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!

Calling All Volunteers!

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Volunteers power FIRST® at every level, impacting thousands of young people around the world each year. They are the heart of our programs, and it is our amazing volunteer community that makes our world-class events a success. Volunteering is a highly rewarding experience, allowing you to interact and help bright young students achieve their dreams. Taking on a volunteer role at an event is a great way to get involved with FIRST on a short term basis, and we have many technical and non-technical roles available.

On February 24th we will be hosting the 2018 Alberta Provincial FIRST® LEGO® League Championship and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo. We are significantly short on volunteers this year and are asking anyone interested, to please contact Craig Maynard at craig(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com.

On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society, we would like to thank you for your ongoing support of our organization as well as for your time and dedication as a volunteer. It is your contribution and enthusiasm that has shaped what FIRST has become and what our students will bring with them as they become our next generation of innovators and leaders.

 

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!

FIRST LEGO League – Saskatchewan Championship Tournament

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The FIRST® LEGO® League Saskatchewan Provincial Championship Tournament will be held at the University of Regina on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Judging will happen in the morning and the public is invited to the robot game competition that will take place in the afternoon, in the Education Auditorium.

Everyone is invited to attend in the afternoon, and to share this event with others.  It is FREE and open to the public.

A detailed schedule will be posted here on the Facebook event listing closer to the event.

Volunteers to help the event run smoothly are also appreciated.

For those travelling out of town, rooms are available on campus for $59/night

Parking is free in lots 4 & 6, you can download a map for this event here.

If you have any questions or if you can volunteer for this event, please contact Daryl at daryl(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com

 

2018 FIRST® ​​Tech Challenge Championship in Edmonton, Alberta

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This weekend more than 250 grade 7 to 12 students on 33 different teams will be going head to head, putting more than four months’ worth of research, design, and programming to the test in our Alberta Championship.  

The adventure-themed challenge of this year, Relic Recovery, has students using their robots to decipher glyphs, take jewels, and yes, you guessed it, recover relics.  Join us at the Telus World of Science for this action-packed competition, pick your favourite robots to cheer for, and see who will be crowned as champion!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of this year’s competitors…!

This picture was shot at the BetaBots competition at SAIT on Dec. 2, 2017. (Photo by Lydia Sobschak/SAIT)

Schedule:

January 27

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.             Practice Matches

January 28

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.            Opening Ceremony

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.            Qualification Matches

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.            Semi-finals

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.            Finals

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.            Awards and Closing Ceremonies

A program with more details on the game and the schedule can be found here.

Telus of World of Science is also providing special pricing in honour of the battling bots.  Click here for more details!

 

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.

Image credit to Fred Rushworth at skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca
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!

Image credit to Fred Rushworth at skinny_skier(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)yahoo.ca

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