FIRST PR Event at North Hill Centre

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Hey Robotics Enthusiasts,

This Saturday June 18th from 11AM-4PM we’re going to be running FRC and FLL robotics demonstrations at North Hill Centre. Be sure to swing by and say hi, and invite your friends and family to come and learn about robots. We’ll even have a few robots that you can try driving around!

Click the link below for the official event poster:

FIRST North Hill Centre Event

See you on Saturday!

Fort McMurray Fire

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For those of you following the news, you may have heard of the wildfires in Northern Alberta that have devastated the district of Wood Buffalo including the Municipality of Fort McMurray. From what information is available to the public, we know that the residents of Fort McMurray were safely evacuated, however the damage to property is extensive and the fires continue to rage on.

In the FIRST family we are deeply saddened by events, and our thoughts an prayers are with the evacuees. In particular we want to offer our strength to members of our robotics family in Fort McMurray, Teams 4625 and 5597 of Father Patrick Mercredi High School and all the other robotics groups in the region. Know that we are thinking of you and your families and ready to offer our support where we can.

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At the moment, the extent of damage in Fort McMurray is unknown and there is not yet a timeline for when affected families may be able to return, or whether they will be able to return. The evacuees may be displaced for weeks or months, and now more than ever they will need everyone’s support to get through this.

If you would like to help, the best way to do so is to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, who are mobilizing a massive relief effort. The Governments of Alberta and Canada will also be matching individual donations so your support will be magnified.

Please visit www.redcross.ca to make a donation.

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