FIRST Robotics Canada

FIRST Robotics Canada

March 29, 2011 14:27 ET

"LOGO MOTION"-Canadian High Schools Win BIG at U.S. and Waterloo Robotics Competitions

Next: GTA - Canada's Largest High School Robotics Competition

Hershey Centre, Mississauga, April 1 & 2, 2011

(550 Rose Cherry Place - free admission and parking)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - After several weeks of competition, Canadian high school teams have had outstanding success in FIRST Robotics Regional events in the U.S. as well as in Waterloo. Major winners include:

Rochester Regional - Orchard Park Secondary (Stoney Creek) - Regional Winners and Engineering Excellence Award

Pittsburgh Regional - Governor Simcoe Secondary (St. Catharines) - Regional Winners and Delphi Engineering Excellence Award; Westlane Secondary (Niagara Falls) - Regional Winners and Xerox Creativity Award; and St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School (Oakville) - NASA Engineering Inspiration Award

Wisconsin Regional - Eastwood Collegiate (Kitchener) - Regional Winners

New York City Regional - Kingston Collegiate (Kingston) - Regional Finalists and Engineering Excellence Award

Waterloo Regional – Near North Student Robotics Initiative (North Bay) – Regional Chairman's Award; Governor Simcoe Secondary (St. Catharines) – Regional Winners and GM Industrial Design and Website Awards; Orchard Park Secondary (Stony Creek) – Regional Winners and Delphi Engineering Excellence Award; Sir Wilfred Laurier Secondary (London) – Regional Winners and Rookie All Star Award; Oakville Trafalgar High School (Oakville) – Engineering Inspiration Award

This Friday and Saturday, some 2,000 students from 72 high schools (70 from Canada, one from the United States and one from Mexico) will take part in the GTA Regional Competition at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Students will compete for awards and the right to attend the 2011 World Championships to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-30, 2011. Students at participating schools were given six weeks to design, build and test a robot within size, weight, cost and other design guidelines. At the competition, these robots must work cooperatively and in competition in a game that challenges the limits of the robots and the students.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization designed to inspire students to pursue further studies and careers in science, engineering, computers and technology. Students develop skills in problem solving, innovation, leadership and teamwork as well as design, manufacturing, programming and testing. FIRST's programs reach 250,000 students in 57 countries. FIRST Robotics Canada, a Canadian non-profit started in 2002, now reaches some 7,000 Canadian students.

The 2011 GTA Regional is supported by the Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario and is sponsored by Bruce Power, Hatch Limited, University of Toronto, Imperial Oil Foundation, TD Bank, Bell Canada, Magna International, Synnex, University of Waterloo, City of Mississauga, Johnson & Johnson, Yves Landry Foundation, Discovery Channel and others. The 2011 Waterloo Regional was sponsored by RIM, University of Waterloo, Toyota Canada, TD Bank, Discovery Channel and others. More information and directions can be found at

Contact Information

  • Mark Breadner
    Christine Bibic