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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 – Hundreds packed the Lester B. Pearson School gymnasium in Montreal North February 10 to 12 as the 10th Annual CRC Robotics competition provided for a thrilling exhibit of English and French high school and CÉGEP student’s ingenuity, technological prowess and school spirit.

Following an intense weekend of competition, many teams took home awards. However, it was Marianopolis College which won first place overall, accumulating the highest combined standings in each of the six main categories: Robot (Game), Video, Kiosk, Website, Engineering Design and Sportsmanship. Full standings follow at the end of this release.

"We were thrilled by school's entries this year as always, but even more thrilled with the level of cooperation and teamwork from participants and between schools that we were witness to,” said Peter Szilagyi, one of the organizers of the competition. “This competition is all about giving students an opportunity to take control of their own learning; it’s about the participating students' demonstration of leadership, teamwork and fun."

“I also have to thank Lester B. Pearson High School, especially Maria Palmieri, Steven Rebelo, the other VPs, teachers and student volunteers, for doing a truly outstanding job in hosting this year's competition,” added Szilagyi.

Seventeen schools participated this year, with 10 to 105 students per school team. Approximately six hundred students participated in this year’s event and over six thousand students have participated in CRC Robotics’ events to date.

"I find it just a great way to learn engineering,” said Sean Fielding of Lower Canada College. “The atmosphere is great, there's rock music, everyone is so friendly. It's a great experience,"

The annual competition is operated under the umbrella of the Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST). CRC Robotics is a non-profit organization whose mission is to offer students a medium to learn through hands-on applications in an entertaining, high-intensity environment. High-school and CÉGEP students are challenged in a multidisciplinary competition by various tasks including building a robot, producing a video, designing a web site, presenting a kiosk, and reporting on those activities.
Unique to CRC Robotics is that each entry in the competition is required to be an entirely student-run project. Teachers and other adults serve as mentors; but the robot, video, website and kiosk must all be conceived, built, operated and managed by students. Every year there is a new theme and the tenth anniversary looked at sustainable forestation. 

The appeal of robots and robotics technology among teenagers and young adults is well known. According to The NextGen Education Robotics Summit powered by Robotics Trends, forecasts show that robotics education will shortly become commonplace in pre-college and college classrooms throughout the industrialized world. In addition to these benefits, it has been proven that using robotics in education is a great tool to counter school dropout rates and inspire young minds to embrace a career in science and technology. Bringing together robotics, web development, video production and kiosk presentation multiplies the positive results by exposing students to diverse fields and allowing students with varying interests and skills to interact and work in a team to accomplish a common goal. CRC Robotics is a powerful movement that should be embraced in order to help future generations meet the challenges ahead.

CRC Robotics has already begun planning the 11th Annual Competition, to be held in February 2012. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and ends in October 2011. In order to spark the interest of students, the CRC is available to visit schools for a live robotics demonstration. 

The CRC is open to any school who wants to join: “Our feeling is that while the CRC is a competition, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about playing the game, and not where you finish at the end of the tournament. As long as a school gets to the competition with a working robot, they’ve won,” said Mike Downey, one of the founders and organizers of the competition.
As planning for 2012 begins, the CRC is always seeking title partners to fund its expansion to make this unique educational experience available to more students. Always welcome are mentors and volunteers who can provide lesson and guidance to students at participating schools.
For any teachers, students, and school administrators who would like more information on participating in the CRC Robotics Competition or for sponsorship, mentorship and volunteering opportunities, please contact Peter Szilagyi at 514-867-6920, or
Please visit the CRC’s website at for more information.
Be sure to see the CRC’s promotional video and highlight videos from the CRC’s past ten competitions at:

Complete results from the 10th annual CRC Robotics Competition are as follows: 

Overall, presented by Bishop’s University:
1st Marianopolis College
2nd Macdonald High School
3rd Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Robot (Game):
1st Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
2nd Marianopolis College
3rd Selwyn House School
4th The Study
5th Rosemount Technology Centre

1st Macdonald High School:
2nd Lower Canada College:
3rd The Study:            

1st Collège Regina Assumpta
2nd Macdonald High School
3rd St. George’s School of Montreal

1st École Secondaire Saint-Maxime:
2nd Marianopolis College:         
3rd Rosemount Technology Centre:

Engineering Design, presented by RobotShop:
1st Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
2nd Macdonald High School
3rd Marianopolis College

Sportsmanship (voted by participating schools):
1st Cégep Vanier College
2nd Rosemount Technology Centre
3rd Dawson College

NEVER SAY DIE / Lâche pas la patate Trophy (team that struggles but refuses to give up):
École Secondaire Saint-Maxime

Representing the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) at this year’s competition was Rosemount Technology Centre. Joining them were students from Macdonald High School, Lake of Two Mountains High School, Laurier Senior High School, Laval Liberty High School, École Secondaire Saint-Maxime, Centennial Academy, Collège Regina Assumpta, Lower Canada College, Selwyn House School, St. George’s School of Montreal, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, The Study, Cégep Vanier College, Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, Dawson College and Marianopolis College.




Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213