Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.

Ontario Centres Of Excellence Inc.
Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre

January 04, 2008 09:00 ET

Media Alert-Updated Time: 9:30 A.M., January 5, 2008-OCE Sponsors Robotic Invasion at Ontario Science Centre-Jan. 5/08

High school students worldwide to compete for robot supremacy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2008) -

WHAT - Canadian launch of 2008 FIRST Robotics Competition, sponsored by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

WHEN - Saturday, January 5, 2008 - UPDATED TIME: MEDIA ARE ASKED TO ARRIVE AT 9:30 A.M.

WHERE - Ontario Science Centre, Imperial Oil Auditorium (free parking in north parking lot)

BACKGROUND

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition challenges teams of high school students worldwide to construct robots over a six-week period. Working alongside teachers and engineers, teams from over 30 countries will design and build robots from identical competition components to undertake challenges where the objective is to score points by tasks such as shooting balls, stacking boxes or climbing over or under obstacles.

With over 1,000 Ontario students expected to attend, a live video feed via satellite will engage high schools worldwide, connecting the Ontario Science Centre with FIRST's Atlanta, GA headquarters as well as other countries around the world taking part. They will also receive their competition rules (the new game for their robots to play), robot kits and enjoy demonstrations of robotic devices.

Ontario teams will prepare for two regional events - the Greater Toronto Regional (March 22-24, 2008) and the Waterloo Regional (March 27-29). Winners move on to the World Championships on April 17 in Atlanta.

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. - www.oce-ontario.org

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE also fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. OCE's five Centres work in communications and information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy, materials and manufacturing, and photonics.

About the Ontario Science Centre (OSC) - www.ontariosciencecentre.ca

The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about themselves and the world. In 2006, the Ontario Science Centre unleashed its bold new Agents of Change transformation initiative to the world. The launch of the Weston Family Innovation Centre created a new, edgy experience area specifically for teenagers and young adults while outside, an exploration plaza TELUSCAPE, opened up its fore court to visitors and the nearby urban community. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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