Trojans 2386

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Meet The Team

Colors Our FIRST robotics team consists of 40 students from grades 9-12 and several mentors. The students work in a variety of fields such as manufacturing, CAD design, website design, and programming. In each field area, the students are provided with a series of workshops to learn basics and improve their skills. Our head mentor, Chris Arnold, educates the students with the information needed to be successful in building their machines. Our team also offers Technology Design courses for the students, giving them a valuable advantage when designing the Robot. The students additionally learn the softwares of Soildworks, MasterCam and several others during this course.


Meet The Mentors

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Chris Arnold - Lead
Years Involved in FIRST: 19
Years Involved in BCHS: 9

Chris Arnold is the Manufacturing Teacher at BCHS. Chris started up FRC Team 843 before moving to BCHS and starting up FRC Team 2386 in 2008. Chris has a background in Millwright and is one of the founding teachers of robotics within the Halton District School Board.
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Pranshu Agnihotri (Alumni) - Programming
Years Involved in FIRST: 4
Years Involved in BCHS: 4

Pranshu has returned to mentor the team after graduating in 2011. He joined the team in grade 10 which led to his interest at the college level. Pranshu recently graduated from Sheridan College in Software Development June 2015. Pranshu will be assisting with programming.
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Shawn Clement - Programming
Years Involved in FIRST: 1
Years Involved in BCHS: 1

Shawn currently teaches Computer Technology and Entertainment Technology at BCHS. He has a background in Theatre Production and Automation. He is still very much involved in theatre and film productions around the GTA. Shawn will be assisting with the programming.
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Rebecca Farrell - Strategy/Pit Design/Swag
Years Involved in FIRST: 3
Years Involved in BCHS: 3

Rebecca “Becky” Farrell currently teaches Mathematics at BCHS. She will be assisting with the pit design, bumpers and team standard.
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Taylor Hawkins (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 7
Years Involved in BCHS: 7

Taylor began his robotics interest in Grade 10 and hasn’t left the shop since. Taylor currently runs the VEX events during the off-season. Currently he is enrolled at Mohawk College studying Mechanical Engineering Technology.
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Peter Menet - Design
Years Involved in FIRST: 4
Years Involved in BCHS: 4

Peter is a BCHS Alumni and community member. Peter comes to us with a Bsc. and Msc. in Engineering.
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Gord Nicholls - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 9
Years Involved in BCHS: 9

Gord is one of the founding mentors of Team 2386. Gord comes to us from BMP Metals with a background in Precision Metal Fabrication. Gord has worked in the industry for over 35 years. BMP Metals has been a sponsor since the team originated in 2008. Gord assists with the CAD and manufacturing.
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Elana Nicholls - Admin/Social Media
Years Involved in FIRST: 7
Years Involved in BCHS: 7

Elana maintains the Social Media Platforms as well as making sure all the paperwork is in order. She has also assisted with awards, fundraising and grant applications. Elana has a Diploma in Social Service Work from Sheridan College and a BA in Criminology and Contemporary Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Jacob Palmer (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 8
Years Involved in BCHS: 8

Jacob got involved back in Grade 6 as his father was currently mentoring FRC Team 1334 (OTHS) in Oakville at the time. Chris Arnold was more than willing to teach an eager young Jacob. He graduated from BCHS in 2015 and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering Technology at Mohawk College.
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Dave Swanson - Design
Years Involved in FIRST: 1
Years Involved in BCHS: 1

Dave Swanson has been a Supply Principal (Elementary) at the HDSB for the past 15 years. He comes to us with a MA of Education, a BA of Education and an Honours degree in Recreation. He also taught Special Education for 15 years. Dave assists with the field design.
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Eric Tate - Electrical
Years Involved in FIRST: 9
Years Involved in BCHS: 9

Eric is one of the founding mentors of Team 2386. Eric comes to us from Eaton with a background in Electrical Engineering. Eaton is one of our major sponsors for the last 8 years.
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Brian Wagg (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 5
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

Brian joined robotics in Grade 9 and took a huge interested in the program. He graduated from BCHS in 2015 and has returned to mentor the team. Brian is currently studying at Mohawk College for Mechanical Engineering Technology.
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Tyler Wiese (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 6
Years Involved in BCHS: 6

Tyler joined the robotics team in Grade 10 and graduated from BCHS in 2013. Tyler continues to mentor the team while attending Mohawk College studying Mechanical Engineering Technology.
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Matt Marson (Alumni) - Manufacturing/Welding
Years Involved in FIRST: 6
Years Involved in BCHS: 6

Brian joined robotics in Grade 9 and took a huge interested in the program. Matt got involved back in Grade 8 because of the influential people in his life. Matt’s Dad was able to introduce him to welding and machining at an early age to begin his fascination with robotics. He graduated from BCHS in 2014 and is currently working in the field as a Welder Fabricator for Flamboro Technical Services (FTS).
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Trevor Heinbecker (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 3
Years Involved in BCHS: 3

Trevor got involved with Robotics because he enjoyed the machining aspect. Trevor was fortunate enough to be introduced at an early age with machining and fabricating at his Dad’s shop. He graduated from BCHS in 2016 and is currently studying Manufacturing Engineering Technician (Automation) program at Mohawk College..
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Stephen O’Donnell - - Design
Years Involved in FIRST: 1
Years Involved in BCHS: 1

Stephen O’Donnell currently teaches Construction Technology at BCHS. Stephen has been teaching Communications Technology, Visual Arts and Construction Technology for the past 11 years. He has a background Design. Stephen also owned and operated a successful Design Firm in Toronto prior to teaching.