Robots and their teen designers take on the Ultimate Ascent at the Hershey
Centre March 29 and 30
11(th) annual FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Toronto West Regionals
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Student teams representing 42 high
schools from Ontario, the US and as far away as Singapore are poised for a
fierce yet friendly two-day robotics competition this week in Mississauga.
Competitors aged 14 to 18 will match their Frisbee shooting, pyramid climbing,
140-lb robots in high-intensity robo-sports, in front hundreds of cheering
fans at The Hershey Centre.
The FIRST Greater Toronto West Regionals begins March 29 and is part of a
series of three Ontario regionals FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC).
Organized by FIRST Robotics Canada, the Ontario FRC regionals are sponsored by
BlackBerry® and Hatch, and supported by a number of leading engineering and
"Since announcing Ultimate Ascent as this year's FRC kick-off 10 weeks ago,
teams all over the world have designed, built and tested their robots in
preparation for their regionals," said Mark Breadner, FIRST Robotics Canada's
Executive Director. "For more than a decade we've had great matches by amazing
teams at our Toronto West Regionals. All of us are looking forward to seeing
the awesome work done by our FIRST students, teachers and mentors this year."
FRC challenges teams to raise funds, and develop their teamwork, project
management and strategic thinking skills. Experts mentor students as they
learn to use cutting edge hardware and software to build and program robots to
perform specific tasks. In tournaments, teams cooperate with and compete
against other teams, in the spirit of "coopertition," in matches that last two
"Canadian innovation begins with students," said Renata Rusiniak, Manager,
Corporate Citizenship at BlackBerry. "FRC ignites young people's interests
in science and technology by showing them that, as a team, they can help to
tackle and solve real-world problems in fun and interesting ways."
Real-world engineering experience
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics
Canada coordinates friendly competition programs for students aged 6-18,
interested in science and technology, as part of a global network of FIRST
organizations. Guided by mentor-experts, students learn how to work as a
team, approach issues and discover technology and engineering careers.
"The skills these students pick up and develop through FIRST competitions are
exactly what we're looking for in our employees," said John Pearson, Global
Managing Director, Hatch. "They are smart, creative and collaborate well when
looking for a solution to complex problems. FIRST is an excellent experience
for their resume!"
Regional winners will be invited to FRC's World Championships in St. Louis,
Missouri, where they will vie for more than $16 million in scholarships to the
world's leading universities in science, technology, engineering and math,
including University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and MIT.
Other Ontario regionals took place in Oshawa and Waterloo this month.
Additional information about FIRST Robotics Canada and its programs can be
found at www.firstroboticscanada.org.
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Research In Motion Limited.
Media Contact: James Francis FIRST Robotics Canada
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