SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

April 04, 2016 10:00 ET

U.S. Ambassador to Canada to visit FIRST Robotics Competition

Three-day event features teams from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Israel, and Australia

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - April 04, 2016) - The Schulich School of Engineering and the University of Calgary are very proud to welcome United States Ambassador Bruce Heyman, to campus for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Western Canada Regional.

Ambassador Heyman will be visiting competing student teams from the United States and Canada. The Ambassador will view demonstrations and will have the opportunity to hear from the students and the adult mentors about their projects and about their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

This three day competition showcases the highest level of robotics challenge by FIRST participants. High-school aged students team up with the world's greatest innovative science and technology companies to build the most impressive robots you've ever seen. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time lines, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. This is an international event with teams from Canada, USA, Mexico, Israel and Australia. The competition takes place April 5-6 in the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary and is free and open to the public.

Since 2013, the Schulich School of Engineering has been a premier sponsor of the FIRST Western Canada Regional which is a key pillar of outreach programming geared towards promoting STEM careers to youth.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by an inventor, Dean Kamen, to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The U.S. based not-for-profit organization designs programs that help students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 build self-confidence and knowledge while motivating them to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.

The United States is one of the six countries/regions of emphasis established through the University of Calgary's international strategy, along with China, Germany, Mexico, Middle East and East Africa. The University of Calgary's ties with the United States include agreements with 29 institutions, 12,499 joint publications, 139 students enrolled at the University of Calgary, 4,407 alumni and almost 200 faculty members originated from the United States.

WHAT: FIRST Western Canada Regional - U.S. Ambassador to Canada in attendance

WHEN: Monday, April 4 2016
Media set-up / b-roll opportunities at 2:45 p.m. MST
Media Scrum at 3:20 p.m. MST

WHERE: 2500 University Drive NW, (Olympic Oval) Calgary, AB - Parking Map

WHO: Bruce A.Heyman, U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Calgary
Mark Breadner, Executive Director, FIRST Robotics CANADA

About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts
    Drew Scherban
    Media Relations Advisor
    University of Calgary

    Deanna Cameron Dubuque
    Public Affairs Specialist
    U.S. Consulate General - Calgary