April 17, 2014

Four Peel board robotics teams head to FIRST World Championships in St. Louis

Students from Owenwood Public School, and Humberview and Rick Hansen secondary schools will participate in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 23 to 26. The three-day event will feature teams from around the world competing in various robotics challenges. 

Notes Jeanne Hart, principal at Owenwood, “For months, our students have been preparing alongside their teacher for the world exposition. To be the first-ever Junior FIRST LEGO team from Canada to attend the world’s is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We are all so very proud of our girls’ team, their talent and dedication.”

Owenwood’s Team Blizzard Busters, an all-girls grade 3 team, will be the only team from Canada to participate in the Junior FIRST LEGO League World Festival Expo. The team will showcase their creative LEGO build, their  research and their ability to work collaboratively.

Two robotics teams—Theory6 and The Big Bang—from Rick Hansen will compete at the world’s FIRST Robotics Competition Championship. Students from grades 9 to 12 will use robots that they have built to participate in the Aerial Assist challenge. Coverage from previous competitions Theory6 have participated in can be viewed at www.youtube.com/team1241
“Watching these students dedicate their time, and compete at a high level internationally is truly inspiring,” says Patricia Whyte, principal at Rick Hansen. “The commitment from staff, mentors, community members and sponsors to help make this opportunity possible for students is tremendous. We appreciate everyone’s support.” 

The Alpha Dogs, a rookie team from Humberview, will also compete in the Aerial Assist challenge at the world robotics championships. For more information on The Alpha Dogs, visit www.4946.ca.

“The response from our students this year to create a robotics club has been incredible. Their success throughout competitions is attributed to their dedication, knowledge and teamwork,” says Rick Tredwell, principal at Humberview. “Staff and students enjoy the opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to other Humberview students and feeder school students.” 

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST Championship is a celebration of  STEM education featuring four events—the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, FIRST LEGO League World Festival and the Junior FIRST LEGO League World Festival Expo. For more event information, visit www.championship.usfirst.org.

Media contact: Jeanne Hart, Principal at Owenwood Public School, 905-822-0311, [email protected]  

Patricia Whyte, Principal at Rick Hansen Secondary School, 905-567-4260, [email protected] 

Jennifer Kipfer, Vice-Principal at Humberview Secondary School, 905-857-0771, [email protected]
Reference:  Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2725, [email protected]

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