Dear FIRST community in Alberta, As you well know, the COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting all of our lives recently, and despite efforts in Alberta to reduce its impact, the case numbers continue to climb. The Government of Alberta has been closely monitoring the situation and has continued to provide guidance to all organizations across the province as we all struggle to envision what the near future will bring.
The Board of Directors of First Robotics Society met to discuss all our options for this coming season, but unfortunately there really aren’t many. Therefore, for the 2020-2021 FIRST Robotics season FRS will not be holding any in-person competitions, demonstrations, workshops, or any other other event that has people in the same space and will not sanction or sponsor any in-person events. FRS will however support virtual FIRST programs during this season.
If you have a team that can meet in a safe way and wish to compete in a FIRST virtual competition or event, please let us know, as we will help facilitate any virtual competitions that FIRST develops. As of now, we are working on supporting the FTC level virtual competition being developed by FIRST, and look forward to supporting it if we have enough teams interested. Please do make sure that you are following all safety guidelines published by the Government of Alberta. Student safety should be the primary factor when planning anything this season.
Also our core FRS volunteers are working on ideas to support remote education and other ideas for online delivery, so we do hope to have some things available during the course of the year. Please keep safe, and let’s all look forward to being able to resume competitions.
Sincerely, Russell Weir Operations Director First Robotics Society
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.
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.
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