FIRST STRONGHOLD KickOff & 3 Day Robot Builds

Today’s FRC 2016 FIRST STRONGHOLD KickOff & QuickBuild Event was a huge success. We had almost 20 teams comprised of over 150 students, mentors, parents, and coaches assembled at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary to watch the KickOff livestream and participate in the QuickBuild.

Special thanks to all the SAIT staff and students who helped us put on this great event. Our photos of the event are now posted to our Facebook page, check them out here:
FIRST STRONGHOLD Western Canada KickOff Gallery

In other news, Robot in 3 Day builds have commenced. In Calgary there are two teams working on this, and it is a great resource for FRC students to learn from. You can find more info on these teams and their builds on our Robot in 3 Day page:
Robot in 3 Day Info

FRC FIRST Stronghold KickOff & QuickBuild

We are less than 24 hours away from the launch of the 2016 FRC challenge FIRST Stronghold. Here in Calgary, we’ve been busy at SAIT making preparations for our KickOff event. We’ve got a great A/V setup to watch the broadcast on big screens, and we’ve got plenty of space for our teams to work on their robot kits once the competition is announced.

We’ll be operating out of the SAIT Aldred Building Food Court and Rooms CA 117 and CA 119. If you’d like to attend, RSVP using the following link:
Calgary FRC KickOff

FRC Teams should aim to arrive by 7:45 AM to get set up and comfortable. General public are free to come any time after 8 AM.

The event is free for the public to attend, however attendees should be aware that parking on SAIT campus lots requires payment. Details on parking locations, where to find the Aldred Building, as well as public transit access can be found on SAIT’s campus map page:
SAIT Campus Map

Lastly, if you can’t make it to our event, don’t fret. We’ll be livestreaming the action on our YouTube Channel, so be sure to check that out:
FIRST Robotics Western Canada YouTube

Calgary FIRST Lego League Championship

On January 2nd, over a dozen FIRST Lego League teams from across Southern Alberta joined us at Telus Spark for the Calgary FLL Championship.

Young robotics students competed in the TRASH TREK robotics challenges, presented their Trash & Recycling projects, and demonstrated excellent Core Values and Gracious Professionalism.

The event was action-packed with loads of excitement and we even had a visit from the local 501st Legion Star Wars Storm Trooper Garrison.

Congratulations to all our teams on their great work, we look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming FIRST Robotics events. A Huge Thank You to all the Volunteers, Mentors, Coaches, Parents, and Students as well as to our Sponsor Telus Spark for helping to make this event a resounding success!

Lacombe High School Joins FRC for 2016 Season

Lacombe 1Congratulations to Lacombe High School, Junior High, Elementary and sponsors DOW Canada for a successful ten years of robotics involvement.
Having experienced such great results at the FLL and FTC levels, over 50 high school students are now ready for the challenges of Lacombe 3FRC! At their recent celebration, MP Blaine Calkins got to see the results of all the hard work the people of Lacombe have been doing to make their robotics such a huge success.
We wish them the best of luck for their rookie season!Lacombe 2

Our Amazing Ambassadors at STEMFest 2015

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

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

2015-16 FTC Challenge Released

This year’s FTC challenge was announced this past Saturday. It sure looks challenging! Good luck to all the FTC students this year, we will see you at the competition and we’re sure looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Edmonton FTC Team 5009, FIRST Inspire Award winners for three of the past four years, were already hard at work on solving this one.20150919_142754 We visited their meeting on Saturday to see where they’d gotten too, and seems they already had their field setup, parts being manufactured, software being written, and a whole board of ideas and brainstorming.20150919_143639 Looks like their team is really in the spirit of FIRST competition already!