Canadian high school teams made an impressive showing at the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) championship, held in St. Louis Mo., at the Edward Jones Dome.
More than 18,000 participants, with 800 robots from 40 different countries celebrated students’ engineering and robotics prowess. Emilie Dufour, from FIRST team 3990 Tech for Kids, was named one of 10 students world-wide as a Dean’s List Winner.
Recycling Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, aping those stacks with recycling containers and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.
Canadian FIRST LEGO League teams, for ages 9-14, also competed at the event in a game titled World Class and received several awards for their outstanding accomplishments. (*See chart image for winning teams).
FIRST is an international non-profit organization designed to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in science, engineering and technology. FIRST Robotics Canada, which was started in 2002, has over 1000 teams in Canada and now reaches over 15,000 Canadian students.