Elmira has traditionally been a strong tech school, showcasing our school's talent at events like Skills Canada. The school administrators, technology teachers, and mentors from Systematix were instrumental in founding FIRST Team 4917 at EDSS in 2013. Since then the team, usually between 40-60 students, has consistently performed in the top 10% of robots world-wide and is focused on spreading the FIRST message to our students and community. Our list of sponsors and mentors continue to grow, without which we would not be able to continue. Click below for a tour of our past seasons and watch some video highlights!
Beyond the process of building a robot, 4917's mission is to foster student growth by proving opportunities to explore science, technology, business, and community outreach. Our team helps guide students to develop essential values like teamwork, respect, and gracious professionalism through this mission. To achieve our vision we provide student development, STEM inspiration, community outreach, and resource stewardship to every member of our team. After being a part of the 4917 family, we encourage our students to become citizens who inspire others by living their values and contributing in a positive way to the communities around them. Thus what we produce here at 4917 is much more important than a piece of machinery, it's about the people we are developing and preparing them lead our futures.
Don't know how to build a robot? Don't worry we'll teach you! Or if you don't think building is for you, there are many other areas of the team you can join. We divide our team into seven subgroups including business, media, software, design, drive, scouting, and build. You can be on one or all of them it's up to you! And don't worry if you don't have any background knowledge in these areas, our team has industry mentors, classroom teachers and team leaders that are there to coach and share their expertise with you. If you have any questions feel free to contact the team HERE!