FIRST® Robotics Competition Game Release and Kick Off

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On Saturday, January 6th, FIRST® Robotics Competition teams from all over Alberta met at SAIT to view the live broadcast of the 2018 Game Reveal and Kick Off!

2018 Game Release and Kick off, hosted at SAIT Calgary, AB

FIRST POWER UPSM finds FIRST® Robotics Competition teams trapped in an 8-bit video game. Each three-team alliance has three ways to help defeat the boss: Tipping the scale or the alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points, exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a temporary advantage during the match, and climbing the scale tower to face the boss. The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match, which includes autonomous and teleoperated periods, defeats the boss and wins the game.

Over the next six weeks, teams will design, build, program, and test their robots to meet this season’s engineering challenge. Once their robot is built, teams will participate in the Canadian Rockies Regional at the Genesis Centre in Calgary, to compete against teams from USA, Mexico, Turkey and Germany.

If you missed the live broadcast you can still watch the full details  below or check out FIRST® Robotics Competition YouTube Channel for the video playlist of the FIRST POWER UPSM  Challenge.

Good luck to all teams and POWER UP!

Auto-Nation Invasion

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On December 2nd, 2017 FIRST Robotics Society hosted the first ever Auto-Nation Invasion practice competition at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta.  This event included all four levels of FIRST®.

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. showcased their AQUA ADVENTURESM progress on their Team Model and Show Me Board.  Thank you to Ultra Master Water Surfers (Team 11227) and Ultra Mega Golden Dragons (Team 12225) of Calgary, Alberta for coming out and showing off their surfing simulator and dog park fountain.  Fantastic innovations on both projects!

FIRST® LEGO® League teams began their very first challenge of the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season. LEGO® EV3 bots navigated throughout an exciting field of challenges such as pipe removals, man-hole covers, water treatment, collection and applications.  What an incredible turnout with 10 teams! Thank you to Aqua Narwhales, MicroWave, Prehistoric Programmers, Nose Creek Kodiaks, Bragg Creek Robotics, University of Calgary The Spray and Unicorns of the Sea, Okotoks Waterlords, Blue Tech & H20 for your participation!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Four teams with FIRST® TECH Challenge came to test their robots in this head to head challenge. SWAT Bots, Data Wolves, Canmore OLS & Xplorobotics showed off their Relic Recovery skills by scoring glyphs into the cryptoboxes and completing rows,
column, and ciphers, transferring relics to the recovery zone, retrieving jewels, parking their robot on the balancing stones, and navigating to specific parts of the playing field!

 

The highlight of the day was the FIRST® Robotics Competitions BetaBots Challenge.  Teams competed against each other in this first ever Pollen Action event. Thank you to all teams who came out to compete, and Congratulations to Team 5630, the Nomads on winning first place this unique competition!

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Quality Award for superb execution went to Team 6351, Rundle College whose machine was built with an exceptionally thought out and detailed plan in mind.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Innovation in Control Award went to Rookie Team 7277, Mandela Robotics for solid programming, innovating while addressing the game’s challenge and building a reliable robot able to withstand the stress of competition.

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Creativity Award went to Team 1482, Grandin Ghosts. This team created this device/strategy rather than discovering it once the robot was built. This team was also the highest ball shooter of the day.

 

 

(Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Judges Award went to Team 4733, Scarlett Robotics whose perseverance shined when it came to troubleshooting their robot.  This circumstance showed that the team fully embraced the principles of FIRST®, thereby catching the judge’s attention.

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this incredible event!  A very special thank you to our sponsors DOW, SAIT & the Government of Alberta, whose generous contributions continue to help us to inspire young people to become the science and technology leaders of tomorrow!

A PlayPump Story Takes Students On A Water Journey

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How often are children told to wash their hands or drink lots of water?  Probably pretty often.  Many have easy access to swimming pools, fountains,  fresh water lakes, some even have the ocean right in their backyard.  Unfortunately it’s a sad reality that accessible clean water is a luxury to many parts of the world.

So how do we teach young people to appreciate such a valuable resource when their accessibility to water is literally at the turn of a tap?

You let them discover the journey.

