Beakerhead Sep 14-18, 2016

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Come out and see us at Beakerhead in Calgary!

Beakerhead is a mash-up of events all promoting science, technology, math and engineering, with exciting demos from Sep 14-18 2016. Take a look at the official event page, and make sure to visit our own robot demos…

Drag Racing Robots Stephen’s Ave (Sept 14-16, 4-6pm)
See competition robots speed down the avenue in this furious one-on-one race to win the coveted mini-cup!

Robot Competition by Night Bridgeland (Sept 17, 7pm-11pm)
See a full FRC level robot competition played in the dark, with robots all aglow!

Mars Replica Rover Birthday Party Fort Calgary (Sept 18, 12pm-1pm)
See a replica of the Mars lander navigate the sandbox, while other robots try their best at a game of soccer.

Lacombe High School Joins FRC for 2016 Season

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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

FRC Teaser Trailer Released

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For the first time ever, FIRST has released a teaser trailer to the upcoming FRC challenge! The 2016 game is apparently called FIRST Stronghold, which sounds very intriguing. Check out the video below!

Our Amazing Ambassadors at STEMFest 2015

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IMG_0030Intimitrons, SKY-Net and Manning Robots had an opportunity to attend the second international STEM Conference in Saskatoon recently. While demonstrating their robot to thousands of eager students, there were many opportunities to showcase their talents with renowned speakers and senior industry sponsors. Two of the team members participated in the Authentic Application of STEM Curriculum speakers panel in front of leaders in education.

IMG_0022STEMfest focus on learning for development included a wide variety of topics from crop science, renewable energy to engineering education. Attracting some of the world’s best minds such as Dato Len, Minister for Advanced Education (Malaysia), Tatiana Anesbury, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Dr Hubert Gijzen, Director UNESCO Regional Science Bureau, the team were in the company of greatness.

The highlight for the teams was an opportunity to interact with David Wilson, VP, Academic Marketing, National Instrument (NI). NI donate millions of dollars towards FIRST Robots through research and development, ambassadors of youth and STEM, and subsidizing the Robo Rio, the brains of the robots, in order to allow all FIRST Teams the experience with cutting edge technologies.IMG_0169

Over 5000 high school and 4500 elementary students visited the exhibition. Our team members provided opportunities to learn about FIRST and drive robots! The robots even captured the attention of the New York film academy!

Astronaut David Saint Jacques Impressed by FIRST Robotics

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IMG_0963Canadian astronaut David Saint Jacques dropped by Beakerhead and was really impressed by the FIRST Robotics FRC demonstration put on by teams from FRCWest. So much so, in fact, that he has let us say that he really endorses FRC and FIRST programs as valuable programs for students.

FIRST programs really do inspire students, and thanks to you David for being an inspiration to them, and all Canadians alike.

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David Saint Jacques with FRC Team 4627

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And take a look at the posts on Manning Robotics (4627) facebook page below:

 

Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques explains how the challenges faced by astronauts on the International Space…

Posted by Manning Robotics- FRC 4627 on Thursday, September 17, 2015

2015-16 FTC Challenge Released

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This year’s FTC challenge was announced this past Saturday. It sure looks challenging! Good luck to all the FTC students this year, we will see you at the competition and we’re sure looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Edmonton FTC Team 5009, FIRST Inspire Award winners for three of the past four years, were already hard at work on solving this one.20150919_142754 We visited their meeting on Saturday to see where they’d gotten too, and seems they already had their field setup, parts being manufactured, software being written, and a whole board of ideas and brainstorming.20150919_143639 Looks like their team is really in the spirit of FIRST competition already!