11th 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 minutes.
"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
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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SOURCE: FIRST Robotics Canada
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