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Learn why Bot Camp has the best robotics instructors. All our staff have award-winning competitive robotics experience. Read their bios here.

Mr. Lim Bio PicShawn Lim, B.Sc (CompEng), B.Ed, OCT

Founder

Mr. Lim is a Director of District Model Implementation at FIRST Robotics Canada. He has been a prominent figure in the educational robotics community since 1996. A member of the very first Canadian competitive robotics team at Woburn Collegiate Institute. He and two other Woburn Robotics members founded Flatline Solutions Inc (FSI), a smart-meter data acquisition company; now a part of Quadlogic Meters Canada. FSI developed cutting-edge peer-to-peer technology for collecting smart-meter readings over the internet. In 2006 he was awarded a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for outstanding robotics mentorship. In 2008, he successfully exited FSI and began a career as a teacher, earning his teaching degree at UOIT. Upon graduating he accepted a full-time teaching position at Runnymede Collegiate Institute where he developed course curriculum integrating robotics into his classroom. His robotics programs produced high student academic achievement and satisfaction. Furthermore, they introduced opportunities to develop character, resilience, real-life problem-solving skills, and enthusiasm towards science, technology, engineering and math. He also was a key mentor on Runnymede’s FIRST Robotics team 1310, instilling a culture of high-performance, strategic goal-setting, efficiency, achievement and perseverance. In 2010, Mr. Lim accepted a teaching position at the Crescent School with the intention of building a world-class robotics program. In 2013, this goal was fully realized when Crescent’s robotics team won the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships in St. Louis, MO. Today, Crescent’s robotics program is one of the most recognizable programs in the world, with Mr. Lim considered one of the most accomplished mentors in the robotics community.

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Ms. Tran  Bio PicLinh Tran, B.A, J.D

General Manager

Ms. Tran is legal counsel with the Province of Ontario. She has worked at a national law firm, the Association of Corporate Counsel (Ontario Chapter), the Toronto District School Board, the Ministry of the Attorney General – Crown Law Office Civil, the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. She has also been called to the bar and is licensed to practice law in four jurisdictions: New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Ontario. Ms. Tran has provided legal support in renewable energy disputes, and prepared a variety agreements for infrastructure projects, technology procurements, and business development grants. She was involved in running continuing education seminars for lawyers, and serves as a judge at Toronto-area FIRST Robotics Competition events.

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Kyle Laughton

Camp Director

Mr. Laughton will be heading into his 2nd year at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology for Mechanical Engineering. His passion for robotics and STEM comes from his 5 years of involvement on his high school’s FIRST Robotics team. Mr. Laughton is now an alumnus of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1310: Runnymede Robotics, and has been a volunteer for FIRST Robotics events such as FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FRC for the past 5 years. While on the robotics team in the 11th and 12th grade he was one of three co-captains for the entire team as well as the head of the construction team. Having such a responsible role for those 2 years has taught him how to manage his time as well as communicating with large groups of students. While being involved on the robotics team Mr. Kyle has also mentored multiple FLL teams since the 10th grade. In addition to his involvement in FIRST Robotics, Kyle is also a former lifeguard but has taken a step back from lifeguarding to encourage robotics and STEM education in his community.

Andrea Valenzuela

Robotics Instructor

Ms. Andrea was first exposed to robots on TV, shows like Battlebots and Robot Wars peaked her interest. When the opportunity for her to join her school’s FIRST robotics team in grade 9 presented itself, she jumped at the opportunity. Her interests on the team began with purely manufacturing, but eventually the machinist became a designer too. It grew from rough sketches to more detailed drawings, and gradually moved onto CAD. As a grade 11/12 student Ms. Andrea was one of the main presenters at the many open houses and demonstrations held by her team. This experience helped boost her confidence when talking to large groups, and fostered the development of her communication skills. She later used these skills while mentoring several first robotics teams. Since graduating, she’s been a FIRST robotics mentor every year, usually overseeing the manufacturing, design, and build aspect of every team she has worked with, as well as any administrative or organizational tasks that present themselves. By teaching CAD, aspects of mechanical design, and safe machine practices, Ms. Andrea empowers her students to learn, solve problems, enjoy themselves, and engineer the most competitive robot possible.

