GryphTech Robotics, an extra-curricular Gravenhurst High School Robotics team started out with nine students in its rookie year.  Now in its third season, the team has grown to 28 students with an equal number of male and female students. Each season GryphTech builds an original robot and competes at two First Robotics Canada competitions.

The students learn how to program the robot using Java and connect it electronically to a RoboRio. Each year the students design a lift and manipulator mechanism.  During the competition, the students drive the robot using a joystick and computer commands and work together with two other robots to complete a challenge. Working with two mentors, Iggi van Kooten and Linda Hachmer, the students learn manufacturing, design, programming, business planning and gracious professionalism. Students work afterschool for approximately 3,000 hours with their mentors to meet deadlines and create a functioning robot before their first competition. All of our alumni from the team have gone on to study in STEM including Engineering and Industrial Design.

With an annual budget of $29,000, students take an active role in securing funding from community sources and making decisions on purchases for the robot. This year the team is looking for 100 businesses or individuals to donate at least $100 to the team. The 100 for 100 campaign will allow the team to attend the two competitions this spring. If interested in further information or making a donation please contact Linda Hachmer at

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