Field Tests

Please note: We are in the process of updating this information with our testing from Summer 2017. What you see below is a previous version. For a preview, please see our updates on Twitter


About Field Tests

At the heart of the Field Tests is the underlying education of applying a robot to a problem to have a social impact. We learn about how the design, programming, and sensors work in the field. At the same time, we learn more about problems in the local environment.


During a Field Test a group of us embarks on the mission to use a robot to improve the environment. We venture to an outdoors location and run 3 tasks to test the robot’s functionality for certain problems or experiments that pertain to the locational setting — for example: collecting shoreline debris. We have fun, cheering on the robot, and making observations about how it is performing! We share our observations about the robot & environment during the debrief session.


For the 2016 season, we engaged with 188 participants, collected 2.75kg of debris, and the robot traversed 995m


Get a taste of the Field Test experience in this video:


What participants leave with from the Field Test is the sense of developing robots as useful and helpful tools for humanity can be accessible. They have a newfound appreciation of experiments, and that they need not be afraid of failing – as the experience will be used for the next iteration.


Field Tests are valuable, because it proves the potential of using robotics to tackle large environmental challenges and make an impact.


To be a part of our next Field Test, like our page on Facebook to be alerted of the next event. If you ant to run a Field Test in your community, contact us


2016 Field Tests

Grand total: 2.75kg of debris collected, 995m traversed, 188 participants engaged



11. Hackaday SuperCon ft. NASA Scientists – Central Park, Pasadena, CA – Nov. 5

Debris: 50g Travelled: 75m Participants: 20


Special thanks to: Fred, workshop participants, Sophi, Jasmine, Shulie, Brian, Chris, Erin, Hackaday organisers





10. Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup & International Coastal Cleanup Day – Guild Park, Scarborough, ON – Sept. 17

Debris: 1270g Travelled: 150m Participants: 50


Special thanks to:Rose, all the volunteers, and WWF Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup





9. SUPER Field Test – Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON – Aug. 27

Debris: 110g Travelled: 150m Participants: 12


Special thanks to: Agnieszka, Derek, Elaine, Sam, Sen, Randy, Erin





8. RBC Canada 150 – Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON – Aug. 10

Debris: 20g Travelled: 75m Participants: 4


Special thanks to: RBC Canada 150 crew (and rain day: Jeff, Erin)





7. CASTAWAY (Surf the Greats) – Toronto Island (Snake Island), Toronto, ON – Aug. 6

Debris: 360g Travelled: 100m Participants: 40


Special thanks to: Sam, Fiona, Jeff, Erin, Surf the Greats





6. Maker Festival – Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON – July. 6

Debris: 0g Travelled: 20m Participants: 7


Special thanks to: RJ, Randy, Daniel, Sam, Tim, Erin, Maker Festival





5. Field Test at Woodbine Beach – Woodbine Beach, Toronto, ON – June 25

Debris: 160g Travelled: 50m Participants: 10


Special thanks to: Sahana, Sam, Tim, Charlie, Charlie’s friend, Erin





4. Baseline Testing – Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON – June 17

Debris: 0g Travelled: 175m Participants: 4


Special thanks to: Sam, Daniel, Sahana, Erin





3. Ottawa Field Test with Maker Junior – Westboro Beach, Toronto, ON – May 28

Debris: 195g Travelled: 75m Participants: 25


Special thanks to: Alison, Hari, Nanik, Steve, Emily, Jason, Giacomo, Erin, Maker Junior





2. Studio Y Prototype Testing #2 – Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, ON – Apr. 16

Debris: 560g Travelled: 75m Participants: 7


Special thanks to: Arij, Stephen, Randy, Fiona, Sen, Daniel, Sam, Erin





1. Studio Y Prototype Testing #1 – Cherry Beach, Toronto, ON – Apr. 2

Debris: 25g Travelled: 50m Participants: 9


Special thanks to: RTan, Sabrina, Sen, Dave, Ryan CS, Joseph, Andrew, Erin







During the Field Test, the volunteers have specific sub-teams to be on so that everyone is participating in the Field Test and will contribute to the success of it. Here are the roles that each sub-team plays:





Environment Observer



Mission Operations



Robot Operator



Task Assistant






Here are videos of moments from our previous Field Tests:


Ottawa Field Test

Robot collecting shoreline debris – bottle cap


Robot Picking up Debris – Field Test at Cherry Beach