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:

frcwestvolunteer(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com

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:
Robot in 3 Day Info

FRC FIRST Stronghold KickOff & QuickBuild

We are less than 24 hours away from the launch of the 2016 FRC challenge FIRST Stronghold. Here in Calgary, we’ve been busy at SAIT making preparations for our KickOff event. We’ve got a great A/V setup to watch the broadcast on big screens, and we’ve got plenty of space for our teams to work on their robot kits once the competition is announced.

We’ll be operating out of the SAIT Aldred Building Food Court and Rooms CA 117 and CA 119. If you’d like to attend, RSVP using the following link:
Calgary FRC KickOff

FRC Teams should aim to arrive by 7:45 AM to get set up and comfortable. General public are free to come any time after 8 AM.

The event is free for the public to attend, however attendees should be aware that parking on SAIT campus lots requires payment. Details on parking locations, where to find the Aldred Building, as well as public transit access can be found on SAIT’s campus map page:
SAIT Campus Map

Lastly, if you can’t make it to our event, don’t fret. We’ll be livestreaming the action on our YouTube Channel, so be sure to check that out:
FIRST Robotics Western Canada YouTube

Calgary FIRST Lego League Championship

On January 2nd, over a dozen FIRST Lego League teams from across Southern Alberta joined us at Telus Spark for the Calgary FLL Championship.

Young robotics students competed in the TRASH TREK robotics challenges, presented their Trash & Recycling projects, and demonstrated excellent Core Values and Gracious Professionalism.

The event was action-packed with loads of excitement and we even had a visit from the local 501st Legion Star Wars Storm Trooper Garrison.

Congratulations to all our teams on their great work, we look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming FIRST Robotics events. A Huge Thank You to all the Volunteers, Mentors, Coaches, Parents, and Students as well as to our Sponsor Telus Spark for helping to make this event a resounding success!

Lacombe High School Joins FRC for 2016 Season

Lacombe 1Congratulations to Lacombe High School, Junior High, Elementary and sponsors DOW Canada for a successful ten years of robotics involvement.
Having experienced such great results at the FLL and FTC levels, over 50 high school students are now ready for the challenges of Lacombe 3FRC! At their recent celebration, MP Blaine Calkins got to see the results of all the hard work the people of Lacombe have been doing to make their robotics such a huge success.
We wish them the best of luck for their rookie season!Lacombe 2