In FIRST® LEGO®  League Jr., students learn about a very special outdoor play apparatus in South Africa called a PlayPump.  In the communities where these were built, children are able to play on this practical merry-go-round that pumps water out of the ground and into a holding tank. From there,  a tap can be opened so the community can access this clean water supply when needed.  Students find out the benefits of this invention, and also the challenges that it faces.  Furthermore, they learn that this isn’t a one step process.

In conjunction with their Inspire Model (a LEGO Water Pump), students build the different stages that water travels in order to get to where it can be used.

Next on their Aqua Adventure, students will choose a water use that they’ll focus their team model around!

 

Are you interested in becoming a coach or mentor? It’s not too late start a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team. Email us at mentors(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com today!

Support the Alberta Women’s Science Network at the annual STEM Affair 2017

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The future of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical exploration is in your hands today!

Make a difference to diversity and inclusion in STEM by attending the AWSN’s annual STEM Affair.  By supporting this fundraiser you will be granting Alberta youth the opportunity to access any of the AWSN’s recruitment member programs to enhance their educational experience and get them excited about a career in STEM.

At the STEM Affair you will be entertained by scientific displays and be treated to the address of the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gina Cherkowski, the Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Labs.

Be a part of this incredible night in support of diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Date & Time: October 14, 2017 at 6pm
Location: The Calgary Petroleum Club, 319 5 Ave SW, Calg
Registration: https://www.awsn.org/stemaffair2017-tickets

FIRST STEAMWORKS Western Canada Regional – April 6-8

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FIRST Steamworks

 

The 2017 FRC FIRST STEAMWORKS Western Canada Regional is April 6-8 at the University of Calgary Olympic Oval. Join us as we welcome high school robotics teams from Austalia, China, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, the USA, and Canada as they compete for robotics glory!

For full details about the event including the daily event schedule, click the link below:
2017 FRC Western Canada Regional Info

 

LIVESTREAM LINK:

http://livestre.am/5sQA8

(Please Note: to access the livestream you will need to sign up for a free account or login with your Facebook account.)

Crown Cup Schedule – February 25 2017

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Crown Cup Schedule

Registration begins 7am – 8am 7:00am – 8:00am All teams sign in, pay fee’s, and move to designated pit area
Team Welcome in Pits 8am – 8:15 8:00am – 8:15am Director welcomes team and provides brief instructions
Practice tables open 8:30am-3pm 8:30am – 3 pm Teams must schedule practice rounds with pit supervisor
Judging 8:30am to 2pm 8:30am – 2:00pm Core Values, Report, and Robot Design in Classrooms by Competition Fields.
Performance rounds 10am-2:15 10:00am – 2:15pm On field competitions
Lunch 12:00 12:30 12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch Break for Volunteers. Teams lunch according to their schedule
Guest Speakers 3:00 – 4pm 3:00pm – 4:00pm All teams meet in EAST Atrium for Brian Keating’s talk
Closing and Awards Presentations 4 – 4:30 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Crown Cup Map

2017 FRC Kickoff @ SAIT

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7am…  Doors open  SAIT ALDRED Centre outside room CA119

8am…  Introduction and Opening Remarks

8:30am…  Beginning of Kickoff Broadcast from FIRST

9:30am…  Kit distribution and checkoff

10am…  Teams break off into IDEA rooms for strategy meetings

11 am…  Closing remarks

12pm-4pm… classrooms open to teams for informal strategy sessions and team planning. ( optional ) Note: First senior mentors and experts will be available for questions and support during this time

12 am  SAIT RI3D begins and continues for three days

Calgary FLL Cancelled?

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ccc-image001Did you see that?
Seems that the Alberta Youth Robotics Society cancelled the Calgary FLL competition run by your FIRST Robotics Society.
ccc-image004 You probably planned on attending. Well, so did we… and we already booked a GREAT venue, the sound system, volunteers and a whole bunch of FLL tables.

So we figured if we have all this ready, why not compete?

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That’s right, GAME ON!

FIRST Robotics Society Western Canada has announced the Canada Crown Cup FLL tournament in Calgary, which you can read all about here!

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.