The Team

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Our Students

Grade 9

Sebastian Bautista

Why FIRST?: I joined because it is my grade nine year and I wanted to become a part of a team and make friends.
Role:Design, Build and Programming
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn new skills and how to work together in a team.

Alex Cottrill

Why FIRST?: It seems fun and I want some experience with robots and technology for if I pursue an engineering career.
Role: Build and Programming.
What do you want to learn?: I want to learn how to build with the tools and learn the basics of programming.

Ravyn Porter

Why FIRST?: Because of the challenged posed by the game changing every year. I also have had friends and family who were a part of a team and they said it was an experience they will never forget.
Role:Design, Build and Programming
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn more about engineering and how to build and test a robot

Sam Barnes

Why FIRST?: I was new to the school and I wanted to expand my skill set.
Role: Build and Design
What do you want to learn?: I want to learn how to use the many tools necessary to build a robot.

Ben Bliss

Why FIRST?: I joined because I had heard of the team’s success last year and wanted to be a part of something at the school.
Role: Build and Design
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn how to safely use tools and design in Solidworks.

Quin Meidinger

Why FIRST?: I wanted to experience the thrill of a competition and to build a robot.
Role: Build and Design
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn how to use a wider variety of tools.

Eric Klassen

Why FIRST?: I enjoy technology and would like to meet other people with similar interests.
Role:Programming.
What do you want to learn?: I would like to learn how to manage money while working on a tech project.

Grade 10

Sally El Bayati

Why FIRST?: FIRST is an amazing competition that I’m interested in and thought I’d try to get an interesting work/career experience.
Role: Build
What do you hope to learn?: How to use different machinery to be able to create a robot and how the parts in a robot work together to complete a task.

Marston Connell

Why FIRST?: I wanted to experience an engineering program with a great community
Role: Build and Electrical
What do you hope to learn?: How to start a business and learn team building

Grace Payne

Why FIRST?: I was taking mulitple computers courses and decided to fuurther pursue this subject.
Role: Build and Design
What do you hope to learn?: I hope to learn how to deal with the pressure and stress of building and testing a robot.

Reece Lloyd

Why FIRST? : I joined first because I love building and engineering, I wanted something that I could put on my resume and First is the perfect thing for it.
Role: Build
What do you want to learn?: I want to learn how to build robots for many different uses and do it well and efficiently.

Xanthe Kalanyos

Why FIRST?: I wanted to be on a robotics team.
Role:Outreach and Build
What do you want to learn?: Robotics.

Fahimeh Abdollahi

Why FIRST?: Wanted to try something out if my comfort zone and look into the engineering field as a potential career
Role:Design and Media
What do you want to learn?: I want to learn: the process and teamwork that goes into creating a robot

Grade 11

Isaac Dunn

Why FIRST?: I like science, math, and technology. FIRST is an organization that supports all of these things, so I was naturally drawn to it.
Role:Build, electrical, programming
What do you want to learn?: How to apply more academic elements of school and to get experience that will benefit me in the future.

Zeeshan Siddiqui

Why FIRST?: Being interested in both math and science, I felt that FIRST Robotics would give me an idea of how what I learn at school can be applied to the real world in a fun and creative way.
Role:Design and programming
What do you want to learn?: I was curious and wanted to learn more about the process it takes to create a good design and how it can be brought to life from drawings.

Caleigh Feeney

Why FIRST?: I find robotics fascinating and it helps build my confidence
Role: Design and Build
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn to think creatively while still being realistic. I also hope to gain more confidence in presenting my ideas and bringing them to life

Jenna Redfern

Why FIRST?: As I enjoy working with math and technology, I chose to participate in FIRST Robotics because it gives me the chance to apply my experience with both of these subjects in a practical way.
Role: Design, Electrical and Programming
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn about and experience the design process, and how those designs can be created and brought to life.

Cosmin Baciu

Why FIRST?: I was inspired by my computers teacher and decided to join my friends on the robotics team.
Role: Design, Electrical and Build
What do you want to learn?: I would like to learn more about the real life applications of building and what I learn in my classes.

Fayez El-Madhoon

Why FIRST?: I saw what the team was building and wanted to help the team.
Role: Design and Build
What do you want to learn?: I hope to learn more about the engineering process and how to be a successful engineer.

Grade 12/13

Blake Meyler

Why FIRST?: FIRST allows me to explore robotics and engineering in a fun yet challenging environment, as well as giving me an opportunity to learn new techniques in design and construction.
Role: Build Team and a bit of Business Team
What do you hope to learn?: I hope to learn leadership skills and gain experience working with a group, and to improve my skills using the machines involved in the construction of the robot.

Hayden Newman - Robinson

Why FIRST?: I’ve always had a passion for robotics and engineering, especially the design aspect of finding a creative way to solve a problem and putting it into action. FIRST robotics was a perfect opportunity for me to learn more about robotics and do what I love.
Role: Role: Design, Build
What do you want to learn?: What I want to learn: I want to further develop my design ability, in the context of robotics.

Nico Lavdas

Why FIRST?: I joined FIRST because building and designing has always been one of my favourite things to do.
Role: Build and Design Team as well as pit crew and human player two for competition.
What do you want to learn?: I want learn more about working as a team and the roles required to make a robot come to life.

