FIRST Robotics Canada

FIRST Robotics Canada

April 07, 2010 09:51 ET

"Breakaway" to Atlanta 12 Canadian High School Teams Go to World Championships

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - More than 1,600 students representing 52 high schools from across Canada and the United States competed this past weekend in the largest high school robotics competition in Canada, the FIRST Robotics Greater Toronto Regional competition. A team from Woburn Collegiate in Toronto, Ont. won the Regional Chairman's Award, the event's top award. A team from Oakville Trafalgar High School in Oakville, Ont. won the Engineering Inspiration Award and a team from Ecole de la Montee in Sherbrooke, Que. won the Rookie All-Star Award. Teams from Governor Simcoe Secondary (St. Catharines, Ont.), Orchard Park Secondary (Stoney Creek, Ont.) and Trafalgar Castle School (Whitby, Ont.) were the Regional Champions. All six teams thereby earned a spot at the FIRST Robotics World Championship to be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on April 16-17, 2010. In all, the following twelve Canadian teams are expected to attend the World Championships due to their results this weekend or at one or more competitions held recently in Waterloo and across the U. S.:

School Location
Ecole de la Montee Sherbrooke, Quebec
Governor Simcoe Secondary St. Catharines, Ontario
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary Oakville, Ontario
Loyola High School Montreal, Quebec
Near North District School Board North Bay, Ontario
Oakville Trafalgar High School Oakville, Ontario
Orchard Park Secondary Stoney Creek, Ontario
Sandwich Secondary LaSalle, Ontario
Sinclair Secondary Whitby, Ontario
Trafalgar Castle School Whitby, Ontario
Westlane Secondary Niagara Falls, Ontario
Woburn Collegiate Toronto, Ontario

The Greater Toronto Regional was sponsored by Bruce Power, Ontario Trillium Foundation, J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Telus, University of Toronto, Imperial Oil Foundation, Peter Allen, TD Bank, Bell Canada, MDA Space Missions, University of Waterloo and others. The recent Waterloo Regional was sponsored by RIM, University of Waterloo, Rockwell Automation Canada, TD Bank, Toyota Canada and others. National Endorsing Sponsor: Youth Science Canada. Exclusive Television Sponsor: Discovery Channel.

In FIRST Robotics Competitions, students are given six weeks to design, build and test a robot within size, weight, cost and design guidelines using a common set of parts. Students develop skills in problem solving, leadership and teamwork as well as in design, manufacturing, programming, testing and operating a remotely controlled robot in a challenging game. This year's game, "Breakaway", involved shooting soccer balls. The program is designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in science, engineering, computers and technology.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by inventor and scientist Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway personal transportation device.

FIRST reaches over 210,000 students in 56 countries around the world in its four programs: FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech programs for high school students, FIRST LEGO League competitions for Grade 4-8 students and Junior FIRST LEGO League competitions for Grade K-4 students. FIRST Robotics Canada, a registered Canadian charitable organization, was started in 2002 and now reaches over 7,000 Canadian students.

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