Northern Secondary School
Northern Secondary School, or as we like to call it, NSS, is located near the heart of Toronto, Northern is the third largest secondary school in the Toronto District School Board with almost eighteen hundred students; it was founded in September 1930. NSS offers many programs such as the Specialist High Skills Major Program as well as gifted, technology and business streams.
What We've Been Doing
Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, parents, students, School Foundation, Parent Council, School Council, our school, and the tech department, we have been able to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC is an international robotics competition where high school teams design, build and program a robot to compete in a themed game. Throughout the build-season we have been able to develop our skills across various fields including: computer aided design (CAD) software, computerized numerical control (CNC) machines, 3D printers, programming, electronics control system design, business development and problem-solving.
Our sub-teams are groups of students that focus on different aspects of the robot and team operations. They include our Business, Programming, Manufacturing, Design, and the Web Design and Media Teams.
The design team leads the design of the robot. We use OnShape as our CAD software of choice to design and model various parts and components for our robots.
The manufacturing team is responsible for the manufacturing of the robot. We use a variety of tools such as 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutters to create the parts and components for our robots.
The programming team codes the 'brain' of the robot. The language of choice for FRC robots is Java since it provides a great balance between performance and control over systems and functionality.
The outreach team is a combination of the media and business subteams. They're in charge of connecting and working with the community, leading the team's social media presence, and managing the team's finances including all of the fundraising.
The web design team is responsible for the creating and maintaining the website you're looking at right now. Hi 👋!