MONTREAL, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - In front of an audience of 450 at
Bombardier Aerospace's St-Laurent facility, FIRST Robotics Quebec, Bombardier Inc., the Joseph Armand Bombardier Foundation, BMO Financial Group, and Youth Fusion launched today the Quebec edition of this year's FIRST International
Robotics Competition. The Quebec debut of the competition also
highlighted the 25th anniversary of Bombardier's entry into the aerospace industry with the
guests touring the manufacturing facilities and hangars of the CSeries*
Over 300 high school students were eagerly awaiting the announcement of
the rules for this year's game, webcast simultaneously worldwide today.
The teenagers, from 14 Quebec high schools, also received their kit of
parts, which will be used to construct their 120-pound robots in a
short six weeks. Students will work with engineers and mentors to
inspire their creations and succeed in competitions across North
America. The Canadian competition will take place in Toronto at the end
of March 2011.
As a result of its involvement and awareness of the need for a
commitment to countering dropout rates, the business community helped
create FIRST Robotics Quebec, an organization chaired by Laurent
Beaudoin, Chairman of Bombardier Inc., and dedicated to "Promoting the
Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." Several
Quebec-based businesses and institutions (including the J. Armand
Bombardier Foundation, CAE, Université de Sherbrooke, BMO Financial
Group, École Polytechnique de Montréal, École de technologie
supérieure, Hydro-Québec, Future Electronics, Pratt & Whitney Canada,
Commission scolaire de Montréal, Bombardier Inc., Bell Business
Markets, Vigilant Futures and the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund) joined
forces to enable participation by the schools in the 2011 FIRST
robotics international competition.
The FIRST robotics program comprises more than 2000 teams from eight
countries. Its aim is to inspire young people to be science and
technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs
that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire
innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including
self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Note to the editor:
Photographs of today's event will be available in Bombardier's website
(press release section), at: www.bombardier.com
* CSeries is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
SOURCE Youth Fusion
For further information:
Gabriel Bran Lopez
Founder and Executive Director, Youth Fusion