Raouf Seyyedi

Why FIRST?: Because I love robots and want to experience many of the situations an engineer would experience.
Role: Programming
What do you want to learn?: I would like to learn how to develop the knowledge of building and designing a robot.

Julisa Blaszkow

Why FIRST?: I heard about it in a book a family friend gave me who’d done it, and I got to grade 9 and met some amazing people who made me believe I could do it. Also I have a fascination with all things tech.
Role: Programmer and Electrical Team
What do you want to learn?: I would like to become a better programmer, learn how to contribute to a multi-person project, and learn more about wiring the robot.

Quinn Fisher

Why FIRST?: I joined FIRST initially due to my interests in programming and technology, and a desire to be a part of a team. I knew FIRST would help me feel as though I was accomplishing something great, and I knew I’d have a great time doing so.
Role: Design and Build Team.
What do you want to learn?: I want to learn how to manage my time effectively and how to work with others more efficiently, and such a large task was the perfect outlet for that. In terms of STEM, I hope to gain more experience on the programming side of things, but also to further understand the hardware components, given that that’s an area of weakness for me.

Shahad Alhusain

Why FIRST?: I joined FIRST because it is a great opportunity to learn more about engineering and robotics.
Role: Electrical
What do you hope to learn?: I hope to learn more about team management skills and what goes into building a robot

Olivier Hébert

Why FIRST?: I chose FIRST because I was already interested in becoming an engineer and this is a great opportunity to explore the field.
Role: Build and Design Team, as well as spy and secondary safety captain.
What do you hope to learn?: I hope to learn team management skills and manual skills that I can apply later in my engineering career.

Mannar Alzureiqi

Why FIRST?: I thought I’d try something new
Role: Build
What do you want to learn?: What goes into building and competing in a robotics competition

Captains

Lennon Nemirovsky

Lennon is a team co-captain. His placement as co-captain makes him responsible for the robot and he oversees what the other captains put towards building the robot. He is a responsible captain, but more importantly; he enjoys the work he puts in to the team. This ensures good communication and a pleasant learning environment.

Charlotte LaBelle

Charlotte is a team co-captain. She handles the many business needs and manages the members of the team. She enjoys taking pictures and videos of the team at our many events and competitions. She is extremely active in updating the team’s social media accounts and website. She also helps write documents and guide the business team to success. She helps plan and coordinate outreach events and helps keep the team’s chaos to a minimum as much as possible.

Dennis Krasnov

Dennis is the controls captain. He teaches the new students to code and about electronics. He organized the Hour of Code for the school twice to teach non-robotics students and staff how to code in python. Furthermore, Dennis was the operator on the drive team. His help ensured our success in matches. Dennis is a very cheerful and smiley guy and his enthusiasm is always welcome on the team.

Ben McCullough

Ben is build captain. He helps organize safety meetings as well as teaches how to use different tools to new members. Ben became captain despite being such younger student through his hard work and dedication. Ben demonstrated his commitment to the team by working for long periods of time in the pits. He is friendly and always tries to keep morale high.

Sana Zahid

Sana is the business team captain. She works along with the other team captains and takes a leadership position in organizing school events such as Hour of Code events and grade 8 presentations. This is her fourth year taking part in Banting robotics, making her one of the longest team members. She is extremely loud and full of energy. She loves being part of 5870!

Shreya Chandel

Shreya is the media and marketing captain. Through her hard work and dedication she became quickly noticed and was promoted to a captain. She frequently posts and keeps all of our social media accounts organized. Her charisma and fun attitude keep the atmosphere and positive. She is a major asset to the team and does not let her age hold her back.

Gillian LaBelle

Gillian is the team manager. She aids the teacher mentor with organization and is a student leader and does any odd job that needs to be done. She is an excellent member of the business team as well and is an essential member to have on the team.

Supervisor & Mentor

Kyle McKay or Mr. McKay


Mr. McKay is the founder of the team as he is responsible for getting the 5 captains involved with FIRST and helping them through their FIRST year at an incubator team. He later led them after their first year to create their own team at their home school, Sir Frederick Banting S.S. . He aids every captain with their duties and sacrifices much of his time to help the team. Without him the team wouldn’t have come to be and no one would have heard of FIRST. Mr. McKay has led a long career in engineering and software. He has built robots, developed websites, acted as leader of a team for many projects and has produced amazing results. Mr. McKay brings the experience and wealth of knowledge of the real world to the team to help them to succeed.

Steven Gibson

Steven is an alumni of our robotics team. Steven has helped us with many problems this year, through his calm and thoughtful problem-solving. Steven attends Fanshawe College. Steven has been on robotics since the beginning of our team. We appreciate his help, despite his other commitments and time restrictions.

Talia Miller


Talia graduated from the team last year. Talia was a strong member of the business and build team last year, and put together all of our videos for Youtube. She enjoys learning and gaining knowledge on the many aspects of robotics and FIRST. She hopes to continue to learn and assist the team.

Cameron Nicolle

Cameron was told about FIRST by a friend and was immediately hooked. He uses his skills learned at Western University to help teach our programming team with his knowledge. He is looking forward to experiencing districts and comradery of being on a FIRST Robotics Team.