E Blast #1 Feb. 25, 2022

Email Blast #1 Feb. 25, 2022

Good afternoon North Bay FRC Event teams.


We are very excited to welcome you to our North Bay Week 5 Event, Sunday April 3 at Nipissing University’s beautiful Robert Surtees Athletic Centre. Thank you for choosing our event!


Thank you Nipissing University President Dr. Kevin Wamsley for accepting the role of Honorary Chair. Please take time to visit the Nipissing University welcome table when you come to our event.

Thank you also to Don McGrath and Paul Cook for returning as our co-chairs.

Here are a few details to assist you in planning your FIRST Robotics Competition experience with us.

Team Gifts

Thank you to our gracious Platinum sponsor, Redpath, for gifting each team with two batteries and also each team member with a personal gift. We will make sure these are delivered to your pit.


A special welcome to the only event rookie, FIRST Team 8729 – Sparkling H2O from Kanata.Please know that our North Bay steering committee welcomes questions and that all teams are available to help and make sure that you have a great time at our event.

Food on campus

We will be advising re. cafeteria hours for the main Nipissing University building in our next email blast. Everyone is encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle. Nipissing has water bottle filling stations throughout the venue, and we want everyone to stay healthy and hydrated.

Help for Teams

Be sure to check out the FIRST Canada Hub and resource page at: https://www.firstroboticscanada.org/hubs/ . We will also have team support volunteers should you need assistance with your robot.

Robot Carts

For those teams traveling,  we have robot carts for your use. Please let me (Nancy) know if you need a robot cart.

Machine shop

We will have a machine shop trailer staffed with volunteers to assist teams with their machining needs.

Boxed lunches and lunch rooms provided for each team

In lieu of our usual fun social, we will be providing teams with free boxed lunches. Order forms will be provided in our next email blast. NU has also graciously arranged for each team to have their own classroom in the main building where teams can eat .


Be sure to book your hotels soon.


If you have anyone joining you that would be interested in volunteering at the North Bay event, please contact our co-Volunteer Coordinators, Nancy Dewar Stenning  at [email protected] or Anthony Calicuri at [email protected]

Team Rosters

Just a reminder to complete the Team Roster on the FIRSTinspires.org  Dashboard.

Media Launch

We are hosting our first media event in a very long time on Tuesday March 22. Teams are welcome to send a short testimonial about how excited you are for the competition or any kind words you wish to share. Your messages will be read at the media launch.

Please email them to me, Nancy, [email protected]

FIRST Canada-Ontario COVID-19 Policies & Protocols for Indoor In-person Events


As well, Nipissing University states that they require face covering as explained: “A face covering is a non-medical mask with a minimum of three layers that covers the mouth, nose and chin.”

Take care.



Nancy Dewar-Stenning

North Bay FRC Event Tournament Director