Ontario boosts support of FIRST robotics technology competition for students
Toronto, ON -- More Ontario schools will put their technology skills to the test through the expansion of the ...
Toronto, ON — More Ontario schools will put their technology skills to the test through the expansion of the FIRST Robotics Canada competition across the province. FIRST is an acronym for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
The province is helping FIRST Robotics Canada offer its competition to all school boards by fall 2010. It will provide FIRST Robotics Canada with $3 million over five years as part of its 2010 Budget.
The competition is designed to increase student interest in science and technology careers through team challenges based on design, manufacturing, programming and testing.
According to a study by Brandeis University in Boston, students who participate in FIRST Robotics competitions are more likely to attend postsecondary education, pursue a career in science, technology or engineering, and volunteer in their community. Through the competition, students also develop their problem-solving, leadership and teamwork skills.
The winners of the two recent Ontario regional competitions — 10 teams in total — will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia, for the Robotics World Championships on April 15 to 17, 2010, where they will face 340 teams from around the world.
“We are very appreciative of the Province of Ontario’s strong support of FIRST,” said Gordon Homer, chairman of FIRST Robotics Canada and a member of the worldwide board of FIRST. “This new partnership will broaden the reach of FIRST’s programs across Ontario to assist our students in developing the science, engineering, technology and teamwork skills that are absolutely vital to success in today’s knowledge-based global economy.”
Ontario had the highest provincial representation of students in the FIRST Robotics Canada competitions with 54 high school teams and over 200 elementary school teams for a total of over 3,500 Ontario students participating in FIRST programs this year.
The 10 winning Ontario teams hail from: Governor Simcoe Secondary School; Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School (Oakville); Oakville Trafalgar High School; Orchard Park Secondary School; Sandwich Secondary School; Sinclair Secondary School; Trafalgar Castle School (private); Westlane Secondary School; Woburn Collegiate Institute; and several schools from Near North District School Board.