Third annual FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Toronto East Regional
TORONTO, March 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Student teams representing 35 high
schools from Ontario, Quebec, Michigan and Mexico are poised for a
fierce yet friendly three-day robotics competition this week at
University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Competitors aged 14-18
will match their Frisbee shooting, pyramid climbing, 140-lb robots in
high-intensity robo-sports, in front hundreds of cheering fans at
UOIT's Campus Recreational and Wellness Centre.
The FIRST Greater Toronto East Regional Final begins March 7, and kicks
off a series of three Ontario regional FIRST Robotics Competitions
(FRC). Organized by FIRST Robotics Canada, the Ontario FRC regional
finals are sponsored by BlackBerry® and Hatch, and supported by a number of other leading engineering and
"Since announcing Ultimate Ascent as this year's FRC kick-off six weeks
ago, teams all over the world have designed, built and tested their
robots in preparation for their regional finals," said Mark Breadner,
FIRST Robotics Canada's Executive Director. "We've had great matches by
amazing teams at our Toronto East Finals these past two years. 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 regional finals will take place in Mississauga 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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