P&WC SUPPORTS FIRST ROBOTICS NEXT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GENERATION!
The FIRST Robotics Challenge kickoff was held on January 9 across Canada. P&WC is proud to support the next science and technology generation for a fifth year. In 2016, 58 P&WC employees will act as mentors for 600 young minds from schools in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. FIRST Robotics has raised the level of complexity this year, and major challenges await our teams.
P&WC mentors will be at many regional and national competitions organized by FIRST Robotics across the country. The teams sponsored by P&WC were recently divided into four categories. Young geniuses will defend their creation in the "FIRST LEGO League Jr." (JrFLL), "FIRST LEGO League" (FLL), "FIRST Tech Challenge" (FTC) and "FIRST Robotics Competition" (FRC) categories. Furthermore, the top teams will have the tremendous honour of attending the international championship in St. Louis, USA.
FRC (ages 14-18)
FIRST requires teams to produce high-tech robots that can perform up to nine different tasks, such as throwing a ball at a tower and climbing it. "This will be very complicated," said Mechanical Senior Analyst and FRC mentor, Carmen Iacocca. "The strategy will be vital to ensuring synergy between the robots and identifying the weaknesses of opposing teams," added Giancarlo Zingaro, Mechanical Analyst and FRC mentor. The FIRST STRONGHOLDSM challenge will definitely be a very exciting event where the general public can influence the outcome of matches.
FTC (ages 9-14, Western Canada only)
This category introduces students to engineering, technology, science and mathematics. This year's teams will participate in the FIRST® RES-QSM challenge, building and operating a robot to simulate a mountain rescue. "Traditionally, robotics competitions are held on a flat, even surface. This year however, we have to climb a steep 45-degrees slope and overcome other obstacles!" said Olivier Lefebvre, Lethbridge Plant General Manager and champion of FTC mentors.
FLL (ages 9-14)
The scientific TRASH TREKSM challenge promotes research, imagination, design and development. With a LEGO kit of parts that include sensors, motors and programmable bricks, participants must build and program an autonomous robot. They will also discuss a waste lifecycle problem and propose a solution. P&WC’s mentors will help young people research and apply practical mathematical and scientific concepts.
JrFLL (ages 6-9)
FIRST Robotics strives to spark children's curiosity with LEGO, presenting them with the WASTE WISESM challenge to raise their awareness of waste lifecycles. Participants must choose a waste product and learn what happens to it when thrown away. P&WC’s mentors will help the teams design and market their LEGO model and information posters.