MaxTech 4343 would not be a reality without the support of our community. Our operations depend on the countless opportunities we receive from FIRST, donations from our sponsors and the continuous assistance from our mentors. We are truly privileged  to have such of support year after year.  To thank them, we do our best to give back as much as possible. As such we have our community outreach program.

These activities and events help us fundraise for our team, build a stronger ties with our community, provide us with more off-season experience to dedicated students and get to inspire more people about FIRST.

2017 Activities

The Inside Ride @St. Max (May 9th, 2017)

On May 9th, 2017, Team MaxTech 4343 participated at the Inside Ride Canada, an indoor cycling challenge that raised funds in support of children and their families living with and beyond childhood cancer.  We helped the school to reach their fundraising target of $14000. 100% of receipted donations went to support children’s cancer charities.

We were well represented by two teams of riders, and even our safety captain in full safety apparel. On Team 1 we had Jodi, Nick, Jasmine, Louis, Dom, and Alex L. While Samross, Alex D, Jesse, Josh, Leo, and Richard assembled team 2.

Amazing performance by both team: Team 1’s total millage was 22.1km, and Team 2 was able to pedalled for 29.02 km, getting  second place on the event. A special call to the “Tech Tour” team, where some of our mentors also participated (don’t worry, we won’t post their milage)


Support FLL Jr. Ontario Provincial Expo (May 13, 2017)

Mrs. Kerstens and Dominic did a fantastic job @FIRST LEGO Jr. Expo at Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence in York University on May 13th, 2017. Supporting the next generation of MaxTech members. More pictures here

Support FLL Off-season competition at York Catholic District School board (May 17, 2017)

Samross and Katie helped refereeing at an FIRST LEGO regional off-season competition that took place at the York Catholic school district board, on May 17th, 2017. More pictures here

Girls in FIRST Weekend (May 27 and 28, 2017)

Our girls had the opportunity to grow their confidence, hear from inspirational speakers, participate on team-building activities and meet other female members of FIRST teams from across the province. Many thanks to FIRST Canada, for organizing such a great event and enabling opportunities for our team members.

Incredible weekend thanks to our friends @cybergnomes.

Wellington Public School Demo (June 6, 2017)

On June 6, 2017, Nick Camp and Samross Thorg visited Wellington Public School in Aurora, Ontario, as part of a Robotics presentation by Gr. 6 student Akil Mohammed. Students from kindergarten to grade 6 visited the classroom to learn more about the world of robotics, STEM, FIRST and Team 4343.

Elementary School Track and Field (June 6, 7 and 8, 2017)

St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School hosted a 3 day track and field event for elementary schools around the York region. This brought a great fundraising opportunity by managing the concession stands during the tournament.

Thankfully, all the volunteers survived this event. The first day was cold and blustery but the last 2 days warm and sunny. We had a constant stream of athletes at our refreshment & display booths and the volunteers had little time to catch a breathe.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped in the planning and execution of this event.

View more photos & our Social Media pictures can be found here

4343 Team Social (June 17, 2017)

To celebrate a job well done on all the hard work this season, members of 4343 MaxTech, parents and mentors all gathered to enjoy a wonderful lunch and spend some relaxation time together at Sibbald Point Beach.

View more photos here

Ride Don’t Hide (June 25, 2017)

On June 25th 2017, 4343 MaxTech proudly served as Youth Ambassadors for Mental Health at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Ride Don’t Hide community cycling event.  Cycling 20 km through Newmarket, Ontario, we were part of 735 people who cycled, walked and ran, raising over $230,000 to support youth mental health services in our region.  This ride took place simultaneously across Canada, and all rides combined raised almost $1.5 million!

In line with the team’s values of inclusiveness and collaboration, our team reached our goal of raising $1000 and pedalled to started the conversation, to erase the stigma around mental illness, and ensured that everyone feels valued and has access to the care and supports that they need!

Dance in the Park hosted by Rotary Club of Aurora (June 30, 2017)

What better way to enjoy a summer night, than go to Aurora’s annual Dance in the Park hosted by the Rotary Club of Aurora! Surrounded by live performances and indulging with the community of Aurora, 4343 MaxTech took their night to help clean up, collect, and sort out pop and beer cans from recycling bins and audience members. Over 3 bags of cans were filled and collected by the end of the night!

Angus Glen Golf Tournament (July 6, 2017)

Volunteering as Hole Ambassadors for the 2nd Annual Angus Glen Golf Tournament, Katie, Jesse and Samross along with many other FRC teams spoke with and introduced many sponsors to the world of FIRST Robotics and the continuous impact it has towards the today’s youth. Company executives were even given a chance to drive Max 6 in a simulated FIRST Steamworks field.

Aurora Ribfest (August 25 to 27, 2017)

At the annual Aurora Ribfest from August 25-27th, MaxTech had an amazing fundraising opportunity in co-operation with the Aurora Rotary Club selling ice cold pop, juice and water throughout the three day event.

Throughout all three days the entire team worked together to collect all the empty beer and pop cans, where 100% of the proceeding will go towards the Aurora Food Bank.

Grade 9 Orientation Day Recruitment (September 5, 2017)

Outreaching at St Maximilian Kolbe Orientation Day, to the new grade nines coming in this year.

York Region FLL Kickoff (September 23, 2017)

MaxTech 4343 and our brothers & sisters from RAMS Robotics 4001, helped to run this regional FLL event kickoff as smooth as possible.

2016 Activities

Hartman Public School Fun Fair (June 3, 2016)

Samross, Nick Kerstens, Andrea, Jasmine, Josh, Leo and Dom took Max 4.o to Hartman Public Elementary School on Friday, June 3, 2016 to promote FIRST and STEM Minds to kids and their families at the school’s fun fair.


Aurora Street Sale (June 5, 2016)

In partnership with STEM minds, students from 4343 MaxTech help promote FIRST and STEM minds to community of Aurora as by-passers witnessed Max 4.0 in action, picking up totes, driving up and down Yonge Street, and giving people lots of hugs.