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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 16, 2012- Get ready for a blast of energy and high spirits when 600 high school and Cegep students invade Vanier College (821 Sainte-Croix) in St. Laurent   for the 11th annual CRC Robotics Competition, Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 18 and compete against one another in exciting demonstrations of creativity and ingenuity focused on building the best robot and the best team. 

The working robot is only one part of the challenge. In this competition as in today’s work world, it takes all kinds of talents for a project to succeed.  For instance, on an engineering project, there’s a design and building team, a management team, a marketing team of artists and writers and a team of website designers.  It’s this range of abilities and the sense of team spirit that the CRC Robotics Competition aims to recognize with awards in Robot (Game), bilingual Video production, Kiosk, Website, Engineering Design and Sportsmanship. 

The CRC Robotics Competition is unique because it’s the only robotics competition where all the work is done exclusively by students – teachers, engineers, and outside specialists are welcome but for advice only.  Except for a motor and a control box that each team receives, everything about the robot, the kiosk, the video, and the website is conceived and built by the students, and where language is necessary, both French and English must be used. 

“The CRC Robotics competition is about both competition and cooperation,” says Peter Szilagyi, Head Coordinator, CRC Robotics.  “Robots play against each other, but teams must also work together.  The schedule is planned so that every school team works with and competes against every other team.  We have an award for sportsmanship because what goes on behind the scenes is very important.  Even competing teams help each other out.”

“In the CRC Robotics Competition the focus is the students.  We figure kids are sick of people telling them what to do, so in this contest they get to do things themselves and take control of their own learning.   The contest generates a fantastic dynamic.  Some schools have teams of 100 students.  Some schools even have two teams.  Some teams create costumes to go with their kiosk.  There’s no limit to their imagination.”

“It’s great to win the game but if you’ve come to the competition with a working robot, you’re already a winner!”

Check the action: 

11th annual CRC Robotics Competition Event Schedule:

Thursday, February 16, 2012 (6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.        Opening Ceremonies (including parade of robots)
7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.        First round of preliminary heats

Friday, February 17, 2012 (10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.)
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.   Second round of preliminary heats
2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.       Third round of preliminary heats
5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.       CRC Alumni and VIP Cocktail/Gathering
7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.       Fourth round of preliminary heats

Saturday, February 18,  2012 (9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.    Repechage Rounds
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.    Quarter-Finals
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.      Semi-Finals
4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.      Finals

List of participating Schools

English Montreal School Board:
Lauren Hill Academy
Lester B. Pearson High School
Rosemount Technology Centre (Adult Education Centre)

Lester B. Pearson School Board:
Macdonald High School
Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board:
Lake of Two Mountains High School
Laurier Senior High School
Laval Liberty High School

Private High-Schools (English and French):
Centennial Academy
Collège Laval
Lower Canada College
Selwyn House School
St. George’s School of Montreal 
The Sacred Heart School of Montreal
West Island College

CÉGEPs (English and French):
Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon (from Quebec City)
Vanier College
Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne
Collège Montmorency
Dawson College
Marianopolis College



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