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High school robotics teams shine at FIRST Robotics Canada showdown

Six teams advancing to world championship next month in St. Louis, Missouri

SWC Robotics Team from Thunder Bay, Ontario competing at the FRC Greater Toronto East Regional (March 14, 2015).
SWC Robotics Team from Thunder Bay, Ontario competing at the FRC Greater Toronto East Regional (March 14, 2015).

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College (DC) congratulate the brilliant young students who gathered at the institutions’ shared Oshawa campus March 12 to 14 to demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge at the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Greater Toronto East Regional.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

The three-day high school robotics showdown featured more than 1,000 student-participants from across Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and New York State competing on more than 45 teams. After the final match of the Recycle RushSM program, an alliance of three teams was declared as regional champions:

  • (2056) Orchard Park Secondary School (Stoney Creek)
  • (2852) Denis Morris Catholic High School (St. Catharines)
  • (3710) Frontenac Secondary School (Kingston)

All three schools were awarded spots at the April 22 to 25 FRC World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, along with three other teams in specific award categories:

  • (1325) Gordon Graydon Memorial High School (Mississauga)
  • (3990) Collège Regina Assumpta (Montreal, Quebec)
  • (5428) Markham District High School (Markham)

FIRST® is committed to sustaining key programs that ignite young minds,” said Nisarg Sanchela, Co-Chair, FRC Planning Committee. “We are delighted the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College are such supportive partners of the FIRST program. The shared campus provides an outstanding backdrop that certainly inspires the participants as they consider their future post-secondary studies.”

Full list of award winners

(** denotes teams advancing to World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri)

  • Regional Chairman’s Award**: (1325) Gordon Graydon Memorial High School (Mississauga)
  • Regional Engineering Inspiration Award**: (3990) Collège Regina Assumpta (Montreal, Quebec)
  • FIRST Dean’s List Finalists: Hisha Javeri, (1241) Rick Hansen Secondary School (Mississauga) and Nipun Chheda, (2056) Orchard Park Secondary School (Stoney Creek)
  • Regional Winners**:
    • (2056) Orchard Park Secondary School (Stoney Creek)
    • (2852) Denis Morris Catholic High School (St. Catharines)
    • (3710) Frontenac Secondary School (Kingston)
  • Regional Finalists:
    • (1325) Gordon Graydon Memorial High School (Mississauga)
    • (1241) Rick Hansen Secondary School (Mississauga)
    • (1305) Near North District School Board (North Bay)
  • Woodie Flowers Finalist Award: Pat O’Cain, (781) Kinetic Knights (Kincardine)
  • Industrial Safety Award: (4627) Ernest Manning High School (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Industrial Design Award: (2228) Honeoye Falls-Lima High School and Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (Honeoye Falls, New York)
  • Highest Rookie Seed: (5719) David and Mary Thompson Collegiate Institute (Scarborough)
  • Judges’ Award: (5596) Mary Ward Catholic High School (Scarborough)
  • Rookie All-Star Award**: (5428) Markham District High School (Markham)
  • Rookie Inspiration Award: (5719) David and Mary Thompson Collegiate Institute (Scarborough)
  • Entrepreneurship Award: (1305) Near North District School Board (North Bay)
  • Team Spirit Award: (4476) W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics (Kingston)
  • Excellence in Engineering Award: (2056) Orchard Park Secondary School (Stoney Creek)
  • Gracious Professionalism Award: (781) Kinetic Knights (Kincardine)
  • Creativity Award: (2852) Denis Morris Catholic High School (St. Catharines)
  • Quality Award: (3986) École St-Laurent (St-Laurent, Quebec)
  • Innovation in Control Award: (3117) Harfangs Robotics Team (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
  • Imagery Award: (1241) Rick Hansen Secondary School (Mississauga)
  • Volunteers of the Year: Karsin Lam and Pranit Trivedi, (188) Woburn Collegiate Institute (Scarborough)

Two competing alliances (teams of three) guided their robots in a recycling-themed game to dispose of ‘litter’ and collect as many points as possible during a two-and-a-half minute match. The robots operate independently of their drivers during the first 15 seconds to earn points by moving themselves. Competitors were also recognized for robot design excellence, sportsmanship and teamwork.

The FRC Greater Toronto East Regional was the second of seven national qualifying competitions across Canada.

For more information, please visit the official FRC Greater Toronto East Regional event website.

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