All posts by Russell

Business guy and hardcore programmer by night, Russell is one of the Senior Mentors for FRCWest and a director of the FIRST Robotics Society. Ask anything and he'll give you a decent answer, unless it's a programming question, which is when he'll answer you with way too much stuff. Make sure to tell him when he's babbled!

Our Amazing Ambassadors at STEMFest 2015

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

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

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!