27 Canadian teams head to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, MO

27 Canadian teams head to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St. 
Louis, MO 
World's future science and technology stars come together April 24 to 27 
TORONTO, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ - FIRST Robotics Canada announced 27 teams from 
three provinces will represent some of our nation's best young minds in 
science and technology at this week's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) 
Championship in St. Louis, MO. The Canadian teams join more than 370 from 
around the globe in a fierce-yet-friendly three-day Frisbee-shooting, 
pyramid-climbing competition that tests their skills, collaboration and 
creativity. Students will vie for the opportunity to win more than $16 
million in FIRST-specific scholarships to the world's leading universities in 
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), including the University of 
Toronto, University of Waterloo and MIT. Teams earned invitations at 
regional competitions; Canadian regional competitions took place in Alberta, 
Ontario and Quebec over the past few weeks. 
Canadian teams headed to St. Louis are: 
Alberta Longhorn Robotics Society, Calgary Ernest Manning High School, Calgary  
Assumption Secondary School, Windsor Burlington Central High School, Burlington
Crescent School, Toronto Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, Mississauga
Kinetic Knights, Kincardine
King's Christian Collegiate, Oakville
Kingston Collegiate & Vocational Institute, Kingston
Lo-Ellen Robotics, Sudbury
Near North Student Robotics Initiative, North Bay
Oakville Community Robotics, Oakville
Orchard Park Secondary School, Stoney Creek
Runnymede Collegiate Institute, Toronto
Simbiotics, St. Catharines
Sinclair Secondary School, Whitby
St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, Grimsby
St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School, Oakville
Theory6, Mississauga
W.A.F.F.L.E.S Community Robotics, Kingston
WE FIRST, London (two teams)
Westlane Secondary School, Niagara Falls 
College Regina Assumpta, Montreal
École Honoré-Mercier, Montreal
Ecole secondaire La Frontalière (CS des Hauts-Cantons), Coaticook
Loyola High School, Montreal 
Canadian FRC regional competitions brought together 121 teams of 25 to 30 
students, aged 14 to 18, who designed and built robots in six weeks, guided by 
volunteer science and technology experts. Regional finals are organized by 
FIRST Robotics Canada, sponsored by BlackBerry® and Hatch, and supported by 
FedDev Ontario (Southern Ontario) and the Province of Ontario - Ministry of 
"Our competitors continually amaze us with their ingenuity and this year was 
no different," said Mark Breadner, FIRST Robotics Canada's Executive Director. 
"FRC gives students a taste of what it's like to solve real world problems 
using robotics. It inspires students to pursue futures in STEM fields, and 
encourages them to consider the ethics of competition and practice the ideas 
of 'gracious professionalism' and 'co-opertition.'" 
Real-world engineering experience 
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics 
Canada coordinates friendly competition programs for students aged 6 to18, 
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. 
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 
James.francis@firstroboticscanada.org 519.851.4988 
SOURCE: FIRST Robotics Canada 
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