About FRC Team 3739: Oakbotics

FRC Team 3739: Oakbotics is the little team that can! Oakbotics is the original FRC Team from London, Ontario. We foster innovation & creativity through Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Mathematics & aim to better our students, community & beyond, providing the means to help youth inspire others. Through frequent on-site and virtual outreach and mentorship of 15 teams, we aim to embody the spirit of FIRST. We hope to show that anyone can make a difference and inspire others.

FRC Team 3739 Oakbotics was founded in 2010 at Oakridge Secondary School by Jerry Kirshner. Our rookie season was in 2011 (FIRST Logo Motion). We have competed in the 2011, 2012 and 2015-2018 seasons, ans look forward to competing again in the 2019 season.

We spent 2010-2012 based out of Oakridge. In 2013 we had to leave the school due to a teacher’s strike, and we decided to join together with students from London Central Secondary School to create FRC Team 4814: WE MARS. Members of 3739 spent 2013 and 2014 on 4814 before returning to Oakridge and restarting our team in 2015. Due to unforseen circumstances, halfway through the 2015 season we again had to leave Oakridge again. At this point we became a community-based team. The Steele family kindly took us in and allowed us to build out of their basement for the rest of the 2015 season, as well as for the entirety of the 2018 season. The 2016 and 2017 seasons were spent in a few different community spaces.

At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, we were welcomed back to Oakridge with open arms and now operate out of the school’s technology department!

FRC Team 3739 Oakbotics is beyond all else a beacon of hope and optimism. Though success in competition is valued to us, we prioritize being a supportive team and figure within the FIRST community on all levels. No matter where we go or what we achieve, we will always hold true to this. We aim to inspire everyone to have the same positive spirit. We hope our legacy will be one of positivity, perseverance, and optimism both within the FIRST community, and beyond.

Competition for the sake not of destroying one another, but for the sake of bettering and improving both competitors as a result of the competition.

Woodie Flowers