General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

March 26, 2008 11:27 ET

Media Advisory-Photo Op: Students Compete in "Overdrive" at Canada's Largest High School Robotics Competition

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - The FIRST Robotics Greater Toronto Area Regional Competition is the largest high school robotics competition in Canada. This weekend, more than 1,500 students from 66 high schools across Canada and the United States will compete for awards and the right to attend the 2008 World Championships, to be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on April 17-19.

Date: March 28, 2008

Place: Hershey Centre
5500 Rose Cherry Place
Mississauga, ON

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Robotics Competition
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Robotics Competition
4:45 p.m. - Day One Awards Ceremony
(i)Interviews and broadcast visuals of students competing
available throughout the day

Visuals: Student-designed and built robots competing in the
"Overdrive" challenge
Students and their mentors maintaining their robots in top
form in the "pits"
More than 1,500 students and their mentors cheering their
teams on to victory

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in science, engineering, computers and technology. In FIRST Robotics competitions, students have six weeks to design and build a 130 pound robot using a common set of parts in order to compete in a game. Students develop skills in problem solving, leadership and teamwork as well as design, manufacturing, programming and testing. FIRST runs international competitions reaching 150,000 students in 38 countries. FIRST Robotics Canada was started in 2002 and reaches over 5,000 Canadian students.

FIRST Robotics Canada appreciates the generous sponsor support of GM Canada, Province of Ontario, University of Toronto, Imperial Oil Foundation, TD Bank Financial Group, Bell Canada, Kingbridge Centre, MDA Space Missions, Rockwell Automation Canada, University of Waterloo, Bombardier Aerospace, Donald F. Hunter Foundation, Discovery Channel and many others.

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