FIRST Robotics Canada

FIRST Robotics Canada

March 31, 2010 15:10 ET

Media Advisory: "Breakaway"

Canada's Largest High School Robotics Competition

Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, April 2 & 3, 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) -This Friday and Saturday, students from 52 high schools (51 from Canada and one from the United States) will take part in the FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Toronto Regional -- the largest high school robotics competition in Canada. The event will be held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga (550 Rose Cherry Place). Students will compete for awards and a spot in the 2010 World Championship event, to be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 16th-17th.

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.

Fri. Apr. 2 - Open Competition   Sat. Apr. 3 - Open Competition and Playoffs
8:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies* 9:00 a.m Opening Ceremonies
9:00 - 12:00 noon Robotics heats 9:00 - 12:00 noon Robotics heats
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Robotics heats 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Robotics heats (Playoffs)
5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony 3:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

(*Speakers - Reza Moridi, Parliamentary Assistant – Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation and Murray Elston, Vice President, Bruce Power)

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international non-profit organization designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in science, engineering, computers and technology. Students develop skills in problem solving, leadership and teamwork as well as design, manufacturing, programming and testing. FIRST's programs reach 212,000 students in 56 countries. FIRST Robotics Canada, which was started in 2002, now reaches over 7,000 Canadian students.

Members of the media are invited to see the robots competing and meet the students and their teams. The event is open to the public with free admission and parking.

The 2010 Greater Toronto Regional is 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 many others. National Endorsing Sponsor: Youth Science Canada. Exclusive Television Sponsor: Discovery Channel. More information (including directions) can be found at

Contact Information

  • FIRST Robotics Canada
    Richard Yasui
    FIRST Robotics Canada
    Rhona Breadner
    Event Administration