LEGO Imagine Nation Tour

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We’re so excited to be partnering with the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour!  LEGO fans of all ages can discover life-size LEGO models, dive into a huge Brick Pit, learn from a Master Model Builder, walk away with giveaways, and more! 

To celebrate its stop at Calgary’s BMO Centre from September 9-11, we have 5 sets of 4 tickets up for grabs for you and your family to enjoy! To enter to win simply fill out the form below.  (Contest is closed)

We’re also pleased to offer you 25% off tickets to the event! Visit www.LEGOImagineNationTour.com and use the promo code: LEGOFIRST at checkout! Promo code is valid until Monday September 5 at 11:55pm. 

Who’s joining the fun?

Brought to you by the FIRST Robotics Society.

FIRST PR Event at North Hill Centre

Hey Robotics Enthusiasts,

This Saturday June 18th from 11AM-4PM we’re going to be running FRC and FLL robotics demonstrations at North Hill Centre. Be sure to swing by and say hi, and invite your friends and family to come and learn about robots. We’ll even have a few robots that you can try driving around!

Click the link below for the official event poster:

FIRST North Hill Centre Event

See you on Saturday!

Off Season PR and Educational Events

Lilac Festival Parade
We are in the Lilac Festival Parade event this Sunday June 5. Be sure to look out for our Robots!

CTS Credit Courses
Earn up to 5 credits, if you are a member of a FIRST team.

ELT 1010: Electro-Assembly I
ELT 1080: Control Systems I
ELT 1130: Robotics I
ELT 1140: Robotics Applications
ELT 1910: ELT Project A

The following are planned in-person synchronous project activity sessions. You are required to complete the rest of the activities on your own to earn the full 1 credit module. You will have access to the online courses for the ELT courses.

Please register to attend: Day session June 25th for ELT 1130 and 1140 credits

Please register to attend: Evening Session June 29th for ELT 1010, ELT 1080, ELT 1910 credits.

Each Session has different activities planned. You must attend both sessions to earn the potential credits.

Please bring picture ID and your Alberta Student Number (ASN) to the in-person synchronous sessions for full registration.

Registration Link

Other upcoming PR/Promo events

June 9 – Renart School – Celebration of Science
June 18 – North Hill Centre (FRC and FLL Demos)

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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Twitter @FIRST_West_Can

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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:

Youtube Livestream

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Twitter @FIRST_West_Can

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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