FIRST® Tech Challenge Championship Results 2018

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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)

Click here for a full listing of participants, their competition rankings, and complete listing of awards. 

You can also check out Global News coverage of the event by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy this spectacular event, and special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers, whom without your generous contributions, events like this would not be possible!

Team Jasmine on Breakfast Television Calgary

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FTC Team Jasmine

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!

Congratulations to Team Jasmine! 

Also check out the Calgary Herald’s coverage and CBC Radio’s interview of these inspiring students!

Update: If you missed this mornings show, you can still catch it by clicking here!

EDMONTON EXPO at NAIT

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FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. brought their A-game to NAIT, Edmonton, Alberta this past Saturday, January 20, 2018.

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2018 FIRST LEGO League Champions –  JunioTech Nanosharks

Junior teams had a blast in this non-competitive learning based  AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge.  They showed off a variety of water journey’s to their chosen water use such as skating rinks, swimming pools and  plumbing. Team Models were built, programmed and ready to be presented to a Reviewer with their Show-me Board!

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FIRST® LEGO® League teams were heard chanting through the halls of NAIT on route to their scheduled HYDRODYNAMICSSM themed competition.  Their robots needed to complete a series of water related missions to score points. First Place was awarded to JunioTech Nanosharks from Calgary, Alberta and Second Place was awarded to Panthéres from École  Joseph-Moreau of Edmonton, Alberta.

Global News and CBC Radio-Canada were on location to catch the action. Check out their links below:

Alberta students display their engineering ability with Lego

Robots Concus Par Jeunes

Congratulations to all teams who participated and special thanks to our sponsors NAIT, DOW and the Government of Alberta for their contributions in making this event a success!

FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. EXPO in Edmonton, Alberta

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Have you ever wondered how you get the water you use in your daily life? Whether it’s to brush your teeth, quench your thirst, cook your food, or even take a swim – all of us need water! Does it come from the ground, a river or a lake? How do you make sure it’s safe to drink, and what happens when it goes down a drain? In this season’s AQUA ADVENTURE and HYDRO DYNAMICS Robot Game, we’ll explore these questions and many more, and we’ll get to learn about the amazing engineering used to protect our most precious liquid asset – water!!

Location:  NAIT, Main Campus, Edmonton, Alberta

Date:  Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Time: Opening ceremonies at 8:30am

A quick note about parking. This year the areas at NAIT where you can park for free during the Tournament have been changed.  Unlike last year, you can no longer park anywhere.  Parking is limited to lots A/B and D ONLY.  If you park in another lot you must pay or you will be ticketed.

Click here for Campus Parking Map

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!