Our team

This year’s Team Helios 5009 has brought together a wide variety of people, each with unique skills and abilities. We united for the purpose of making a robot, and stayed together because of the amazing company of our teammates.

We have a phenomenal group of people on our team who share a deep love for all that is STEM and robot related. This is what defines us as a team, and brings us together as a family. We all came for robots, and stayed for the amazing people we work with and all the memories we have made and will make.

Team members

Adrien | Builder

Adrien is a twelve grade student from Maurice-Lavallée School in Edmonton, Alberta. He is 16 years old. He has never participated in any major robotics activities. This year will be his first in the Helios team. His task in the team is to help come up with ideas for the design of the robot, as well as build it.

Aline| Programmer

Aline is a 12th grade student attending Maurice-Lavallée in Edmonton, Alberta. She is 19 years old and this year and it is her first time programming. Along with the other new programmers, she is learning new skills and techniques everyday. Aline joined Helios 5009, because she is interested in how programming works on the robots. She also likes to learn and explore new things.

Ariane | Programmer

Ariane is 17 years old and a senior at École Maurice-Lavallée, a francophone school in Edmonton. In her previous years at Maurice, she’d been wanting to join Helios 5009 but had never found the courage to join. Ariane is a big fan of TV-shows involving “mechas” and always thought robots and AI were very interesting. Since it is now Ariane’s last year, her friends convinced her to finally join. Because of her interest in programming, maths and how robots work, she joined the Helios team as a programmer. Her job, along with the other programmers, is to bring the robot alive and take control of it through code.

Charles-Ariel | Builder

Charles-Ariel  discovered his passion for robotics at the age of 12, in grade 8 with FLL (FIRST Lego League). At the time, he was in a team called the Panthers. He spent two years on team Panthers and, on his second year, they won the Albertan Championship. This victory allowed him and his extraordinary team to travel to the United States in California at Legoland. He stayed with FLL until he arrived in grade 10 at Maurice-Lavallée School where he joined the legendary FTC robotics team at the school, Helios 5009. Last year, with his incredible team they expired victory of the inspire award and captain of the winning alliance at the Alberta Championship. This allowed him to participate with other teams around the world in the FTC World Competition situated in the U.S. in the beautiful town of Houston, Texas. This year, he is now an eleventh grade student at Maurice-Lavallée School and because of his amazing experience of last year, he continued participating in the robotics team 5009, Helios. This year, like last year, he mainly builds the robot but, due to his experience in construction, he tries his best to guide the new builders.

Etienne | Programmer

Etienne of age 15 is a programmer for team Helios 5009, he has done robotics/programming for a few years but never competitively, until now. Etienne is one of, if not, the most educated programmer for the team this year. Etienne aims to be the very best, the best there ever was, and to also help teach his co-programmers how to program.

Gabriel | 3D designer

Gabriel is a twelve grade student of Maurice-Lavallée, a francophone school in Edmonton, Alberta. This year is his first time participating in any robotic event related and in the Team Helios. He works on the design team, where they 3D build necessary items in Autodesk Fusion 360 and print them on 3D prints.


Jean-Luc | 3D Designer

Jean-Luc  is a 10th grade student who is currently at Maurice-Lavallée, a francophone high school in Edmonton, Alberta. He is 15 years old and he was on the robotics team at Joseph-Moreau in grade 8 and grade 9. He is working in 3D design this year. He, as well as the rest of the 3D design team, need to design and then print very complex projects that have to be correct, if the measurement is wrong by millimeters it can destroy the whole item.

Justin | Builder

Justin is an 11th grade francophone student born in Edmonton Alberta. He is currently attending Maurice-Lavallée high school as it is his school of choice. Before he joined the team in grade ten, he had minimal experience working on robots and programming. But, he was inspired to join the team because he had experience building things for fun and in classes. This is Justin’s second year on Team Helios and is eager to learn from his mistakes as well as develop new skills. He is a builder this year and plans to be a builder in the future.

Kian | Programmer

Kian is a 10th grade student from Maurice-Lavallee school in Edmonton Alberta. He is 15 years old and has been doing robotics since grade 7. He joined the FLL team in 9th grade at Joseph Moreau school and this year he’s part of team Helios 5009. This is his first year in FTC. Kian helps the builders but mostly does programming.

Ludwig | Builder

Ludwig is an 11th grade student attending École Maurice-Lavallée  in Edmonton Alberta. He is 16 years old and has been doing robotics since 8th grade. He has done 2 years in FLL and after a 1 year pause, he joined team Helios 5009, his first year in FTC. In his years of FLL he went to California for the International Competition. Ludwig mostly helps with the building team and the 3D designers team.

Salima | Engineering Notebook

Salima is an 11th grade student who is currently attending Maurice Lavallee, a francophone school in Edmonton, Alberta. She is 16 years old and this year is her first experience in any robotics activities. She is helping with the multimedia department, which consist of updating the team website, contacting other teams, outreach as well as other similar responsibilities. She also took the responsibility of conducting Engineering notebook this year. Salima was interested in robotics for a while now, but other extracurriculars took over her spare time.  Once she was aware that she could help in the multimedia department, she took the chance to finally join Team Hélios.

