27 Canadian teams head to FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in St.
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
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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Media Contact: James Francis FIRST Robotics Canada
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