Fort McMurray Fire

For those of you following the news, you may have heard of the wildfires in Northern Alberta that have devastated the district of Wood Buffalo including the Municipality of Fort McMurray. From what information is available to the public, we know that the residents of Fort McMurray were safely evacuated, however the damage to property is extensive and the fires continue to rage on.

In the FIRST family we are deeply saddened by events, and our thoughts an prayers are with the evacuees. In particular we want to offer our strength to members of our robotics family in Fort McMurray, Teams 4625 and 5597 of Father Patrick Mercredi High School and all the other robotics groups in the region. Know that we are thinking of you and your families and ready to offer our support where we can.

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At the moment, the extent of damage in Fort McMurray is unknown and there is not yet a timeline for when affected families may be able to return, or whether they will be able to return. The evacuees may be displaced for weeks or months, and now more than ever they will need everyone’s support to get through this.

If you would like to help, the best way to do so is to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, who are mobilizing a massive relief effort. The Governments of Alberta and Canada will also be matching individual donations so your support will be magnified.

Please visit www.redcross.ca to make a donation.

2016 FIRST Robotics Season Thank You

A big Thank You to all of our Sponsors, Organizers, Volunteers, and of course all the Teams who came together to make the 2016 FRC Western Canada Regional such a great event. We hope you had a great time in Calgary, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Also a huge thanks to Craig and everyone who helped with the Calgary FLL Championship in January, and to Philippe and his crew who put on a great FTC Championship in February. 2016 has been a great FIRST Robotics Season and we couldn’t have done it without all your hard work!

To all the teams who competed at Championships in St. Louis, congratulations on your successes, and all the best for future seasons!

Now that the 2016 FIRST Robotics Season is at an end, we wanted to give you a quick update on what we at FIRST Robotics Western Canada are up to. We’ve got a series of off-season events lined up including some fun PR events, as well as Learning/Training sessions for individuals wanting to get a leg up on the competition. Stay tuned for info on our events, and sessions and be sure to Like/Follow/Subscribe on social media to keep up to date.

If you haven’t already, definitely check out our Facebook page for galleries of our FRC Regional event. Our photographers did a fantastic job.

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Lastly, we are always striving to improve our event, and ensure our attendees have the best experience possible. We have a short survey asking for some of your feedback, so if you could do us a favour and fill that out, we’d appreciate it.

Feedback Survey

See you in the off-season!

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Western Canada Regional

Welcome to Calgary for the 4th Annual FRC Western Canada Regional. We were busy all of Sunday getting the Olympic Oval all set, and we are ready to go for the next three days with some fast-paced and exciting FIRST STRONGHOLD action!

A big thanks to our Lead Sponsors APEGA, DOW Chemical Canada, NSERC, the AGLC, and the Schulich School of Engineering. Without their support, this event wouldn’t be possible so Thank You!

For our International teams, Welcome, I’m sure you’re going to have a great time here in Calgary, but for the folks back home, be sure to let them know where to keep up to date and watch the action on our social media channels. Please like, follow and subscribe as we’ll be updating these throughout the competition:

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Best of luck in the competition!

FIRST Robotics Competition Western Canada Regional

Hello FIRST Enthusiasts,

We are just over one month away from the FRC Western Canada Regional (April 3-6, 2016 @ U of C Olympic Oval), the top level student robotics competition in Western Canada.

This year we are pleased to welcome a truly international selection of teams from the USA, Mexico, Israel and Australia, in addition to our Canadian teams.

Please be sure to follow us on social media (see buttons to the right), to stay up to date on the event, for pictures, news releases, and scheduling changes.

This event is FREE for the public to attend. For information on attending the event, accommodations, parking, etc., please check out our special event page here:

FRC Western Canada Regional

or you can download our event poster here:

FRC Regional Poster

Tragic loss in the FRC Community

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the tragic loss of a member of the FRC community. Evan Caldwell of Team 4627 and his brother Jordan passed away in an accident this past weekend.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the Caldwell family and Team 4627, as well as the other individuals injured in the accident. The untimely loss of such remarkable young men is inconceivable. We are saddened, but remain strong for you.
~First Robotics Western Canada Team

Volunteers Needed – FRC Western Canada Regional

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a high school robotics program designed to combine the excitement of sport with the rigours of STEM education. This year’s Regional Tournament in Calgary features not only local teams, but also teams from Mexico, the USA, and as far away as Israel and Australia. This year’s FIRST Stronghold challenge promises to be very exciting:

 

We’re looking for volunteers to fill various technical & non-technical roles including: referees, robot inspectors, safety advisers, game-field helpers, etc. Prior robotics experience is not necessary.

FRC Western Canada Regional
University of Calgary Olympic Oval
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary AB
Sunday April 3 through Wednesday April 6, 2016 (Note: this event does fall during the week)
7AM – 8PM (various shifts available)

For more information, or to sign up, please email our Volunteer Coordinator:

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FRC 2016 Ambyint Practice Field

We have a special announcement to make for FRC teams in the Calgary area. This year, we have partnered with a fantastic sponsor Ambyint, to build and provide for FRC teams, a competition spec practice field.

Ambyint is providing us with an amazing space in their facility, and we will be building a FIRST Stronghold specification practice field for all FRC teams in the Calgary area to come and use to practice with. We’re already in the process of acquiring and building the game obstacle pieces.

Our plan is to have this space available to teams starting in the last week of January. Teams can use this space free of charge during our scheduled practice times. We’ll be posting plenty of information in the next week about the details of this space on our website under the “FRC Team Resources” page:

Ambyint Practice Space

“We are proud to announce the coming together of minds, a partnership between First Robotics Western Canada and Ambyint.

At Ambyint, we are firm believers in supporting the tech community and surrounding ourselves with creative minds.  We are thrilled to open our technology innovation centre to host the FRC 2016, FIRST Stronghold Challenge. While teams work and play in our space, we hope participants arrive curious and leave inspired.

Learn more about Ambyint at ambyint.com

~Ambyint

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Stay tuned for more information about this awesome space!

FIRST STRONGHOLD KickOff & 3 Day Robot Builds

Today’s FRC 2016 FIRST STRONGHOLD KickOff & QuickBuild Event was a huge success. We had almost 20 teams comprised of over 150 students, mentors, parents, and coaches assembled at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary to watch the KickOff livestream and participate in the QuickBuild.

Special thanks to all the SAIT staff and students who helped us put on this great event. Our photos of the event are now posted to our Facebook page, check them out here:
FIRST STRONGHOLD Western Canada KickOff Gallery

In other news, Robot in 3 Day builds have commenced. In Calgary there are two teams working on this, and it is a great resource for FRC students to learn from. You can find more info on these teams and their builds on our Robot in 3 Day page:
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