Who We Are

Ernest Manning High School's FIRST Robotics Team, Manning Robotics (formerly Iron Manning), is made up of grade ten through twelve students interested in the fields of Engineering, Technology, Communication, Business, and Science. This unique program provides students the opportunity to design, construct and compete in high profile, innovative robotics competitions. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) encourages students to interact with mentors and their community to further their understanding and skills in Science and Technology. Being part of Manning Robotics and FRC will prepare the students for increasing number of career opportunities available to them in the highly skilled and lucrative technology sectors of the global economy. The robotics competition develops life skills of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, and community as well as project management, financial management and business.

What We Do

As high school students we get to work alongside many adult mentors with a broad range of skills. These include; programming, building, fund development, travel arrangements, and communication. During the 6 week build season of the competition we put everything we have learned into designing the new robot. Our mentors, teachers, and coaches are part of our strategy meetings, robot design and build. Together, we learn to use a combination of sophisticated hardware and software that ranges from 3D Printing to laser cutting, as well as integrating computer assisted design into designing of the robot.

Female Advancement In STEM

Manning Robotics strives to involve as many females into STEM programs as possible. This is done because we believe that there needs to be a higher representation of female involvement in the STEM community. We often hold presentations to younger students and local Girl Guide programs in order to try to increase the interest of STEM in these communities.

Our Team Members Are Using

  • Industry Standard Amatrol Training in Electrical and Electrical Control Systems which aligns with the Amatrol training
    used at SAIT (Automation) and at NAIT (Shell Centre for Innovative Manufacturing).
  • Industry Standard Festo Pneumatics and Electrical Control Training Systems which align with the same training and equipment
    used at SAIT (Automation) NAIT –Shell Centre for Innovative Manufacturing.
    • Industry Standard Autodesk Fusion 360 Software for 3D CAD modelling of all parts. Certificated Training is provided through Lynda.com.
  • Stratasys Dimension 3D Printing for rapid prototyping and manufacture of parts.
  • National Instruments Labview and Java programming software aligned with the Advanced College Placement Computer Science curriculum.
    • 'Rapid Visualization' skills as taught in University Industrial Design Programs to ensure effective 3D ideation of concepts and the design process.

    Giving Back

    It is equally important that we give back to our community. We are involved in mentoring youth in one Calgary community school, Scout’s Canada, Girl Guides, and several other new high school FRC teams. The purpose of this initiative is to excite younger children in the world of Science and Technology, and teach valuable employment and life skills.

    October Per Season