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Once Again, We have made the paper!

As we read wait for another season of robots to start, we decide to use our time wisely. What better way to spend it then teaching other schools about the joy of technology. Plus an intervie from this years fearless Leader, Ruhmaa Bhatti!

Season Kickoff, Recruitment and Sponsorships

With the return to classes just days ago, RAM-Ferno has already kicked off the season with its first meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2012. With a long list of tasks to complete, it is great to see team members eager to get started.

As the new season starts, recruitment for new members will begin. Recruitment will start with the Grade 9 Club Day, which will allow us to share the wonderful opportunities the team brings with the new students to Laurier. No prior experience is required to join the team, and RAM-Ferno’s senior members will train new students in their area of interest.

Any student who is interested in joining the team, should listen to morning announcements, visit this site regularly and like our Facebook page for team meeting announcements.

Finally, we are always looking for companies to help us achieve our goals. Companies can assist our team in many ways, including providing our team with money, materials and/or mentors.

If you are interested in sponsoring our team, please click here for more information or contact us.


We look forward to another great season.

Clean-up and Appreciation Night

On Saturday morning, members of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School FIRST Robotics Team 3756 “RAM-Ferno” took part in the Clean and Green Community Cleanup. With the aid of our robot, “Prime”, students cleaned sections of Southdale and Pond Mills nearest the school. Our school based team is made possible through our many community partnerships, such as our title sponsor, Armo Tools. This is one way that the student group is able to serve our community in return for the support that was shown this past FIRST Robotics Competition season.

All members of the community are invited to mentor & sponsor appreciation night on May 17th at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (450 Millbank Drive, London, ON) at 7:00pm. Please RSVP to Richard Cooper at 519-452-2840 ext 63062.

Sleep? No time! Bag and Tag is Upon Us!

After weeks of hard work, early mornings and late nights as well as weekends at the school and Armo Tool,  running Tim Hortons out of coffee (not literally), well fought debates and arguments, teachers running on their last straws and students sleeping in class, the last weekend is finally upon us. It is a long weekend (because of Family Day) and, yes, you have guessed it, we are spending it as a robotics family, building and preparing our robot for bagging and tagging. Rambotimous Prime, or Prime as most of us call him, will be ready for anything. It’s been busy and we expect it to get a lot busier as the season continues.

We once again thank ALL our sponsors, mentors, family, friends, team mates and teachers. Without these people we would not have a robot.

Announcing The New Rambo!

After much hemming and hawing, and thinking and contemplating, and experimenting and mixing, Ram-Ferno has finally decided on our new, evolutionary robot name. Drumroll please!……………… RAMBOTIMOUS PRIME!

This exemplary name comes from many different amazing role models. For example, keeping with our country’s National sport, the nick name of the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie is Optimus Reim, and one of the greatest and biggest of the Transformer movie good guys, is named Optimus Prime. And if there are any Latin buffs out there, Optimus Prime translates into “the first, and the best” (According to Google).

Once we had decided on the new name for our robot for this season, the t-shirts were ordered and were available for pick up on December 22nd. Keeping with the new robot name and RAM-Ferno, the back of the t-shirt was updated to a team member’s name, and then the word “prime”. So for example my t-shirt says “D’AGOSTINO PRIME”.

The new name for our robot is anticipating and predicting a fantastic season for our team, we hope to go really far this year, and Rambotimous Prime, the first and best robot, will be our ticket for getting there!

Lights, Clues, Action!

Alright get ready for this everybody, the page of supplies for the final FIRST contest was posted last week! It included a lot of lights, LEDs, big lights, small lights, and many of them, hundreds and thousands of them. Now FIRST is not saying what they will be used for, whether they will be a part of our kits, part of the arena, or they could even be decorations. But they gave us clues for a reason, unfortunately it cannot always be that easy! If we work together and put our heads together I’m sure we will come up with something! So we better get crackin’!


Hello everyone! We are still in need of sponsors if we want to compete in the 2011/2012 season. Last year our rookie team barely scraped by with the basic kit. This year we want to have an even more amazing team and robot.

No money = No robot!

We have paid the entrance fee for the First Robotics Competition in Waterloo, and that only got us the basic kit for a, well, basic robot! If we want to construct a better robot with upgrades  to play more games, then what do we need? Right, more money.

Basic kit = Basic robot

With more money we could go beyond the basic kit and we would be able to purchase upgrades for our robot. Now I wish I could say that the upgrades included rocket lasers, light sabres, jet engines, mighty claw arms and legs, monster truck wheels, and explosives to shoot down our opponents with, but in reality they offer even better upgrades than that! The upgrades can get us more packs, more abilities and factors, a better processor, and as well better controls. -So that means we might actually be able to make the robot move forward when we press the forward button instead of backwards! (Just a little humour towards the programming team!)

No money = “How are we going to get there?”

Even if we did build the most awesome and unbeatable robot in the world, there’s still one small problem. Travel expenses! It costs a lot to travel to Waterloo and St. Louis, and hopefully father. We would need a bus for  both ways, accommodations, and let’s face it, we’re teenagers, some of us need to to eat! The money that we would get from sponsors would go towards the robot, but also some of it would go to helping us trim down the travel expenses and costs for our team. Going to Waterloo is one thing, but travelling all the way to St. Louis is another. Don’t forget, travelling all the way to St. Louis in the United States is almost a full day bus ride.

We have a few sponsors right now, but if we want to compete and travel to competitions than we need more than “just enough”. Everyone on the team is a part of the sponsorship team and each one of us should always be keeping an eye out for potential sponsors and doing our best to convince them to sponsor us. We have a spectacular team and people need to know that!

Welcome Back

Welcome back to another Ram-ferno Year!

We have lots of things happening this year including a new area we are calling community events. A warm Ram welcome to all our 2011-2012 sponsors.

Thank You to Mr. Ste. Marie who has designated space for the build in his room.

We will be promoting RAM-ferno (Laurier’s First Robotics Team – team number 3756) in the community. Check the website for upcoming events. Our open house was a big hit. Special thanks to General Dynamics, Parents and students were interested to see Rambo in action, and enjoyed being able to engage in conversation with the students. Many people were also enthusiastic about the hex bugs! Future mentors/sponsors stopped by to see Rambo, but stayed to learn more about our team.

Everyone is excited for the new season to get underway! It will be a busy year with a lot of hard work. We hope to have a lot of fun and take RAM-ferno to the world Championship!

Sponsors Needed for 2012 Season

We are in need of sponsors to help us support our team!

We need sponsors that can provide us access to money, materials, mentors and access to equipment.

Click here for more information about sponsoring us.

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