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Hello FIRST Community! Please join us as we Kickoff the 2019-20 FIRST Tech Challenge season SKYSTONE!
Date: Saturday, September 7th, 2019 Locations: TELUS World of Science, Edmonton SAIT, Aldred Centre, Calgary Time: 9:30am – 12:00pm
Special thank you to our sponsors, Dow Canada, TELUS World of Science and SAIT for making this event possible.
FTC Teams, there will be demo fields with this years challenge. Feel free to bring your robot from last year to drive around. If you would like to invite your sponsors, please email Katherine(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com
I would like to begin by thanking the 500 students in over 50 teams, their teachers, parents and guardians along with over 300 hundred volunteers who attended and helped host our AMAZING First Lego League tournament, INTO ORBIT. To see students from ages 9-14 tackle real-world problems and challenges such as space, and then work together to develop a solution made it such a wonderful event. Of course, we can’t talk Lego robotics without mentioning the countless hours that teams put in designing, building, and programming complex robots that were able to complete a series of table-top challenges.
As both a parent and teacher, I was left breathless when I saw the sheer passion that our young people applied toward what they have learned in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and as a result made it something unique to them, their understanding and their resiliency. I was able to witness first hand, students working in challenges that they had never seen before and create a strategy that allowed them to achieve great success. Additionally, those students were able to further their presentation skills when sharing their designing, building and coding strategies with our local volunteers who brought their own gifts and talents to share. I would like to thank our volunteer guest judges, who brought their expertise from engineering, information technology, programming and coding, education, metrology, accounting, and so much more.
Finally, a HUGE thank you to our organizational committee whose endless support and dedication was something out of this world. You are a great group of people and I am blessed to be on this committee with you. Without everyone’s support this event would not have been possible.
John Korassa Edmonton Director for FIRST LEGO League
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to live on a spacecraft, the international space station, or the surface of the Moon or another planet? What if you were there for a year or more? Remember, outer space is a very unforgiving place: much of space is almost a complete vacuum, meaning there is no air, and none of the moons or other planets in our solar system have an atmosphere that is suitable for humans to breathe.
In this season’s INTO ORBIT Robot Game, we’ll explore these questions and many more, and we’ll get to learn about the amazing engineering used to go – into orbit!!
This year’s Edmonton event will take place January 26, 2019. Spaces are limited so sign up soon!
The third level of FIRST® programs is called the FIRST Tech Challenge(FTC). It is a program for students from grades 7 to 12. It teaches students team work, design, building, and programming in one intense collaboration package. 250+ students gathered for this exciting FTC event at Telus World of Science in Edmonton.
Teams Cyber Eagles from Strathcona Christian Academy, Sherwood Park, Helios from École Maurice-Lavallée, Edmonton and OLS from Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, Canmore were the top contenders for that weekend! Congratulations to this alliance!
Cyber Eagles were also honored with the FTC Alberta Winning Alliance Captain Award and was the Helios was the Inspire Award winner of the weekend! Special note to the following award winners as well:
Judges Award Winner, team Jasmine of Calgary
Think Award Winner, team Wilson Robotics of Lethbridge
Connect Award Winner, team Legal Circuit Breakers of Legal
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award Winner, team Xplorobotics of Calgary
Design Award Winner, team Swat Bots of Airdrie
Motivate Award Winner, team TWOSE of Edmonton
Control Award Winner, team Helios of Edmonton
Deans List Award Winners to Etianne Connick Lecours of team 5009 Helios and Catherine Gelmini of team 10544 Cyber Eagles
Images credit to Micheal Frost & Fred Rushworth (skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca)
Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning to Breakfast Television Calgary to see one of Alberta’s most admirable robotics teams! Seven team members from FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Jasmine all of whom were refugees from Syria and Lebanon will be LIVE at 8:30AM EST.
The Judges Award was given to this group of ambitious Calgary teens at the most recent FTC Championship in Edmonton, Alberta, and the team placed 12th out of 33 overall!