ACRobotics Summer STEM Challenge

Bored out of your mind? Itching to get your hands dirty in creating fascinating projects? Wondering what you can do while preparing for the next FRC/FLL/FTC season? We invite you to join the ACRobotics Summer STEM Challenge and show us what you got! The AC Robotics Summer STEM Challenge will be a series of 4-5 bi-weekly challenges designed by us that will be run throughout the summer for youth across Alberta to demonstrate their skills in mechanical design, prototyping, programming and problem-solving. If you, your family or team mates are willing to team up to take this challenge, come and join us on July 3rd for the release of our first challenge! There will be some great prizes, goodies and Internet clout for the winners of these challenges! Please feel free to DM us, or email us at info(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)acrobotics.ca if you have any questions! This challenge is open to all FIRST participants (FLL, FTC, FRC), however please be aware that prizing may be limited to Alberta/Canadian residents only due to shipping costs for the prizes.

Every second week starting from July 3rd, we will be releasing challenges on Friday. These problem-solving tasks require your creativity and tinkering. Participants have one (1) week after the challenge is released to complete and submit their projects. More information on judging criteria, guidelines and prizes will be announced later this week.

Follow @ACRobotics_UofC to be notified when our first challenge released on July 3rd.

FIRST GAME CHANGERS powered by Star Wars: Force for Change

For centuries, sports have played an integral part in our culture. The FIRST community is building a culture that recognizes the athlete in each of us. This season, our programs represent the evolution of our sports and activities that make us physically and mentally strong. We’re teaming up with Disney and Lucasfilm for our 2020-2021 robotics season theme: FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. It’s time to redefine the game and revolutionize the way we play and move. Explore our programs and join us on the field this season.

Volunteers needed for fundraising event

Once again we’re looking for volunteers to help with our annual casino event. This is a major fundraising event that helps us run all of our events along with supporting local teams.

If your available to help on any of the following dates please contact max(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com and phoebe(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

  • September 1st
  • September 2nd

FRC Kickoff – January 4th, 2020

Kick-off is quickly approaching!  I hope your team is as excited as we are!

Venue:
Patricia Whelan Performance Hall in the new Calgary Central Library. The address is 800 3rd Street SE. There is plenty of pay parking on the EAST side of the building, and it’s right along the LRT line beside City Hall.

Arrival Time:
I recommend arriving around 7:30am so you have time to park, grab a cup of coffee and make your way to the Performance Hall.  We’ve requested Luke’s (coffee shop) to open early for us, but I have not heard a confirmation of that yet.  I will let you know once I hear back. There is two Tim Hortons within a block as well. The live-stream of the game release will start promptly at 8am and the full broadcast is usually about 2 hours long. 

Kit of Parts:
Distribution will be on Floor 0 (street level) next to the performance hall.  Don’t worry we’ll direct you when you’re there. 

Pick up of KofP for unattending teams:
If your team is not attending our kickoff event, please reach out to Kim (kim(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com) about arranging Kit of Parts shipping or if you need to coordinate a surrogate pick up.  Thank you to coaches who have already done so!

On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society, I wish you all a very happy holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

Cheers,
Kimberley Werezak
Assistant Regional Director, FIRST Robotics Society

FIRST Robotics Competition – 2019 Kickoff

When: JANUARY 5, 2019 @ 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: SAIT Aldred Centre Food Court
1301 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0L4

Who: Teams registered for this must have at least one adult mentor or coach that can sign for the Kit of Parts.  

What To Bring:

  1. A cart or dolly to transport your kit to your vehicle.
  2.  If picking up kits for other teams, copies of your surrogate forms.
  3.  Bring Photo ID if you are picking up a kit.

Agenda:

7:00 –7:45 AM Arrive and Check-in – SAIT Aldred Centre
7:45 – 8:00 AM Welcome and Announcements– Ice Breakers and Trivia
8:00– 8:30 AM Opening Ceremony
8:30 – 9:15 AM Broadcast: Live Webcast & Game Reveal
9:30 – 10:00 PM Kit Release
10:30 – 11:30 PM
Kit Inventory
11:30 – 12:00 PM Team clean up and departure

PARKING:
Kick Off Parking:

Parking is available at any public lot in the SAIT campus for $7/day.  Information on parking is found here:  https://www.sait.ca/about-sait/campus/transit-and-parking

REMEMBER:

  • Make sure you have enough room in your vehicle for your passengers and your kit.  Rookie teams can expect two large totes.  They are heavy, so it’s recommended you have some form of dolly or cart ( or students with strong backs )
  • Kits can only be signed for by an adult mentor or coach listed on the team roster or a designated surrogate.

Lunch is available from PIZZA 73 in the Aldred Centre

CONTACT:

Craig Maynard   Craig(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com
Nicholas McCurry  Nick(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com
Dan Barrett  Daniel.barrett(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)sait.ca