Team 188

Team 188 has always set out to create its own path in the world of robotics. Having the distinction of being the first Canadian team to enter US FIRST in 1998 as well as having founded the Greater Toronto Regional, Team 188 has transformed into a leader, mentor, and a role model for other teams in Canada and the United States.

Our History

Team 188 believes in creating positive change and understands that the key to achieving new milestones is a web of interconnected actions and relationships. On Team 188, we work to spread awareness of STEM at each level of society. Our vision of spreading the message of FIRST can be summarized by the “CAN” approach, signifying that we can achieve our mission. CAN is an acronym that stands for “Community”, “Around the World”, and “Near Us”. To spread the awareness of STEM, Team 188 actively reaches out to youth in the community, around the world, and to those who are already members of the FIRST family.

About FIRST Robotics and VEX Robotics

FIRST Robotics Competition and VEX Robotics Competition are the two of the major Robotics Competitions where teams from all around the world come to participate.

FIRST Robotics

What does FIRST stand for? For those passionate about robotics and still trying to find the meaning of this acronym, FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Research of Science and Technology." FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen with the goal of getting high school students interested in engineering and technology. FIRST's headquarters are in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his first FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) was held in 1992. FIRST will host the FTC (First Tech Challenge) and FLL (First Lego League), as well as the Jr. FLL. Dean Kamen started this as a tribute to science and technology as stated in his mission. “Our mission is to engage young people in stimulating mentor-based programs that build skills in science, engineering and technology, inspire innovation and develop a wide range of life skills, including self-confidence to inspire young people to become leaders in communication and leadership. Students learn not only engineering, but also project management, ROBOTC programming, AutoCAD programs, and how to build your own. FIRSTers are instilled with a lifelong love of science and technology, just as the founders intended. If the league's incredible growth is any proof, FIRST will continue to inspire and nurture a love of technology, science, and graceful professionalism in generations of his FIRSTers.

VEX Robotics

A former chapter of FIRST, it has grown into a huge international program. This is very similar to his FTC program in FIRST. The robots are the same size and use similar types of metal. Their World Championships will be held the same week as FIRST's World Championships. Similar to FIRST itself. Both VEX and FIRST are listed for educational purposes and for worldwide competition. Additionally, VEX has its own computer program. Use ROBOTC for Vex Cortex and Pic. The FTC also uses his ROBOTC, but in a slightly different format. However, VEX is generally cheaper and bigger than FTC. High school and college students compete against other teams around the world. The VEX Robotics Competition is the largest and fastest growing robotics program for middle and high schools worldwide, with over 7,300 teams from over 25 countries competing in his 400+ tournaments worldwide. I'm here. The VEX U College and University competition features over 220 teams competing in local tournaments and his own division of the VEX World Championship.