Sayanthan Paramananthan

Robotics Instructor

Mr. Sayanthan is a first year engineering student at McMaster University. He received his first taste of robotics by joining his middle school VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team in 2010 and has been an active student on his VRC team for 5 years, his FRC team (1241) for 4 years and his FLL team for a year. During his tenure on robotics Sayanthan has won numerous awards at competitions, including a 2013 FRC world championship, a division finalist and many more. From his time as a student he has learned many technical skills like Autodesk Inventor, EasyC, Lego Mindstorms programming, and solid engineering concepts and principles; as well as many interpersonal skills. Now an alumni of the FIRST robotics program, Mr. Sayanthan volunteers at many events in a variety of roles. He was volunteer of the year at a VRC regional tournament for his contributions as the volunteer/event coordinator. He has shared his experiences by mentoring many FLL teams at a local community library since he was in grade 9 and is currently a technical mentor for FRC 1241 and 1285. Mr. Sayanthan not only spreads STEM awareness to youth that he mentors, but to all age groups through workshops and presentations he helps to run.

Pujan Parikh

Robotics Instructor

Mr. Pujan is a grade 12 student at Central Peel SS in Brampton. He was introduced to robotics through the AP program and FRC Team 1241 showing their 2013 world champion robot at Grade 9 orientation night. Mr. Pujan has further explored STEM by taking courses such as Technology and Computer Science. In Grade 9, he joined team FRC 4939 in its inaugural year, and put his programming skills to use. In the 4 years of the teams existence he has constantly improved himself and helped his team grow. In 2017, Mr. Pujan has helped FRC Team 4939 reach new heights by winning 3 district events, becoming district champ finalists and winning an innovation in controls award. Mr. Pujan plans on pursuing an engineering degree in mechatronics starting in September 2017. Mr. Pujan has devoted much of his time in ensuring the FLL teams his team started are successful and students enjoy their experience. With his commitment both on the field, and during build season, Mr. Pujan has learned how to solve complex problems, design for success and most importantly, how to be a team player.

Joseph Kachura

Robotics Instructor

Mr. Joseph is soon entering 3rd Year in Computer Engineering at Queen’s University. His interest in STEM began in his early high school years during his involvement with the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) as a member of Crescent School’s Team 610. Through innovation and teamwork, Team 610 placed first at the FRC championship in St. Louis out of a field of 400 teams from around the world in 2013. During the 2015 FRC season, Joseph was nominated to lead the team’s energy systems division. From these experiences, he decided to pursue Computer Engineering at Queen’s University and continues to find satisfaction in producing elegant and effective solutions to engineering problems. Joseph hopes to help others grow their interest and passion in STEM. As a well-rounded individual, Joseph also enjoys playing the violin, competing on the Queens Varsity ultimate Frisbee team, and volunteering as a wilderness camp counselor for scouts.

Nathan Yohannes

Robotics Volunteer

Nathan is a grade 10 student from Woburn CI. He has a cheerful and fun to be around attitude which carries over into his work. His love for STEM brought him to Team 188, and has shown him responsibility, respect, and how to enjoy robotics. Nathan’s leadership roles led him to take up volunteering roles in his community. His VEX robotics skills involve building, wiring, and instructing. Nathan also has experience teaching younger students music which helped his love of sharing knowledge grow. Nathan sees every volunteering opportunity as a new pathway that not only benefits himself, but more importantly the people he volunteers for.

Yosihan Yogeswaran

Robotics Volunteer

Yosihan is a Grade 10 student at Woburn CI and is very excited about volunteering positions within Bot Camp. He is a well-rounded student, engaging in many school sports and clubs, while excelling in academics. What sets Yosihan apart from the other students is his passion and dedication towards robotics. Yosihan has been engaged in robotics activities and competitions, participating in FLL, VEX and FRC as a part of Team 188. Participating in these competitions, Yosihan has gained knowledge of various robotic mechanisms and teamwork skills. He has also gained robotics experience in programming, electrical and mechanical design, and manufacturing, and is Mechanical Lead on Team 188. Yosihan is also an active volunteer at Cedarbrae Library’s Leading to Reading program, helping children ages 6 to 12 improve their literacy skills. Yosihan has gained extensive experience working and engaging with kids, and his passion towards robotics continually drives him to becoming a Mechatronics Engineer. Yosihan is eager to share his passion towards robotics with the students of Bot Camp.

Mr. Tony  Bio PicTony Lam

Camp Director

 

Mr. Noeen  Bio PicNoeen Kashif

Robotics Instructor

Bilal Qadar

Robotics Instructor

Apoorav Soni

Robotics Instructor

Krysta Peralto

Robotics Instructor

Richard Li

Robotics Instructor

Gabe Mok

Robotics Volunteer

Lily Prendergast

Robotics Volunteer

Nicholas Oprescu-Havriliuc

Robotics Volunteer

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