the school, and the COPE service dogs and their student trainers participated in the Bolton Santa Clause Parade. Children watching the parade enjoyed seeing the robot shoot the ball, and received Team 4946 buttons with other goodies. Everyone along the parade route was getting into the holiday spirit.
On Saturday, November 26th, the Alpha Dogs teamed up with Team 4001 Ram Robotics and Team 5428 Breaking Bots to participate in the Markham Santa Claus parade. It was a great, fun time for everyone who participated. We enjoyed seeing the smiles on the children's face was a great way to soak in the spirit of the season.
It was a wet and windy day on October 30th when the Alpha Dogs started the 6th annual Haunted Hill Run hosted by Bolton Rotary. They also brought along Sir Cyr, their 2015-2016 robot, to demonstrate and answer questions about the robotics program after the run.