The first B.C. Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition will be held at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre from March 14 to 16.
As many as 30 robotics teams, and their robots built and programmed by high school students, will set up at the arena for the first competition of its kind in B.C.
“From the moment I met Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST Robotics, three years ago I was convinced this was something I needed to bring to B.C.” said Graham Lee, president of the GSL Group, which owns the arena. “Helping to develop robotics and artificial intelligence in our province is a personal goal of mine and this competition will open up opportunities for young innovators to be involved first hand, and possibly initiate future careers in this industry that will have a major impact on our future.”
The competition aims to provide learning and development opportunities for kids in technology, and showcase the robots in a battle that combines sport, science and teamwork.
Under strict time limitations, students design and build 55-kilogram robots that compete on a playing field to complete tasks. Students program and test their machines using skills in engineering, coding, and design. Teams also develop business and marketing plans, as well as outreach initiatives to fund raise and engage their local community.