WOW! Over 15,000 Ear Savers Printed!

Our 3-D printers and more importantly our volunteers need a break! A very well deserved break.

What began as a simple idea, grew into a great story of dedicated volunteerism, corporate partnership and a determination to support our front line workers in way that was unique and a great fit for our members and our friends.

The Alberta region is entering Phase 2 of the Covid-19 recovery plan. Given that the requests for the ear savers have significantly declined and many of our volunteers are being recalled back to their places of employment, we have decided to halt production of the ear savers.

We are very grateful to all the volunteers who pushed their hobby grade 3-D printers into commercial service and printed non-stop for weeks, our “runners” who delivered supplies, picked up and delivered ear savers all over the region and of course our sponsor Dow Canada, who provided us with the financial support we needed. You all made this possible!

I am fortunate and thankful that I was able to personally make several deliveries of the ear savers to the Hero’s on the Front Lines. It was humbling to receive the very genuine heart felt appreciation for these donations and there are no words for me to express to our volunteers, how much your efforts are making a difference.

Dean Kennedy

Update – Over 10,000 Ear Savers Printed!

It’s now been about 6 weeks since we have started supporting the front-line workers with “ear saver” mask clips.

A sample of some of the responses we have received:

Just wanted to give you a big thank you! The ear savers have been truly amazing…. And are probably the only reason that I still even have an outer ear left! Thank you again for the connection and mailbox delivery. You and the Robotics Club ROCK! Becky

On behalf of Point’s West Living, we wanted to send a million thanks for your kind donation of the ear savers. They are very welcome and we really appreciate it.” Tracy

I have reached out to teams and ear savers are going ‘like candy’ for the health care teams. I would gladly hand out and share ear savers out to providers” Manager Operations, Stollery Hospital

” Thank you to your team for the mask extenders/ear savers!! They are so greatly appreciated by our staff. Your efforts have far benefits, as so often it’s these kind of things that make a world of difference.” The Staff Extendicare Athabasca.

https://www.thevitalbeat.ca/news/teen-3d-printing-project-helps-healthcare-workers/

By the Numbers:

Thank You!

Absolutely none of this happens without the very generous support and hard work of our volunteers! We currently have 11 committed helpers at the control of 17 3-D printers. Of course we are also very grateful to Dow Canada for their continued financial support!

Supporting Our Awesome Front Line Workers

What started out as a request to our team for ideas or suggestions for helping our community during this pandemic, has now grown into full time production of supplies to help our front line workers.

When we began back on March 28th, we and a few friends had four 3-D printers that we quickly put to work producing hand sanitizer bottle holders. Then came the request for the ear savers for the front line workers that have to wear surgical masks everyday and all day. The initial request was for 500. We decided to recruit more help. Then the orders kept coming…..

Today, with the help of our robotics friends Helios (FTC-5009), Cyber Flex (FTC-15254), as well as friends and colleagues from the area, we are now coordinating ear saver production from seventeen 3-D printers from across the region. Weekly production has exceeding more than 3000 units and we have supplied over 7000 ear savers to those on the front lines of this pandemic. To top it off, these are being supplied free of charge thanks to the very generous support of Dow Canada who has provided funding for our materials . Thank You!

We continue to get request for ear savers on a daily basis, both locally and from nearby communities, and we are working hard to supply them as quickly as we can.

If you are part of an organization that requires it’s staff to wear masks for the protection of your clients, we are happy to support your efforts by providing you with some ear savers. Please use the contact page to reach us and we will do our best to support you as you help others.

Thank you!

Dean Kennedy

CTV News Edmonton: https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/local-teens-3d-printing-thousands-of-ear-savers-for-health-care-and-front-line-workers-1.4919859

Our Response to Covid-19

When our robotics season was abruptly halted, just a few short days after our Cyber Eagles won the Inspire Award for the province of Alberta, we were devastated. After all, we were starting to make plans for our trip to Houston, Texas to join the world in competition and fun. Looking back, the loss of our trip pales in comparison to the pain and suffering we are now witnessing across the globe. During these days of isolation, I asked our team “what can we do to help?” I know these students are incredibly smart, thoughtful and a very caring group. It didn’t take long for a response.

