E Blast #3 – March 30, 2022

Dear North Bay FRC teams,


Only three more sleeps and our North Bay FRC Event Planning Committee can’t wait to see you! Here are a few notes to help ensure a good experience.


  1. Yay! All teams are now registered for a free boxed lunch.Your lunches will arrive at your assigned team lunch rooms, which will be open between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There will be cleaning supplies in each room. Room assignments can be picked up at Pit Admin.

  2. COVID Protocols

    1. FIRST Canada protocols can be found here: https://www.firstroboticscanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Vaccination-Policy-2.pdf

    2. Additionally, Nipissing University requires that only 3-layer disposable masks be worn in their facilities. Cloth over disposable masks is acceptable.

    3. In addition to FIRST Canada protocols, Nipissing University asks that all participants attempt to get a NU specific QR code via the Nipissing Vaccine Passport portal found here: https://nipissingu.apparmor.com/webapp/default.aspx?menu=Welcome+to+Web+Vaccine+Passportload . If you need help with this, please contact Michelle, NU Health and Safety Officer at [email protected]. Very important – For individuals who are unable to access the portal due to remote locations or internet challenges, NU Health and Safety  will accept that teams use the Ontario vaccine documents as valid proof of full vaccination. 

  3. Today is the second day of pit interviews. Good luck to all teams. Please be sure to check your email from FIRST Canada to confirm your times.

  4. Parking

    1. Trailers may park at the back of Lot 5. Trailers may stay there overnight if needed.

    2. Buses park in Lot 9

    3. Accessible parking is available in Visitor Parking Lot 4.

    4. Other guest parking is available in Parking Lot 5.

  5. Team access is through the main doors at the front lobby of the Robert Surtees Athletic Centre.

  6. No food or drink, other than water, in the pit or stands. Best to bring your own reusable bottles.

  7. Teams will be assigned seating areas in the stands. Please respond to this email if you need more accessible seating.

  8. Good news, we will have a limited quantity of specially designed North Bay Event shirts on sale from 10:00 AM to 3:00 for $10 – cash only. 

  9. Many of our participating teams have already earned awards – a big congrats to them! 

  10. Food

    1. There will be a canteen at the Robert Surtees Athletic Centre with hot dogs and snacks. We ask that these snacks be consumed outside the facility.

    2. Lunch is provided for all, but if other food is needed, this will require leaving campus as nothing else will be open. 

  1. A big shout out to our wonderful Platinum Sponsors, Redpath and Nipissing University! Expect to find some very nice gifts from these gracious folks on your pit table upon arrival.


Remember that if you have any questions or concerns I (Nancy Dewar-Stenning) am very pleased to help. [email protected] or 705-499-4619. Safe travels!

Please respond to this email so that we know that you have received this information.

Go teams!



Nancy Dewar-Stenning
North Bay Robotics FRC Tournament Director

Co Volunteer Coordinator



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

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Coach’s & Parents Information Night

FLL JR info night 2019

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019

Presented by FIRST Team 1305 – ICE³

This is your opportunity to come out and learn about this fabulous program for children ages 6-9 (grades 1-4). Meet with experienced coaches, parents and team members, and have all your questions answered.

The FLL Jr. Season can start anytime throughout the year with a showcase in. Most teams meet once per week for 1 hour.

Who: Potential Coaches and Parents interested in finding out more about FIRST®LEGO® League Jr. Robotics

When: Wednesday January 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: West Ferris Intermediate Secondary School, 60 Marshall Park Drive, North Bay



More info: Heather Kelso [email protected] or 705-845-6765

This is not a school board organized event

Batteries from Redpath

We are very pleased to share that our gracious Platinum sponsor, Redpath Mining, is gifting a robot battery to each team at our event! Thank you Redpath for your generosity in sponsoring our event and providing so much talent to our pool of volunteers! Our North Bay ambassadors will distribute the batteries on the Thursday night of our event.

New Lead Robot Inspector

Thank you Darcy Wallingford for graciously volunteering to be our Lead Robot Inspector in North Bay. There are a few notes attached from Darcy to help ensure each team is well prepared for fun on the playing field. He asks that if teams have any questions to please email him at [email protected].

Awesome Social 2018

North Bay likes to show appreciation to all our hardworking teams and volunteers, so we will once again be hosting a free team and volunteer social. Yes, there will be lots of food and poutine! Lots of other surprises too. Thank you to Gold sponsor Epiroc/Atlas Copco for sponsoring our event and team social once again!

The sign-up form is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/NNau1HLQSKfUqIyg2

2017 North Bay Robotics Video

Volunteers Needed

Planning Committee News