Meet The Team

meet the team

Our FIRST robotics team consists of 51 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 software of Soildworks during this course.

Chris Arnold

~ lead ~

Manufacturing/Lead Mentor

Years Involved in FIRST: 25

Years Involved in BCHS: 15

Chris “Arnie” 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.

Shawn Clement

~ lead ~

Programming/Lead Mentor

Years Involved in FIRST: 8

Years Involved in BCHS: 8

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.

Gord Nicholls

Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 14

Years Involved in BCHS: 14

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.

Eric Tate

Electrical

Years Involved in FIRST: 15


Years Involved in BCHS: 15


Eric is one of the founding mentors 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.

Taylor Hawkins

2386 alumni 11'' ~ Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 12


Years Involved in BCHS: 12


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.

Elana Nicholls

Administration/Social Media/Textile Manufacturer

Years Involved in FIRST: 12


Years Involved in BCHS: 12


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 MRO coordinator at Stackpole international (FPS).

Tyler Wiese

2386 alumni 13' ~ Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 12


Years Involved in BCHS: 12


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.

Terry Ratigan

2386 alumni 16' ~ Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 10


Years Involved in BCHS: 7


Terry joined the robotics team in grade 9 and graduated from BCHS in 2016. After graduating, Terry spent 1 year on Team 5409 and 2 years on Team 6323. Terry graduated from the Mechanical Technician Program at Mohawk College. He is currently working in industry for i-Cubed.

Rebecca Farrell

Design/Photography

Years Involved in FIRST: 9


Years Involved in BCHS: 9


Becky Farrell is a Student Success and Math Teacher at BCHS. She assists with the bumpers and team photography throughout the season.

Hadyn Brouwer

2386 alumni 16' ~ Strategy/Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 9


Years Involved in BCHS: 7


Hadyn joined the robotics team in grade 7 (VEX Robotics) and continued to participate in FRC at the High School level, graduating in 2016. He spent 2 years mentoring Team 6323 and returned this year to support his alumni team. Hadyn is currently enrolled in the Millwright program with Mohawk College in his second semester.

David Cienfuegos

2386 alumni 18' ~ Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 6


Years Involved in BCHS: 5


David joined the robotics team in grade nine and graduated from 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. He is in his second year and completing his co-op placement with i-Cubed.

Noah tomkins

2386 alumni 19' ~ Programming

Years Involved in FIRST: 6


Years Involved in BCHS: 6

Noah joined the robotics team in grade nine and graduated from BCHS in 2019. Noah is currently attending Mohawk College for software development.

Jake Josiak

2386 Alumni '13 ~ 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.

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 a Mentor. 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.

Tyler Fowler

Manufacturing/CAD/Field Components/Bumpers

Years Involved in FIRST: 1

Years Involved in BCHS: 1


Tyler is Professor at Mohawk College/Civil Engineering Technologist. He is a former Gold Medalist for the Ontario Skills Competition. He also supports the dual credit program at BCHS teaching CAD.

Kyle Charlebois

Field Components

Years Involved in FIRST: 1


Years Involved in BCHS: 1


Kyle attended both Bishop's University and Mohawk college and is a certified carpenter. He is currently working as a construction teacher at BCHS. Kyle also loves long walks on the beach!

Cat Crawford

2386 alumni 19' ~ CAD/Manufacturing/Bumpers

Years Involved in FIRST: 4


Years Involved in BCHS: 5

Cat Crawford is studying to be an environmental engineer at the University of waterloo. She started mentoring in 2022 and joined robotics in 2018. Cat is always happy to be a part of the Central robotics team.

Brian Wagg

2386 alumni 15' ~ CAD/Manufacturing

Years Involved in FIRST: 13


Years Involved in BCHS: 13


A CNC programmer and sheet metal designer for Lord-eon in London, Ontario. Wagg is a central gradute.

Myles filkin

2386 alumni 14' ~ Manufacturing/CAD

Years Involved in FIRST: 14


Years Involved in BCHS: 10


Myles is a Mohawk College graduate. He was in an industrial engineering program. Myles currently works for Ferric Machinery, and he's been working there for 6 years. He was also on the very first Central Robotics team when he was in 7th grade.