We quickly learned that our front-line emergency responders would appreciate a holder for the hand sanitizer bottles that they have to keep with them. Something that would attach to their belts. It wasn’t long and we had a program that we could use on our 3-D printer and very quickly production began. We recruited three other friends with printers to join us in the project and we were off! The initial request was for 50 units, which did not take us long to complete.

Next we reached out to other contacts we had in the health community. We asked if there was something we could do to support them. They responded with the following photo,

With their staff having to constantly wear protective masks, the area behind their ears were becoming raw and very sore. They ask if we could make these plastic devices to hook their masks onto. Within just a few hours we had produced half a dozen and delivered them to their facility for them to test. The next morning, they requested 500+ units as soon as we can get them, AND they were going to let the other organizations in the area know about them. We quickly recruited our friends and we are now producing over 300 units per day! Better still, we are getting requests from other teams to share the file so they can start producing Ear Savers.

We acknowledge that in the grand picture, this is a pretty small contribution. But we are thrilled to support our emergency responders and hard working front-line workers in anyway that we can.

Houston, the Cyber Eagles “were” landing…. but then came Covid-19

The SCRA is very proud to announce that their FTC team the Cyber Eagles, battled back after a very technically challenging season to join the alliance captain SWAT Bots Red (FTC 10015) and alliance partner SWAT Bots Black (FTC 16595) in the Alberta FTC Championship competition. This powerful alliance proved to be too strong to be defeated and came out on top, securing a ticket to the FIRST Worlds Championship event in Houston for SWAT Bots Red. Congratulations on your well deserved Victory!

Throughout the year, when the Cyber Eagles were not working on their robot, they were in the community supporting the Boys and Girls Club in Ft. Saskatchewan, Scouts Canada, and mingling with local industries at various events. They were also doing all kinds of research into advanced technologies that can be applied to our robots to improve performance and reliability. All of these efforts contributed to the Cyber Eagles winning the coveted INSPIRE Award, the highest honor available in our region. In recognition of this honor, the INSPIRE Award winning team is also presented with the opportunity to participate at the FIRST Worlds Championship event in Houston! Congratulations Cyber Eagles on securing another trip to Houston!

UPDATE

Unfortunately, due to the current Global Pandemic of the Corona Virus, all FIRST events have been postponed or cancelled including World Championships in Houston and Detroit. Obviously our students and coaches/mentors are very disappointed in this situation, but we acknowledge that the health and safety of all participants and their families are paramount. We look forward and will begin to prepare for next season .

Cyber Eagles FLY at 4th Round of N. Alberta FTC

Cyber Eagles Soar!

After a very disappointing outcome in the 1st round, the Cyber Eagles took time to re-calibrate their robot design and programming for improved efficiency and reliability. A great deal of time, effort and commitment resulted in a new intake/output design, an innovative Skystone intake and a ground breaking navigation system. As a result, the Eagles soared above the rest and finished the day with 5 wins and no losses. Although they are very pleased with the result, they are not content. They see opportunities to improve and over the next few weeks, they will continue to adjust, tweak, and re-evaluate their existing systems and explore new ones.

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM!

Looking forward to the next round in Lacombe, Alberta. Feb 29, 2020

TEAM X Brings BIG Performance to NAIT at Northern Alberta Competition!

TEAM X has been working hard in preparation for the Northern Alberta Championship, and their hard work sure paid off.

Leading for most of the competition and finishing in second place, they demonstrated to the other 40 or so teams, that they were a team that is not only determined, but also very creative and technically skilled. Winning the “Mechanical Design Award”, their advanced design rose above the competition. CONGRATULATIONS to this team of INNOVATORS!

Tournament Announcement

November 30, 2019 9:00 am. Dow Centennial Centre, Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta

The Strathcona County Robotics Association and the FTC Cyber Eagles are very proud to announce they are hosting the first FTC robotics competition of the 2019/2020 season SKYSTONE, for the Northern Alberta region.