FIRST Robotics Canada

FIRST Robotics Canada

November 26, 2006 09:11 ET

Students are F.I.R.S.T. with Robotics Competitions at the Ontario Science Centre

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 25, 2006) - Team 1305, the Near North Student Robotic Initiative from the Near North District School Board finished at the top of the class today in the Ontario FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Vex Challenge Championship at the Ontario Science Centre. The team and the top Alliance teams 1114 Simbotics from Governor Simcoe S.S. in Niagara Falls, 3075 Gears from Beamsville District High School, and 3338 Junior Blizzardz from Woburn C. I of Toronto have earned the opportunity to compete at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Atlanta, Georgia in April 2007.

The Ontario FIRST Vex Challenge Championship randomly paired teams from 26 high schools across Ontario who had designed and built robots, into alliances that competed against each other in a game called "Hangin' Around". The game challenged the students to work with a robot that had to fit into an 18 inch cube before the game began. The robot had to place softballs into prism-shaped goals, gain control of an Atlas (exercise ball) to double their score, travel up a ramp and then attempt to hang from a bar suspended above the playing field.

The top eight elementary and middle school teams from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) also competed in the TDSB FIRST Lego League Championship. The Nanobellmerians from Bellmere Public School won today's game of "Nano Quest" that explores the world of nano-technology.

"All of our competitors today had an exciting and inspiring experience that celebrated student success in the area of science and technology," said Gord Homer, Chair of FIRST Robotics Canada.

FIRST Robotics Canada is a member of a multinational non-profit organization that aspires to transform culture by making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. FIRST Robotics Canada provides programs that involve over 5,000 students in Canada, while the parent organization affects over 125,000 young people world-wide.

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. The Centre is also a leading developer of interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Sponsors of FIRST Robotics Canada include GM Canada, RIM, Province of Ontario, MDA Space Missions, Imperial Oil Foundation, Toyota Canada, University of Waterloo, the Ontario Science Centre and many others. The exclusive television sponsor is Discovery Channel.

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