Suspension of 2020 Canadian Rockies Regional

Dear Students, Coaches and Volunteers,

On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society, we want to extend our most heartfelt sympathies that our FIRST Robotics Competition season must be cut short. For those that have not seen the announcement, FIRST headquarters has suspended all events until further notice.  Alberta Health Services has also requested that we cancel the Canadian Rockies Regional event on April 1-4th as it falls within criteria deemed too high risk for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

We understand all the effort, time and commitment that are put forth into a season.  Our hearts are broken with our students, and our disappointments run deep with our coaches and volunteers.  That being said, we have no greater commitment than to protecting the health and safety of our local FIRST Community.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude for your support of our regional organization, and we thank you for your understanding.  We hope that with some patience and good fortune that this pandemic will end as quickly as it began. While we cannot plan for an FRC event until the COVID-19 virus is no longer considered a threat to those in attendance, we are planning to keep that option open.  Please consider keeping your robots intact so that we can gather community together again when the time is right. We are built better together!

With our warmest regards,

FIRST Robotics Society Planning Committee Members and Board of Directors

Thank you to CenterLine of Windsor Ontario

On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society and all of our FIRST Robotics Competition students and coaches, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to CenterLine who took care of the shipping and brokerage arrangements for our Kit of Parts! Our 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition was made possible because of this generous contribution. Thank you!

Grant Opportunity through Calgary Youth Foundation

Photo credit to youthcentral.com

Within Calgary Youth Foundation a committee of 8-10 youth aged 12-18 meet twice a month to organize and prepare for two granting cycles (Spring and Fall) in which they allocate funds to deserving projects around Calgary. The committee reviews all applicants, select the recipients and distribute the funds as a team. In addition, the committee organizes fundraising initiatives that contribute to Youth Central’s endowment fund at the Calgary Foundation. Applications for the youth members of the CYF Steering Committee are available in August/September and are selected in October of each year.

We recommend that Calgary FIRST teams who are struggling financially, consider this grant opportunity.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at yoda(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)youthcentral.com or click here to apply online. More information can be found on their website youthcentral.com/programs/cyf

Special thank you to Sherry and Victoria Mah for letting us know about this awesome opportunity!

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff

Hello FIRST Community! Please join us as we Kickoff the 2019-20 FIRST Tech Challenge season SKYSTONE!

Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019
Locations: TELUS World of Science, Edmonton
SAIT, Aldred Centre, Calgary
Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Special thank you to our sponsors, Dow Canada, TELUS World of Science and SAIT for making this event possible.

FTC Teams, there will be demo fields with this years challenge. Feel free to bring your robot from last year to drive around. If you would like to invite your sponsors, please email Katherine(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

LEGO League’s have kicked off! Start or Join a team today!

In case you missed it, here are the kick off video’s for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr.!

Are you or your child interested in joining a FIRST team? We have a number of organizations looking to fill their teams.

Engineering for Kids Calgary has FIRST LEGO League Jr. team(s) with openings. Email calgary(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)engineeringforkids.net for details.

Calgary Public Library has past season/non-competitive FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams (full)

JunioTech has non-competitive and competitive FIRST LEGO League Teams (full)

Mount Columbia Institute of Technology has openings on their FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League team

You can also email mentors(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com or click here to fill out an inquiry form. We’ll do our best to connect you with a FIRST team near you!

Mark Your Calendars! FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Challenge Release August 1st!

WHOSE READY FOR CITY SHAPER AND BOOMTOWN BUILD?!

Challenge and Resources will be available at Noon EST on August 1st.

Registration is now open for both leagues. Log in on your FIRST Inspires account to renew your team registration! Supplies will be sent out immediately after the Challenge Release. Then contact Spectrum Nasco to order your CITY SHAPER Challenge Set. FIRST LEGO League Jr. Inspire sets will be shipped once payment for registration is complete.

Are you in Western Canada and looking to start a team? Anyone can be a FIRST coach! Contact your local program director below for information on how to get started.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (ages 6-10) Kim Werezak kim(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14) Neva Maynard neva(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

FIRST LEGO League Team Techie Po-Tater Bots were featured on CTV Calgary, showcasing their success competing in Calgary and at the Mountain State Invitational in West Virginia. Check out the clip here and on the live show here to hear about their INTO ORBIT experience last season! Then go over to their Facebook page and say hello!

If you are still looking for additional activities for your blossoming leaders in STEM, check out this great listing of summer programs offered by our sponsors and partner organizations