Meet The Team

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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 headmentors, 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: 23
Years Involved in BCHS: 12

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. He won the WFA in 2013.
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Shawn Clement - Programming
Years Involved in FIRST: 5
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

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: 7
Years Involved in BCHS: 7

Rebecca “Becky” Farrell is currently the Resources/Math Teacher at BCHS. She assists with the pit design and bumpers along with photographing the team throughout the season.
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Taylor Hawkins (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 11
Years Involved in BCHS: 11

Taylor began his robotics interest in Grade 10 and hasn’t left the shop since. Taylor previously ran the VEX events during the off-season. He is a Mohawk College graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Taylor is currently working in industry at IntraPac International Corporation.
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Gord Nicholls - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 13
Years Involved in BCHS: 13

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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Dave Lewis - Design
Years Involved in FIRST: 23
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

Dave Lewis has been one of the founding mentors for FIRST Robotics within the HDSB. He won a WFA in 2016 for his work throughout Halton with implementing 8 new FRC teams during his time. Dave is a tool and die maker by trade. After retiring from the HDSB, he has been able to return to mentor full-time with our team.
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Eric Tate - Electrical
Years Involved in FIRST: 13
Years Involved in BCHS: 13

Eric is one of the foundingmentorss of Team 2386. He has a degree from Ryerson University in Electrical Engineering. Eric currently works in industry as an Application Engineer for drives and automation from Powerhouse Controls.
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Elana Nicholls - Administration/Social Media
Years Involved in FIRST: 11
Years Involved in BCHS: 11

Elana became involved in 2010 thanks to her father Gord. In 2013, She assisted with obtaining the largest State Farm Grant had to offer to implement more FLL and FRC teams within HDSB. She is a graduate of both Sheridan College (‘09) and WLU (‘14) with degrees in Social Service Work and Criminology. She was a recipient of the June 2018 - Top 40 Under 40 with the Brampton Board of Trades for her advocacy in STEM Education. Elana currently works in industry as a Surface Finishing - Production Planner with Collins Aerospace (A United Technologies Company).
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Tyler Wiese (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 10
Years Involved in BCHS: 10

Tyler joined the robotics team in Grade 10 and graduated from BCHS in 2013. He is a Mohawk College graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Tyler currently works in the industry as a CAD Designer at Thordon Bearings Inc.
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Jake Josiak (Alumni) - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 5
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

Jake joined the robotics team in Grade 9 (VEX) and graduated from BCHS in 2013. He is a McMaster University graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jake currently works in the industry as a Quality Engineering Specialist at Stackpole International.
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Miguel Zarco - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 5
Years Involved in BCHS: 2

Miguel is currently a parent of one of the students on the team. He was involved previously with the Celt-X Team 5406 in Hamilton, ON as amentors. Miguel currently works in industry at ArcelorMittal Dofasco as a Millwright. He currently runs the Minimaker Fair at the Hamilton Steam Museum focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Education.
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Noah Tomkins - Programming
Years Involved in FIRST: 5
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

Noah joined the robotics team in grade nine and graduated BCHS in 2019. Noah is currently attending Mohawk College for software development.
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David Cienfuegos - Manufacturing
Years Involved in FIRST: 6
Years Involved in BCHS: 5

David joined the robotics team in grade nine and graduated BCHS in 2018. After Graduating David spent a year mentoring team 6323, Hayden Robotics. David is currently attending the Mechanical Technician Program at Mohawk College
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