Saxon | Programmer

Saxon is an 11th grade student from Ecole Maurice-Lavallee in Edmonton, Alberta. She is seventeen and has been involved in robotics since around age eleven, having learned with Lego MINDSTORMS, and took robotics all throughout junior high. She decided to join Helios because she was interested in the challenge of creating a robot completely from scratch and taking part in competitions. She decided to spend her first year with Helios as a programmer as it is a new and useful skill set that will likely have a huge influence on the world in the coming years.

Zacharie | 3D Designer

Zacharie is in 10th grade and works in 3d design and is currently attending Maurice Lavallee, a francophone school in Edmonton, Alberta. He is 15 years old and this year is his first experience in Helios but has been doing robotics since 7th grade. His goal is to bring more attention to the 3D printing and help in construction.


René | Building Mentor

René is mentor for team Helios 5009, this is René’s third year mentoring. René had been a student on the robotics team for 3 years previous to becoming a mentor. Due to this he has a lot of experience in the design, planning and building aspects of FTC. René joined the team because he thought “This looks cool, I want to do it” and then he did it. René enjoyed the friendly competition, the travels and interacting with new people. He hopes to be able to introduce the new students to how fun of FTC can be and to help them to see how these new experiences will help them.

Chih-Hung | Programming Mentor

Chih-Hung is an Alumni of Team Helios 5009 of Maurice-Lavallée. This is Chih-Hung’s second year as a mentor with the team. Last year, he was the main programmer and a driver. In 9th grade, he was part of École Joseph-Moreau’s robotics team, Team 2059, Les Panthères. Back then, Chih-Hung was mostly involved with the construction and journal aspects of the team. When Chih-Hung went on to high school, he joined Team Helios, making the transition to FTC. He joined the robotics team because he was interested in robots from a young age.However most of the schools that he went to didn’t offer a robotics class/program, except for Joseph-Moreau and Maurice-Lavallée. This year, Chih-Hung is mostly focusing on helping the fresh, new programmers. However, he will be glad to help the construction team when needed.

James | Programming Mentor

James is a programming mentor for team 5009 Helios. He is an alumnus of the team and has been mentoring the team for five years. When he was in the team as a student, he was a programmer. He is a software engineering student and has extensive experience with Android Studio and robotics in general. He is currently Software Team Lead with the Autonomous Robotics Vehicle Project (ARVP) at the University of Alberta. He teaches the programming team to program in Java with Android Studio and helps the new programmers use the sensors and cameras needed in this year’s competition.

Thomas | Programming Mentor

Thomas has been involved with FIRST since the 8th grade when he participated in the First Lego League with his Junior High School. He has always enjoyed robotics, mathematics and sciences and they have been his favourite subjects ever since a young age. He admired the technicians and programmers that were capable of animating metallic machines, advancing social communication networks and improving the quality of life in the lives of others. Once he had obtained the opportunity to take his passion and apply it to a tangible and achievable goal, he was instantly attracted. FIRST is the first true chance Thomas had to utilize his knowledge he had accumulated in addition to the connection he created with his teammates and the opposition. Thomas learnt how to apply them towards a useful goal through his participation in the FIRST program. In his first year in the FIRST Lego League competition his team managed to become runner-up in the Alberta provincial competition and the winners of the challenge the next year, granting them a spot in the American Open FLL competition that took place in California in April 2013. He was also successful in FTC, making three trips to the St. Louis World Championship.

Before he graduated, Thomas was most involved in coding for the robot as he was entranced by the ability to take command of his own functioning robot. Although he is still better at programming, he is always willing to lend a hand to the Construction Department or any of the other the team aspects of the FIRST competition. This year he will mostly help with training beginners in programmers as one of their mentors to increase the programming capabilities for the team. He hopes that Team 5009 and other FTC teams will enjoy the stimulating and exciting experiences that FIRST competitions have in store, as they have been to him in the past.


Philippe | Team Manager

Philippe is in his sixth year as coach for Team 5009 Helios, and holds this position after having mentored the team for three years under Mr. Gariépy’s leadership. Philippe first got involved with Team 5009 when Mr. Gariépy asked him to help him with the technical aspect of the competition in their first year. After having accompanied the team to the Alberta Championship in Red Deer, it was clear for Philippe that he had to be part of the team. Philippe has such strong belief in the FTC Program that he also took the role of FTC Affiliate Partner for Alberta five years ago in order to keep the FTC Canadian Championship from being disbanded. Having been a graduate of École Maurice-Lavallée himself, he now has more than ten years of experience as an IT System Administrator for the Francophone school district in Edmonton. Philippe does not work in any particular area with the team members, but oversees their daily activities and manages the team.

Steve | Team Coach

Steve is a mentor and a coach for team 5009 Helios. He has been mentoring the team for eight years and has mentored a number of FLL teams during the last decade. He works as a programmer for the Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) in Edmonton to assist with applications that his company deems useful. He is also interested in robotics on the high school level. As a coach for Team 5009 Helios, he teaches the members how to code in JAVA, the programming language utilized by the FTC robots, and helps the new builders as they gain experience with Tetrix and metal materials, which are the base of the robots in FTC.

Stéphane  | Team Teacher

Stéphane joined Team 5009 Helios this year.  As a teacher representative, he witnessed a talented group of dedicated students, coaches, mentors and volunteers take a small francophone high school of 250 students to a level that can only be described as outstanding. It is with great enthusiasm that he is looking forward to contributing to the team’s success in the years to come. Stéphane teaches physics, mathematics and programming at École Maurice-Lavallée.