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Halton FIRST Robotics Teams Leaders in 'Co-opertition' and Gracious Professionalism

Apr 06, 2015


Halton District School Board was represented by 8 teams – the largest group of any Ontario school board – at the FIRST Robotics North Bay Regionals this weekend. Over 350 people, including staff, students, and mentors attended the competition from Burlington Central, MM Robinson, Craig Kielburger, Milton District, Garth Webb, Oakville Trafalgar, Georgetown District, and Robert Bateman High Schools.

Halton’s teams embodied the FIRST core values of Gracious Professionalism and Co-opertition, demonstrating how fierce competition can go hand-in-hand with learning from others and treating everyone with respect and kindness. The 8 Halton teams kicked off the weekend with a banquet featuring speakers from the HDSB and FIRST Robotics Canada. After a fantastic dinner, team members had the chance to share how their build season was and what they were focusing on together as a team.

Teams faced huge obstacles with the 2015 challenge RECYCLE RUSH. This year’s robots and their human teammates had to contend with three different sizes and shapes of materials – pool noodles, rectangular totes, and cylindrical recycling bins. Robots earn points by moving and stacking totes and recycling bins and by inserting pool noodles into small holes on top of bins – and human players get in on the action too, scoring points by tossing pool noodles into the opposing team’s territory.

This high-stakes, high-energy competition brought out the very best in Halton’s teams as Burlington Central, MM Robinson and Georgetown District, advanced to the semi-finals, formed an alliance, and placed 4th overall. In addition, four Halton teams earned special honours:

  • BCHS - Creativity Award
  • MMR - Design Quality Award
  • OTHS - Entrepreneurship Award
  • Garth Webb - Rookie All Star Team Award

FIRST Robotics is an exciting multinational program that teams high school students, teachers, and industry mentors to solve an engineering design challenge. Combining engineering, design, technology, and entrepreneurship, Halton’s FIRST Robotics program has something for everyone.

Tags: Robotics
Category: HDSB

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